1/15/2021

Beware of the 4 cent mask

We have all seen the low cost import masks available in LA and NY for $0.04 or less. Sure the price is attractive, but do you know what you are buying? In reality the pricing is the only thing that is good about most of these products.

How can Chinese manufacturers sell at such a low cost? PPE products, and face masks in general, are sold at little to no profit as the manufacturers are subsidized directly from the Chinese government. Was pricing this low pre-Covid? In most cases the answer is NO. This pricing is a concerted effort to hurt American manufacturers and increase our dependence on cheap Chinese products.

We have all seen the low cost import masks available in LA and NY for $0.04 or less. Sure the price is attractive, but do you know what you are buying? In reality the pricing is the only thing that is good about most of these products.

How can Chinese manufacturers sell at such a low cost? PPE products, and face masks in general, are sold at little to no profit as the manufacturers are subsidized directly from the Chinese government. Was pricing this low pre-Covid? In most cases the answer is NO. This pricing is a concerted effort to hurt American manufacturers and increase our dependence on cheap Chinese products.

PPE supply was a concern before Covid and this pandemic has shown the United States the disastrous effects when we rely too heavily on importing products. Less than 30% of the domestic face mask needs before the pandemic was made in the US. American manufacturers have answered the call by increasing PPE output and re-tooling to enter the market.

If we keep falling for these cheap prices, domestically manufactured production will decrease and our dependence on importing sub-par products will increase before our government can apply the planned tariffs to level the playing field.

Below are links on various concerns which unchecked allow for dirt cheap pricing, but also quality you can't count on.

At some point we all have to weigh the cost of cheap PPE over supporting American manufacturers.

Look for US PPE manufacturers that use all
Berry compliant American made raw materials.

Support American Manufacturers!

Buy American!