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Old 12-10-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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Honestly speaking i do purchase cheap but in my purchases i look for Made in the USA and would not mind purchasing more expensive knowing the quality is better and almost as if we have been programmed to buy cheap, i buy cheap because most of the time there is not much choice at your larger retail stores.
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Wilmington NC. (Ogden)
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Honestly speaking i do purchase cheap but in my purchases i look for Made in the USA and would not mind purchasing more expensive knowing the quality is better and almost as if we have been programmed to buy cheap, i buy cheap because most of the time there is not much choice at your larger retail stores.

but there are choices outside the large retail stores, you and i just choose to go there instead of smaller retailers. some of these retailers charge more, and sell American made quality goods. but we, like most americans prefer the convenience and discounts afforded at the big box stores...

its unfortunate that many people will spend $5 for the cheap china made item instead of spending the initial higher cost for one that will last. I fell in this trap with with blenders. I must have broken 5 or 6 cheap blenders before i spent the money for a good one. I don't think i'm alone when i'm enticed by saving a few dollars. I bet my bank account would be doubled if i just bought quality the first time around
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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The quality isn't always better with American goods. We produce a lot of crap, just like the rest of the world.

The only difference is the price compared to equally horrible imported goods.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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I'm sure there is product made in USA that is crap too. Can you name a few of these products??

The majority of junk is made overseas and sent here. I wonder if they sell the same crap in thier own country! If so, do they consider it crap too.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:22 PM
 
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Believe me i have made the continual mistake with tools. Save $10.00 and replace the same tool 8 months later. If i consider my time and gas, purchasing smarter to begin with would have helped me out in the long run. You know those new energy saving light bulbs, the funny shaped, flurescent bulbs you use to repalce an irredescent bulb? As far as my research has brought me there are none of those made in the states.
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: car guy in Phoenix AZ
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Until they were caught selling China crap.

I moved out to phoenix area in early 90s when Walmart opened up their foreign trade zone in buckeye, az. At that time in my life, being a los angeles guy, i didnt know the difference between wal-green or wal-mart. But, knew US Customs and was considered an FTZ Specialist in Los Angeles Customs entry ports.

My job was doing US Customs for their broker at this warehouse. I had no idea any one company could house 100% non USA manufactured goods until that point.
$800-900 of lounge chairs and ceiling fans, not to mention and endless amount of "trim-a-tree" products (xmas lights, etc) stored in a 2 million square foot bonded warehouse and siotting/leaving there before any import taxes were recovered by the treasury.


Basically in a nutshell, IMHO Wal-mart imports most of the crappiest crap available to the masses. They have taken over just about everything.
I can just imagine before long, pretty soon, you will see wal-mart restaurants, banks, and service companies. They managed well.

A story (my short version of it) was told to me by a Wal-Mart manager one day. It goes that Wal-Mart had developed a relationship with a small family owned bakery and told them that they would give them more orders if they expanded. Soon enough the dream came true for the small family owed baker, and he expanded to fulfill orders that Wal-Mart bargained with him to fill. About the time everything was all hunky dory and the baker thought everything was fine and dandy, Wal-Mart pulled the plug on the business. the baker faced layoffs to his employees, and after expanding to new buildings and making large investments, Wal-Mart came back and told them that they would "save him" and buy his business for pennies on the dollar. (Kind of a similar story I heard about Radio Shack buying defunct companies and made something of them pennies on the dollar). So Wal-mart supposedly bought a number of businesses this way, who knows?

Arent Accords and 3 series BMWs manufactured here in USA? I have read our "USA / American" Car Manufacturers have plants outside of US or some cars are canadian or mexican built (NAFTA). Intel a US company buys silicone or raw products from outside USA and manufactures in a local FTZ (Foreign trade zone) and ships products as USA Made.

Listen, our country is in b-i-g trouble and cant compete with China, the land of no trademark.

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Old 12-10-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Back Home In TN…YAY:):)
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Honestly speaking i do purchase cheap but in my purchases i look for Made in the USA and would not mind purchasing more expensive knowing the quality is better and almost as if we have been programmed to buy cheap, i buy cheap because most of the time there is not much choice at your larger retail stores.
Do you really think USA products are better? I've bought many US products that were total junk and they were more expensive. Everyone blames products made in China even though it is an American company that has them made there. Where is the quality control from the American company? The manufacturers are only making what they are told to make.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Back Home In TN…YAY:):)
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Believe me i have made the continual mistake with tools. Save $10.00 and replace the same tool 8 months later. If i consider my time and gas, purchasing smarter to begin with would have helped me out in the long run. You know those new energy saving light bulbs, the funny shaped, flurescent bulbs you use to replace an irredescent bulb? As far as my research has brought me there are none of those made in the states.
You are right and GE is an American company right? They make those light bulbs. So where is GE's quality control. American companies don't care either.

What about GM and Ford. Building crap for years and GM just admitted it. Yeah it all makes me want to buy American for more money.
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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The american car comapnies were screwing the people in the 80's and a portion of the 90's, in my opinion, they seemed to have gotten better since then BUT if the American companies don't care that should not reflect who the public is. To give up, throw my hands in the air and say who cares would be an injustice to our country.

From what i have researched, GE does not make those light bulbs. They are made overseas.
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:01 AM
 
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I have to honestly answer "YES" alot (not all) of American Made products are of better quality and do last longer.
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