dls wrote:I doubt it.
This is not the same but may be indicative . .
Years ago there was an investigation into falsely branded jeans. It turned out that they were being made by the same company who had lost the contract with the brand, and that the ones now being supplied were in fact of higher quality than those supplied under the brand.
It is apparently common practice for consumer goods made in certain countries that when the official batch run is completed, say 10,000 pairs of jeans, another five thousand will be knocked out and sold elsewhere. This applies to just about any marketable branded goods, from jeans to cigarette papers.
There is also the pricing and availability of certain generic goods. They market down to the cheapest bidder. One day a bucket of paint will be an over-production from a decent company, another day the only available quantity purchase will be from Jack The Ripoff, but the outlet needs to have a constant supply of that particular type of paint, so that is what's bought. Most people accept this because we have been taught to buy the price label.
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