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Old 06-19-2018, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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The era of the $49.95 microwave oven at WalMart will soon be over. You probably can't fix your old one if it quits and it will be really handy to have a new spare still in the box when it dies. Pick your product. If it's made in China, your new one will cost a lot more that it costs today.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, NYC
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There's no Walmart in NYC and I don't own a microwave, so I'm good.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:36 AM
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Economics aside, I'd wish that I'd thought to do this for certain devices. I had an inexpensive juicer that was fantastic, and when it finally gave up the ghost, I found this model wasn't made any more and the current crop was terrible. I wish I'd bought three more of them and stashed them away somewhere until needed. But I wouldn't do it just to save $15 on a microwave when they all pretty much have the same features.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: midvalley Oregon and Eastside seattle area
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Goodwill (Oregon) $10 on 50% discount for tag color.
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:06 AM
 
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The era of the $49.95 microwave oven at WalMart will soon be over. You probably can't fix your old one if it quits and it will be really handy to have a new spare still in the box when it dies. Pick your product. If it's made in China, your new one will cost a lot more that it costs today.
Woooww, Is Trump trying to ruin a good thing? Hmmmm.....can we produce products as cheaply as China can? No. What good does it do to make Chinese imports MORE expensive?

Well, it will slow down spending; and it will mean less profits for China, which they can turn into military gun-boats and casinos that they export as foundation stones of a Chinese empire. China's recent rise from the ashes of communism only happens because they now have access to marketplaces around the world.

The real danger, from our American perspective, is that we are financing the rise of a military empire to rival our own. What if is time to stop spending and start saving? What if we start BUYING AMERICAN only; and saving? Will this let the air out of the Chinese bubble?
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, NYC
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Too bad coexistence is never an option. We're all humans on the same planet. Ah well, we'll live and adapt as usual.
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:21 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Oh wait... this is a political thread? I thought it was about saving money.

The Era of the $49 microwave has been over for years, maybe decades., prices of everything have been going up, steadily and rather quickly for years.

I'm still not going to clutter up my storage with stockpiled kitchen appliances . Although it was a big disappointment when my Oster kitchen center clonked out and I discovered it was no longer available. Oster, by the way, isn't manufactured in China.
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Old 06-20-2018, 01:14 PM
 
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Woooww, Is Trump trying to ruin a good thing? Hmmmm.....can we produce products as cheaply as China can? No. What good does it do to make Chinese imports MORE expensive?

Well, it will slow down spending; and it will mean less profits for China, which they can turn into military gun-boats and casinos that they export as foundation stones of a Chinese empire. China's recent rise from the ashes of communism only happens because they now have access to marketplaces around the world.

The real danger, from our American perspective, is that we are financing the rise of a military empire to rival our own. What if is time to stop spending and start saving? What if we start BUYING AMERICAN only; and saving? Will this let the air out of the Chinese bubble?
I hear exactly what you're saying. I have some opinions, too. Allow me to expand:

There are Chinese goods being sold today for more than American-made goods ever did, adjusted for inflation. Not much has been done to stop even high end luxury models of appliances to be outsourced. Such as the $899 microwave to match the $3999 refrigerator to match the $2500 range. If it's "made (assembled) in the USA" there are some parts imported. Whether the drain pump, controls, hinges... something.

Once the manufacturing slipped outside the US, it will be three times harder to create a plan that brings it back, despite having many good reasons to. Outsourcing was never about bringing a lower price to consumers. This was about widening profit margins.
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Old 06-20-2018, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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The era of the $49.95 microwave oven at WalMart will soon be over. You probably can't fix your old one if it quits and it will be really handy to have a new spare still in the box when it dies. Pick your product. If it's made in China, your new one will cost a lot more that it costs today.
This reminds me of an interview I read many years ago. Apparently, when Sonny and Cher first started out, they were pretty broke. After one of their better-paying gigs, Cher went out and bought two toaster ovens. When Sonny asked her why, she said that, while they had the money, she wanted a spare in case they couldn't afford to buy another one when the first one wore out.
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Old 06-20-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: NY
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There once was a man who hated.
Into his head it was grated.
My color is the best
The hell with the rest
as a poison concocted he put to the test.
He poured into the Southern for he hated the snow.
Poured into the Indian to watch it aglow.
Poured into the Atlantic to put on a show.
Poured into the Pacific way down and below;
and finally the artic and lowly let go.
The oceans were one and little he knew
the poisons all drifted killing more than a few.
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