Most of our favourite consumer technologies are manufactured in China. This might lead some people to vote depends. But a thought must be put aside for the people that actually make the stuff.
There was a ruckus made recently (months back?) about the factory that makes iPhones. Workers, forced to work hard hours, live in dorms attached to the factory, and paid peanuts, were committing suicide to escape.
Previous to that I had watched a documentary about the factory that makes those shiny bead necklaces for the Mardi Gras. Their conditions were horrible, poor ventilation and no protective gear as they worked with some very nasty chemicals. And for what? Some fucking shiny plastic beads.
So when you ask, 'Made In China: Sucks or Rocks?' I don't see it as a choice between the poor quality junk commonly associated with Made In China and the high tech consumer gear we all love. I see slave labour, and there's no way to classify slave labour as a 'depends'.
Depends. Because of much lower expenses on producing, Sony, Canon, Samsung, Apple, Creative, Genius and some other well known brands produce/make the major part of their stuff/appliances in China. So, if they are assembled in official factory they meet the quality demands of the particular brand.
But, personally I, always try to buy the stuff assembled in brand's original country.