The empty U.S. shelves of surgical masks and other things, coupled with the images of first responders and hospital staff not having enough personal protective equipment in the thick of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic may have served as another wakeup call for American consumers: many are becoming “hostile” toward China-made products, according to a study.
About half of consumers said they agree or strongly agree that U.S. retailers should cut back on sourcing from China, more than double the 20% who disagreed, according to a study released this week by Coresight Research. Two-fifths of American consumers said the pandemic has made them less willing to buy products made in China.
“This is a further indication that U.S. retailers should review the extent of their reliance on China as a manufacturing hub,” according to the study, titled “Consumers turn against Made in China” as part of the weekly surveys the firm has conducted since mid-March. The result is “indicating a mistrust among U.S. consumers about China-made products and a backlash over the coronavirus.”
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