Editor’s note: This was contributed by Nera Cruz, writer and web merchandiser for different online marketplaces around the globe since 2011. 

The words “Made in China” elicit a wide range of responses and perceptions. We often see this label on a wide variety of things from our favorite sneakers, to our smartphone adapters and some of the best-selling and popular toys on the market. There’s no surprise that these three little words can create such ambivalence.

There was a time when people enjoyed and appreciated products from China. Items such as furniture, dining sets, and tea had cultural value worldwide. However, since China became the de facto supplier of products for many brands, people all over the world had a change of heart.

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