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Why do most people choose imported products over home made products?

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  • Why do most people choose imported products over home made products?

    From the way the market is structured recently, it's very obvious from analysis that up to 70% of customers are going for imported products over the products manufactured in their own infant industries. I happened to ask someone regarding the issue lately and she told me most times that quality differs to a great extent which is why she preferred imported products over home made products. Personally, I think it's just psychology and illusion that imported products are better than home made products, although packaging has a lot to do with influencing consumers decision.

  • #2
    We call it colonial mentality when people prefer imported products. We were under the Spanish rule for 400 years and later on Americans took control for a decade not to mention the Japanese invasion of 4 years. People just have their own tastes but now more people are enamored with Korean products than Japanese and American products.


    • #3
      So, basically it has nothing to do with one's personal taste but rather the mentality that has been influenced by bombardment of foreign culture and values. To be very honest with you, I value customer who still respect their roots when it comes to choosing between foreign and locally made products in as much as how intimidating such imported products are, they still prefer to patronize their home products.


      • #4
        Maybe it is in our culture that imported products are always better than local products. If you want to brag among your friends, you have to buy imported products to be impressionable with your shoes, shirts and other personal things. This tendency based on the culture should also be taken into consideration by market analysts for it is a big contributing factor to the sales of products.


        • #5
          Looking at how Gucci products are perceived to be the best among the best when compared to other brands. In as much as its quality is quite good, but it doesn't take away the fact that there are other products better than Gucci in the open market but that perception of Gucci being the best still dominate people choice in as much as their products are very costly, so many rich people patronize it.


          • #6
            In one casual chat yesterday with my colleagues, the imported items for Christmas was the topic particularly bags and shoes. It was a consensus that imported bags and shoes will dominate the sales because that is always the case during the Christmas season when people have the money for spending. Now that is a clear indication that local products should be on the sideline for the moment while the imported goods are getting the biggest part of the market pie.