|Martin, Kirsty & Gareth|
My second plan was to buy a few bits 'n bobs for my 1996 Discovery -these included a side awning, and fridge.
Expedition equipment - designed and tested in country but 'Made in China' - would you buy it?
Expedition equipment and the challenge of buying locally made vs Chinese-made imports...
That was what the Syney 4wd & adventure show was all about... Quality vs price! More on this very sensitive topics later in this post...
The Sydney 4wd & Adventure show offered visitors a good selection of products from independent and retail brands, along with the usual 4wd test track and showground for those interested in testing their vehicles and watching the pros tackle huge rock obstacles to become 'king of the show'.
The products ranged from suspension modifications, recovery, lights, camper trailers along with the mix of independent stands selling cables, tools, bbq grids and tyres.
A few photos from the day (via my mobile phone as my battery went flat on the digital camera!):
A very impressive rooftop tent mounted on a vehicle.
|Land Rover Defender with Yamaha outboard engine|
An imported South African brand awning had a retail price of $850. A locally designed, sourced and made awning (sold by an independent expedition company) retailed around the $550 price point.
Three companies, all major Australian brands, offered an identical ''Made in China' awning. All the companies had their brand stitched to the side of the cover. The most expensive of these items retailed for $270 whilst the cheapest, retailed for a show price of $120!
Guess which company had queues of people waiting to pay for an awning? Yip, the $120 priced one. I felt really disturbed that the local owner of the expedition awning company (Polaris Innovations) offered awesome quality, personable service and a warranty that you knew you could trust was being outsold by products because of price. More on my thoughts and what I decided in the next blog post...
What's your thoughts? Do you opt for good quality or simply choose a product on price?