The Struggle for Dominance
The current state of the American market for ash-cleaning technology shows an influx in Chinese imports that include everything from cleaning devices to replacement parts and accessories. As seen below, that is no surprise.
The predominant factor seems to be low prices. People look for what they can afford, and consumers like to save money. Marketing strategies reflect this pattern.
Ever since its inception in the late-1980s, the ash vacuum market has become a distinct global industry, and it is still growing.
The American market has only two companies worthy of mention: Love-Less Ash , Inc.—the creator of the famed Cheetah II® and Copperfield, known for the Cricket vacuum. These two ventures have respective histories to substantiate them as leaders. Many less reputable manufacturers draw on larger enterprises of the Chinese market to produce cheap vacuums for meeting volume demands and minimizing overhead costs.
Zhenan Electrical Appliance, Shenzhen Hoba Robot and a multitude of other companies comprising the Chinese market are prevalent and consistent. Their physical and technical designs focus on being both stylish yet still functional. The products are frequently high quality and can give the American market a run for its money, and the supply is varied and constant.
Anyone thinking about buying a new ash vacuum should read reviews and get as much information as possible before making a decision either way.
Distinctions in Quality
Where does this comparison start?
As suggested above, a great difference lies in cost. American models on average cost around $200 and up, depending on make and model, so market value varies.Chinese ash cleaners, on the other hand, are cheap. After shipping, custom fees and import/sales taxes, they fall easily between $80-120. That is half the price at the American market’s lowest range.
The warranty, too, is different. American ash vacuums have a one-year guarantee where Chinese have two years. Apparently, the latter boast their confidence this way.
Product construction offers differences in quality and performance. Cloth and secondary filters do not seal tightly enough tothe canister on some of the Chinese models, and the two-clip drum seals are not entirely secure. American drum lids have three clips for added snugness on canisters to assure safety, cleanliness and aesthetic sleekness.
As far as the motor goes, some Chinese vacuums generate inadequate power for suction. This results from lower production costs to accommodate high volume. Conversely, the motors used in American models facilitate efficient power for top-grade performance, but the vacuums’ higher cost limits production.
U.S. ash vacuum manufacturers are having a tough time competing with the Chinese market, which appeals to the needs of the public, namely in cheap prices and availability. American models are more expensive because materials facilitate greater performance, but production is limited due to expense. This latter approach cannot reach the public in a timely manner, so the companies lose out.
Still, one point is clear: the consumer is at the heart of production on both sides.
Customer needs come first–this is how it should be.
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