A Tidal Wave Of Chinese Goods

For China, 'tis the season to be jolly. Just ask Laura Paull of Vernon Hills, Ill., a suburb north of Chicago. Of the three gifts in her shopping cart at Toys `R' Us, two are made in China. "I just assumed they were made in the U.S.," she says, frowning at the Chinese-produced $49.99 Turbo Blaster Raceway and a $1.99 Matchbox truck she's buying for her 8-year-old son. "I'm surprised," says the 39-year-old substitute teacher.

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