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The Truth About Brand Name Products & Copies


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In China, and closeby Asian countries where all manufacturing is moving to, especially clothing and definitely jewelry, those fabricators and manufacturing operators and owners are Chinese. This is because they have all the experience in the world. Chinese manufacturers of everything, whether they are in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam or China, they know what they do very well.

Since the opening up of China in the 1970s by Deng Xiao Ping (“It’s Glorious to Get Rich”.) Chinese workers and managers and owners, of course, have learnt how to make everything from Apple mobile phones to Nike, UnderArmour to Pandora charms. I have said this before, the Chinese are the most skilled, hardworking and dedicated manufacturers on the planet.

They do not want to give that position up, and so now they are building and making their own products. New China brands, for example, phones, are outstanding value and have huge performances, much better than the latest iPhones at a quarter of the price.

Brands Get Paid by Distributors Per Item in Advance to Produce & Sell

Get to the point, Caroline. So, TradeMarked brands receive money from distributors who pay makers to create the TradeMarked brand’s products. This is how things are made and have been for over 30 years, just in case you did not know. This means the brands get the money before the items are made or sold.

The brands ensure the production meets the standards of their brand. In actual fact, they are teaching how to make the products perfectly to the Chinese factory owner. The owners often open up another factory and duplicate the first factory and produce replicants, the only difference is that the 70% or higher fee to the brand of the product has not been paid.

These items are identical, not copies.

Know Your Grade Export, A, B, C, D, E

The identical replicas are Grade Export. Grade A is made with slightly cheaper materials and is very close identical. Each letter, the quality of the material to what you would see as a bad fake, are Grade C, and so on.

Don’t forget the materials for all products are sold to distributors at prices much higher than are normal in China. The factory owner can get those materials for the distributor and the brand at a lower price. So, when producing their own, often the actual quality is much higher and better than, say, Pandora. Just as with their mobile phones.

Charm Grades – Get to Understand

What are the differences between the charms? There are two main types of charms. The charms that take their creative designs from Pandora and other famous brands. The second type of charms, are those that are made with the same high quality or higher than brands (the best manufacturers in China stop producing for themselves and selling because they don’t want to produce for brands anymore, they have more than the skills as they have been doing what they do for 50 years now!)

Pandora is made for Pandora. It is an original product. So, we have two types, brand and non-brand.

Brand charms also come in Export Grade, Grade A, B, C, D, and rarely E. Export Grade also come absolutely identical products, all brand markings included – these manufacturers made them for the big brands and continue to by themselves. I can get my hands on these at any time.

The charms you see on are Export Grade. That means all genuine materials, sterling silver, cubic zirconias, outstanding quality rose gold and 14k gold electro-coatings that simply don’t fade off.

The Challenge, Which is Which?

Charms for around $10 in Australia are Grade B and worse. The charms that you see on eBay that are extremely cheap, 100 charms cost the sellers $100. They sell them for $5. The charms look the same but they are not. The core of the charms is not sterling silver, it is steel with silver plating. The cubic zirconias are glass, or even cheaper lower grade hard plastic.

Which of these charms the Export Grade that sells for around $50-80 (which has a core of S925 sterling silver and excellent quality rose gold electroplating,) and which one is the Grade-D (cheap rose gold plating and not made of sterling silver, sold for around $15 on eBay? The left or the right? Either of them could be Export Grade with all the markings, identical to the original.

Charm Comparison

Comment your decision on our facebook page on this post, and I will let you know soon, which is what.

I know all this because I got to know Asia and China for more than three decades, closer to four. All this information was only shared to me after a decade. It’s common knowledge in Thailand, China, Laos and Vietnam.

Sorry, the truth hurts.


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Pandora is Made in Thailand Factories




Pandora is Made in Thailand Factories

Just in case you thought that you were buying highly crafted jewelry from a European manufacturer, the fact is that Pandora employs around 24,000 people around the world in their concept stores and 13,000 are employed in Thailand to make their jewelry. There is nothing that makes Pandora special other than their history. The same manufacturers that make Pandora make much more than Pandora. You are paying a ridiculous price for a logo.

Think about it, the manufacturers that make for Pandora know exactly how to make Pandora to Pandora standards, and not just Pandora, just about any brand in the world. My name is Caroline Stocks. I have lived and worked in Asia for over 30 years and I know what really goes on. Want another cold hard truth? Twenty percent is the accepted non-brand brand replacement post-customs/pre-shipping (yes think about that) and I am talking about every single product made in South East Asia. Thailand distributors take production another step further. Once they have paid for brand rights to order the production of a particular brand, they keep making that product long after their rights have expired – sorry folks, this is the norm.

What is a brand? A brand, like Pandora makes nothing. Just like most brands these days. Burberry is another perfect example. They shut down all production in the UK and moved all production to Asia, while using Kate Moss as their brand ambassador. Just like Apple. Just like Benetton. Wholesalers and distributors pay an upfront free to produce and then pay brands per item to make their product. They use a manufacturer in Asia (where those manufacturers have over 50 years of making everything) to make the product and pay the brand a fee per product. This is before it is sold. That is how brands make money.

Want to know the real truth?

So what does the factory owner who makes the brand product for the wholesaler at the exacting standards for the brand? With their experience, they are able to continue to, although technically illegal if they prosecuted and the brand wins the legal battle, make the same and even better products than they produced for the distributor/wholesaler because Asian manufacturers NEVER supply the best materials to foreign companies, and I can guarantee you that. I have so many experiences that will shock you, and I am sure I am going to get some flak for speaking out but you need to know what you are getting and what you are really paying for as consumers.

Just look at Huawei, most of Apple iPhones are made of their components… And their phones are better by far.

So, I am not afraid. I am going to really expose what I know so customers around the world and my home country understand what they are getting. I am old enough and I don’t care. What can they do to me? Shut down this little site that supplies outstanding quality jewelry at lower prices, jewelry that is better than the brand-pre-paid productions – I make sure of it.

Chinese and Asian (often Chinese owned and managed) manufacturers have been making everything for the world for 50 years. Just think about that.

There is no such thing as a fake. Those days were over 40 years ago.

There are standards, and I will explain in great detail as I educate you as a customer to get better value for your money.


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