I don’t know what it was like in your family, but mine always harboured a deep seated mistrust for things made in China. Products originating from the land of the Great Wall were always deemed inferior and of low quality due to the country’s supposed lack of quality control. This may be true, but the undeniable fact is that so much stuff is Made in China now, and it’s cheap.
The good news for you and me is that with the Internet and globalisation, it means we have direct access to the Chinese market. A great example is Deal Extreme. This site offers a myriad of electronic gadgets and other trinkets at ridiculously low prices; the little bits and pieces that you never knew you needed. But what’s really amazing is free international shipping, even if your total order is less than a dollar!
I’m not going to take up any more of your valuable time explaining what’s available and how it all works, the site more than speaks for itself. Just go and shop! (Support THRIFTerrific by using my affiliate link).