I can’t believe MAKE Magazine is focused on telling their Makers how to go offshore. I’ve written about the problems of offshoring before. Even big companies get it wrong and it makes no sense at all for small companies with so many fine innovative shops right here on our shores. I’ve talked to many small businesses who are building all sorts of things without recourse to offshoring.
Head on over to the MAKE article and leave a comment telling them what you think about it, and tell them CNCCookbook sent you. Let’s get the word out that small companies have no need to offshore. Part of the problem is just ignorance–they hear Apple does it and think they have to as well. Give examples. I know we’ve had a bunch of successful Kickstarter projects write to me, for example.
Despite my comment not saying anything more than what I’ve said here, though with different words, I see MAKE deleted the comment. I wouldn’t have thought them to be heavy-handed moderators, but heck, it’s their rag. I just think the article is utterly ridiculous. I can’t understand why a publication that calls itself “MAKE” is effectively advising would-be MAKErs that they need to let the Chinese do the MAKEing for them. As I said, I think it is more ignorance than anything. Any company large enough to benefit from offshoring is quite large and won’t be looking to MAKE to understand how to do their manufacturing anyway. It just pains me to see MAKE filling these young entrepreneurs heads with silly ideas.