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Old 09-13-2007, 03:13 PM   #11
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There is a very interesting web site that was mentioned this morning called madeinamerica.com. It's worth a peek.
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:22 PM   #12
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I try to make my money go as far as I can. As a result, before I make a significant purchase, I research the item, read reviews and check Consumer Reports. I base purchase decisions on quality, performance and bang for the buck. Sometimes, that means I buy foreign-made items.

As others have mentioned, fewer and fewer items are Made in USA. That's because the entire country has been shifting away from a manufacturing based economy to a services based economy for a long time. More workers in the US have jobs that provide a service than jobs where they make something. That's because Americans make more money so the products they manufacture cost more. You may dislike the idea of paying for Chinese made dog food but would you be willing to pay 2-3 times as much for that dog food because it was made here? Extend that to all the things you buy and all of a sudden, your standard of living is a lot lower that it used to be.

This is a pervasive situation from automobiles to kid's toys and dog food. It's been decades since TVs were made in the USA. All the brands are Japanese, Korean or European. You don't have an American made alternative.
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I think one of the reasons we are all so concerned about this is because of the unfair import/export laws. I don't have a big issue with where a quality product comes from except when other countries are allowed to flood our markets with their products and these same countries limit and even ban American products in their countries.
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:35 PM   #14
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I think one of the reasons we are all so concerned about this is because of the unfair import/export laws. I don't have a big issue with where a quality product comes from except when other countries are allowed to flood our markets with their products and these same countries limit and even ban American products in their countries.

I agree. In some cases, we have tacken action to get fair trade policies implemented for our products, but it's not equal footing in all cases.
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:01 PM   #15
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I buy whatever is the best possible product. Where it is from is no consequence to me, as long as it tastes the best.
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:54 PM   #16
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As Andy said, the economy is changing and people have to change with it. This issue is more complicated than it appears on the surface and there are some misconceptions about what's going on. This article explains some of it very well: Made Everywhere | The Foundation for Economic Education: The Freeman, Ideas on Liberty
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:21 PM   #17
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I have to admit that I'm VERY particular about where my food comes from - especially seafood - but not so much other products.
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