Hey, you could try the Chinese workplace. "Maņana" is the order of the day. There's nothing that we can't do tomorrow instead. Oh, you can light a fire under them for a day or two, but it won't last.
Oh, and the dishonesty. They have no problem whatsoever lying their asses off to you. Even when it's obvious that they'll be caught. I mean, did you really think that that defective product would pass QA? The tolerances are off by a huge amount, and the freaking thing catches fire because it shorts out, and you want to ship us 20,000 of these and make us pay for them? And you said this with a straight face?
And there's overcharging you. I didn't realize how it worked, until a supplier offered to cut me in on the deal, if I would only recommend him. 1% of all gross receipts. If my company would only cut a purchase order, I'd be in business. But, I learned, when quoting prices, always quote a higher price than the one the factory offered you. That way, you've always got that extra margin for yourself.
Okay, that feels better. Things would be so much easier here if only they were freaking RATIONAL.