@Showdown, Hehe. no offense taken at all! I take it as a learning experience...
Im not saying that all (or even most) companies located in the far east are producing junk! By no means. What I am referring to are the "backdoor" and "backyard" places where employees,management or owners run a production line with one goal, to make some quick cash, such a facility could produce high quality frames during the daytime and at night produce something that looks similar, but are made without the normal QA or using alternative and cheaper materials! Unfortunatly I think that many ebay and alibaba listings are from these kind of productions.
AFAIK The address "kenzi street" is not complete - At least google gives up on it, but that could just be me not knowing my way around chinese addresses..
A Well known danish television show. Made an investigation in to how cheap water faucets where produced in the far east. It turned out that they used melted down junk metal with higher than allowed concentrations of dangerous metals. (Link in danish, only, sorry http://omtv2.tv2.dk/index.php?id=216
) - The same I know happens in the electronic business- A lot of the really cheap products are made with little or no regards to quality or safety. Why should it not happen in the bicycle industry?
Lastly I am not so ignoran that I think big companies does not try to take the same shortcuts and lower QA, but more often than not they pay the price when it happens. Loosing costumer confidence is not good for a company like Trek, so they can not make many mistakes like this. And might even be forced to recall the whole production batch in order to save their brand name..
I think that Swalbe and Mavic Have both recalled products that had defects? Do you think an ebay or alibaba seller would do the same?
Ps. my new frame (The parlee Z5 is also produced in Asia)