As an addition to Dougs' piece, one of the main reasons for stuff not coming from China, is that they have sent out thousands of containers all round the world, and because (as Doug said) they are stuck in all sorts of places, the Chinese have virtually run out of containers, as they are not getting them back. China makes most of the worlds containers, but they don't want to make the thousands they need at present, as once things are back to normal, there will be a massive glut of containers (not to mention the cost to China).
I have just received a note on my latest Ali Exp order, saying it is not expected to arrive here till Sept ?! (ordered end of June) Might as well not bother😐. Perhaps they are having another lockdown we haven't heard about, which is holding things up? It's about time we went back to making our own, even if it would cost more, at least it would be better made, and more importantly, available today, not next year!.
Just playing with my small generator tonight (decided not to work in a power cut) Always been a pig to get going. Found a bullet connector in the coil circuit had not been plugged in properly, and just fell off when I lifted the tank off, plus the float in the carburettor had no pin and was just floating around in the bowl (flooding it constantly,- ended up fitting a split pin) Gave up tonight,- power came back on before I could fix it (as you might expect😠) after struggling by torchlight for 40 mins. That's the quality we've come to accept unfortunately. We used to make brilliant stuff here,- TVs, stereos, toasters, fridges, washing machines, tools, - car assembly (Ford, Toyota, Rootes Group, Austins, Mazda, Nissan, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, GM, Chrysler, Peugeot, Hino, Isuzu, Renault, Rambler, Honda etc etc, can't think of much we make now😴 - except cool carbon fibre rockets, (Rocket Lab)😊- Hamilton Jet, -more tech stuff now. ( and lots of wine)
At least I still have a NZ assembled 1988 Toyota Corolla 1600 I've kept for nostalgia, (had it for 16yrs) and a 1990 Australian assembled Toyota Cressida 3L, (oldies but goodies) - no more cars made in either country now (Ford and Holden manufacturing in Aust has gone now as well.) Hard to even find anything made in Japan any more which is a shame, as they made quality stuff, (still have an ETC socket set from 1978 which has never broken a socket) The sky is falling😁