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Where is it made? Advertising implies NZ, but the box says China.

We upgraded the kids’ beds to King Single… because they’re both getting big.

Unfortunately the place I bought the excellent old bunk beds years ago (“Chunky Pine Bunks”) seems to have closed down… a real shame because all I wanted was fairly plain, but really sturdy beds.

I hunted around and eventually found these:

Bed advertised on web site

Good price, looked sturdy. I went in and checked them out in person, and they looked okay, so ordered them.

When they arrived, I noted that unlike the advertisement above which implies they are made in NZ, they are actually made in China.

Box from bed

I’ve got no problem with the quality of them; so far they’ve been fine. And frankly, the price was right.

But I’m not sure how I feel about the advertising implying they’re made in NZ, when they’re not.

Of course it’s possible that the wood originates in NZ but is shipped to China for construction. Or perhaps it’s some type of wood that is known as New Zealand Pine?

Oh well. Just one of those things I suppose.

I guess the message here is that if the country of origin is important, be sure to ask — don’t trust the advertising, especially if it’s a bit vague.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

11 replies on “Where is it made? Advertising implies NZ, but the box says China.”

I reckon that ad is more than just naughty, it could be illegal.
The ad states “NZ pine construction”. So the wood is not just from NZ but the construction occurred there.
If you could be bothered, you could refer it to the ACCC.
BTW, we regret giving one of our kids a king size single, as it takes up 50% more room of her bedroom than a normal single.

Actually it looks like its written by a lawyer because there is no comma. I agree with @Roger, but it could also be read as “NZ Pine (pause) Construction” which would indicate that it was made of NZ Pine, but gives no info about where.

Its all in the wording…

I don’t see any real problem. It doesn’t say where it was made; that sort of wording is pretty common. Just look up all the variations of “Australian Made”.

I mainly have a problem with the whole thing: one also has to wonder at a world where it’s cheaper to ship wood from NZ to China and back to Australia than to just make a bed in Australia. From the plantation wood we have here, in abundance.

The idea of carbon sequestration in wood isn’t great anyway, but certainly is completely destroyed if the wood is used in that sort of situation.

Have been looking at Bunkers for bunks for our boys, but they are a lot more costly than this lot. Have you put these king singles up yet? Are they as sturdy as they appear?

Because of the word “Solid”, I think that legally it probably means it’s consrtucted from NZ wood—you would be offended if you bought this and found out that the wood wasn’t solid, the construction was. It’s possible it was on honest mistake: they knew it was made from NZ pine, and that’s the thing that stood out to them, but they didn’t think they were saying where it was actually made.

So I might talk to them, point out the confusion, and enjoy the rest of the week. I doubt this is anything that the ACCC is worth talking to over.

If your ceilings are high enough (I’m pretty sure they are), a loft bed will add, rather than remove, space from a bedroom. Ikea do a loft double which will give you the same 200cm length in a mattress that a king single does (no Ikea loft king single). My current plan is to supply these to my kids when they enter high school.

** Loft beds and bunk beds are not suitable for children under ten, due to their propensity to see how far they can jump. Presumably if one has kids who won’t do this, bunk beds will be fine for you.

Aussies retail websites should be required by law to state the country of manufacture for each item they sell.

Kind of like movie OFLC ratings.

I can remember some Chrysler Corp. cars being advertised as “made in North America” when they were in fact made in Canada or Mexico. Canada and Mexico are indeed in North America but many people looking specifically to buy a US made and not imported car might assume the cars would be made in the USA. The ad was truthful but a bit misleading.

Hi Daniel

In the 1990s, all New Zealand’s pine forests were sold to foreign companies, including Chinese ones.

All NZ wood is now cut and trucked (not railed) to ports and exported for processing elsewhere.

Not just China. Dozens of Australian mills and fabricators get NZ wood.

Really, really sad.

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