Buying Canadian is becoming increasingly difficult in times where the easy answer is to go off shore and have it made for you, as cheaply as possible. As a medium sized loudspeaker manufacturer, we at StudioLAB could just as easily decided to have our loudspeakers manufactured, packaged up and shipped to us from China.
So why haven’t we oriented ourselves to go down the same path as most of the loudspeaker industry? There are many moral reasons, which we feel by now is plainly (and painfully) obvious to anyone who’s lost a job to cheap labour. Products coming out of those factories can sure look pretty, but where corners can be cut to save a few cents, you can be certain they will be. After all, isn’t it the time spent in ensuring that no corners were cut what differentiates a run of the mill audio product from a true to life music reproducer? Our 37 years of experience in producing hundreds of thousands of loudspeakers certainly points to that conclusion.
Although now in the minority, we are certainly not the only ones who continue to produce quality Canadian made products, you just have to look carefully. If you’re looking to support the local economy by purchasing locally made products, may we suggest that you look past the well known North American brand name, and find out just what country the sticker says it’s made in.