China Syndrome

Sure, the labor over there is cheap. But shoddy quality nearly killed this hi-fi startup.
Six years into a Chinese joint venture, Michael Allen was ready to shut down his fledgling stereo equipment company, Jolida (joe-LEE-da).His Shanghai-made amplifiers and CD players were burning out and breaking down; paint bubbled and peeled, volume knobs made buzzing sounds. Overwhelmed by returns of faulty products, in 2001 Allen was losing… (

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