I was doing the Wish Book thing on Amazon and EBay again when I ran across quite a few little deals on some things that have been on my Wish List for a long time.
Mostly crap for my little Chinesium Mini Lathe and other assorted Home Machining applications.
I have basically been doing this every once in a while since I got the damn thing what, three years ago now?
It’s a never ending thing with me.
For those three years, there have only been a few deals that I have run across that could compete with the prices the Chinese have been able to get away with.
A couple I snagged and ran with. One was an Angle Plate, the other was a set of 10mm “T” nuts for my drill press.
Both of those items came from India and they beat the pants off of any deals I saw coming out of China. Equal or better quality too.
Free shipping just like the Chinese outfits, cheaper to buy than from them up front though.
I didn’t think anyone could even come close to competing with the Chinese when it came to cheap tools and machinery. I will admit I was very mistaken and pleasantly surprised too.
So tonight I ran into another little deal on a cheap Knurling tool.
Yet another handy thing to have that over the last three years I have seen countless examples of that were cheaper to buy and have shipped half way around the world than they would be to even buy the raw materials for locally. Not to mention the time and other incidentals that would be expended. I priced just the wheels once thinking I would just make one and it was well over $20 for a set of four, delivered, from a U.S. supplier.
So I finally broke down and ordered one.
They may have that Corona Virus thing going around like everyone else, I don’t know.
Either way, what I also noticed about a whole bunch of cheap Chinesium goodies for sale on EBay tonight is that they are either not in stock or have a “Greatly Extended Wait Period For Delivery” notice. Shipping containers from China have basically dried up.
This is where the Indians are going to step up to the plate and cut a nice slice out of that particular market.
In another and very related vein on this particular train of thought, you may recall President Trump just spent a week or so over in India and was received like a King.
How much would you like to wager he talked a little business while he was there?
I would like to think that the Chinese are about to get their asses handed to them on a cheap Chinesium platter.
Have some Trade War, Hop Sing.
They have to be shitting little Golden Dragons right about now.