By Diane Bartz
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Instead of presents, Mary Naden gives her teenaged children skateboard lessons or takes them on outings — an effort, she says, to avoid buying goods.
“I like my cheap goods, too, but there’s something that just sticks in my craw,” said Naden, 49, who lives in suburban Washington and works as a vocal coach.
In the wake of recalls of millions of toys with lead paint and other dangers, seafood tainted with chemical residues and toothpaste containing an antifreeze chemical, some U.S. consumers have become wary of Chinese goods.
A total of 75.8 percent of almost 1,000 people surveyed said they would not buy Chinese-made toys, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on October 17.