The “Made in PRC” sign may be found on various goods for at least a few years. Some people know what this abbreviation stands for, some of them even found the explanation themselves, however there are still many people who are not sure what country the product with this symbol comes from. When the customers do not know what the origin of the particular product is, they also do not know what they can expect after purchasing it, i.e. they cannot be sure if the product meets their requirements in terms of durability. In the following article we decided to explain to all people who have no idea about the origin of the product flagged with this sign, what PRC really means.
So, what does the “Made in PRC” mark stand for? Where is PRC country?
Briefly speaking, PRC stands for People’s Republic of China, so the name of the country. In other words, such a stamp means that the product was manufactured in China. Few people know that the above name is the official name of China. The commonly used name is only a colloquial and simplified version of the real one. Thus, this secret mark seems to be a better sign than the “Made in China” one, which is known by almost everyone.
Moreover, a lot of people also do not know that the administrative regions of China, such as Hong Kong or Macau, have different official names. The official name of Hong Kong is “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China”, and if it comes to Macau – “Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China”. Does anyone use these names? Certainly not, because nobody tends to use such a complicated name in a daily conversation. It is only a titbit of news.
Why has the well-known “Made in China” mark been replaced on some products with the “Made in PRC” one?
The reason of replacing on some products those signs is simple – it has been done, because the first mark was known by almost everyone in the world and some people have not associated it well. Changing the way to sign the products was purely a marketing tool. The main goal of such a procedure was to increase the sales of Chinese products and to improve the image of goods manufactured in that country. While choosing the product, people have a tendency to check what country the particular item comes from. The first impression of a person who notices the “Made in PRC” sign is rather positive, because they think that they’ve just bought a non-Chinese product (a lot of people are used to thinking that almost all products come from China). Only after some time, when the client finds out, on their own or being informed by someone else, what the PRC country is, they realize that such products are the Chinese ones too.
Such changes are also introduced in other cases, what is exactly known by entrepreneurs. For example, when the name of the company puts the customers off, it is usually changed in order to improve a turnover and get the clients back, because of becoming more reliable. Namely, when the connotation of the company name is mainly positive, it remains. The companies often buy the trademark rights of the mark that is well-known in order not to build the image of the company from scratch. It costs a lot of money, but it pays off.
The second reason of changing the mark could have been the will to use the sign that would be an abbreviation from the official name of the country. As we mentioned before, China is not the official name.
Why does the producer have to provide the mark with the information about the country of manufacture such as the “Made in PRC” mark?
The stamp on the imported goods was introduced mainly in order to inform the consumer about the country of manufacture of the product, what allows them to make a conscious decision of buying the item. The lack of label informing about the country of manufacture is an example of unfair competition, because it misguides the client in terms of the origin of the particular product. The name of the producer is also required on the product’s label. Moreover, some packages have to include other stamps. For example, in the European Union, some products have to be signed with the CE marking. Goods that include health-threatening substances have be signed with warning signs.
We hope that after reading this article, our readers will be able to make conscious purchasing decisions and to explain that “Made in PRC” sign is put on products that are manufactured in China.