For many years in various parts of Africa I've resisted the purchase of anything made in China; invariably, and although the item may have an initial appeal because of its low price, it will turn out to be tat; usually that's abundantly obvious on first inspection. This has always been the case, from kitchen cooking kit to plumbing supplies (that same shower unit has been on sale for thirty five bloody years, all over the Middle and Far East, and all over Africa, and it's crap - but cheap). The equivalent product made in England, Germany or the US has always - always - been of higher quality, and although likely to be pricier, the lifetime benefit has always been on the side of the Western-produced item. Now do a tour of Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's or Tesco, and try to find any piece of cutlery or other home-based item which hasn't been made in China. You'll find it difficult. The apparent quality has been raised, but not by much. The proportion of such items on sale which have been made in China is, I'm sure, a hundredfold what it was ten years ago, but worse, there is no competitive product on sale which has been made in the UK. Today I foolishly bought a pair of slippers (yes, ok) from M&S, trusting to their usual 'reasonable' standard of quality, and realised that the good old days of reliable British quality are comprehensively over in this bracket of produce. Happy ******* Chinese Christmas.