Companies Keep Redefining Their Products To Avoid Tariffs
The idea behind tariffs is to protect domestic industries by keeping them competitive against foreign goods. So, for example, a shirt made in China is going to cost you a little more than a shirt made in the USA. But because many definitions are artificial and vaguely defined under the law ("This isn't a shirt, it's a blouse for men!"), the situation can get goofy in a hurry.
For example, the creators of the Snuggie won the right for their product to be defined as a blanket, not a piece of clothing, so they'd only have to pay an 8.5 percent tax instead of 15 percent. Pillow Pets won a similar fight, and are now allowed to be classified as stuffed animals, because pillows are subject to tariffs, while toys are not.
"It's a Pillow, it's a Pet, it's not actually a Pillow for Legal Purposes, it's a Pillow Pet!"
Back in the '60s, in response to a chicken tariff in Europe (don't ask), President Johnson instituted a 25 percent tariff on "light trucks" (like the popular Volkswagen Van that hippies rode around in at the time, because in the legal world vans count as trucks), to the detriment of Ford once they started production of such a van in Turkey in 2002. Their response? Ford Transit Connects were shipped over with extra seats installed to make it a "passenger van" -- which, once through customs, were quickly removed and recycled so the back half of the vehicle could be reassembled and the car could be magically transformed into a "cargo van." The government finally cracked down on Ford's chicanery ... in 2013.