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(ABC News)   Wal-Mart says it will boost U.S. made products in all stores. Company execs immediately begin nationwide search for a product made in the U.S   (abcnews.go.com ) divider line
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2013-01-17 07:45:40 AM  
Too farking late now, assholes.
 
2013-01-17 07:45:57 AM  
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/12/the-insourcing-boo m/309166/
 
2013-01-17 07:46:40 AM  
Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...
www.teapartytribune.com
 
2013-01-17 07:47:11 AM  
i work for a company that makes products in the united states. hurray for me.

i don't think walmart sells our products though. we make industrial and architectural wire mesh.
 
2013-01-17 07:47:13 AM  
How about guns? We still make those pretty well.
 
2013-01-17 07:49:02 AM  
So, a lot of beer and overpriced crafts?
 
2013-01-17 07:50:47 AM  

Psylence: Too farking late now, assholes.


Not really. With wages rising in Asia, we're hurt more by apathy, regulations in need of updating (not eliminating), and high taxes on small business (who don't have legions of lawyers to get them low tax bills like the big corps) than by inability.
 
2013-01-17 07:51:11 AM  
This is not a repeat from 1987.
 
2013-01-17 07:51:12 AM  
 
Xai
2013-01-17 07:51:21 AM  
Fear is manufactured in the USA. It seems all you hear about these days.

/Terrorists are going to kill us all
//The TSA is needed to make us safe
///We have to invade Iran before they come and get us
////9-11
 
2013-01-17 07:51:31 AM  
Their money was made in USA on the backs of the workers here and abroad and they probably hide it in foreign banks too.
 
2013-01-17 07:52:11 AM  

untaken_name: Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...
[www.teapartytribune.com image 175x136]


They used to be animated! Is this what we've been reduced to? A second-rate, shoddy copy of a Chinese-made replica of one of our most cherished icons?
 
2013-01-17 07:52:34 AM  
the dish rack i bought at the dollar store a few months ago was made in the USA. i was impressed, and i seriously believe that it's significantly higher quality than something that cost as much ($5?) at walmart would be.
 
2013-01-17 07:53:59 AM  

untaken_name: Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...


Housed on Chinese servers.

EVERYONE wants made in USA the problem is no arm chair patriot is willing to pay $300 for a pair of Nike shoes or $200 for some Route 66 jeans.
 
2013-01-17 07:54:55 AM  
I actually found something made in the US in Walmart once. It was a plastic toy helicopter that was $1.

To prove that it existed, I bought it.

/I think some of the glassware they sell (Libby and someone else) is made in the US.
//I know Libby is Toledo
 
2013-01-17 07:55:09 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: untaken_name: Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...
[www.teapartytribune.com image 175x136]

They used to be animated! Is this what we've been reduced to? A second-rate, shoddy copy of a Chinese-made replica of one of our most cherished icons?


Sad times, bro. Sad times. I tried to find the animated version, but I heard that he's homeless and flying a sign in San Francisco. Someone else said he was cooking meth in a Utah trailer park. I don't know what this world is coming to. I really don't.
 
2013-01-17 07:55:41 AM  
At least they're hiring again.
www.picanese.com
 
2013-01-17 07:58:21 AM  
"According to data from its suppliers, items that are made here, sourced here, or grown here account for about two-thirds of what the company spends to buy products at Walmart U.S. The company sees room to do more," the company said in a statement.

I call bullshiat. No way two-thirds of Walmart goods are US made.
 
2013-01-17 07:59:10 AM  

untaken_name: AverageAmericanGuy: untaken_name: Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...
[www.teapartytribune.com image 175x136]

They used to be animated! Is this what we've been reduced to? A second-rate, shoddy copy of a Chinese-made replica of one of our most cherished icons?

Sad times, bro. Sad times. I tried to find the animated version, but I heard that he's homeless and flying a sign in San Francisco. Someone else said he was cooking meth in a Utah trailer park. I don't know what this world is coming to. I really don't.


fark it, man! This one is from 1997.

4.bp.blogspot.com

MADE IN THE MOTHERfarkING U S OF A
 
2013-01-17 08:00:49 AM  
They're even recycling ad campaigns. They'll put a "Made in America" product on a shelf next to a Chinese knockoff that is $1 cheaper. Then, they cry "No one wanted the Made in America stuff!"

Also, Walmart has the upper hand when dealing with U S companies. They decide what they are going to stock and the company has to have the product at the distribution centers at a specific time or they get fined. It usually winds up to be a loss for the supplier.

Here's the Walmart pickle story:
http://www.fastcompany.com/47593/wal-mart-you-dont-know

I think there's another about Snapper lawn mowers.
 
2013-01-17 08:01:09 AM  

You Must Construct Additional Pylons.: untaken_name: Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...

Housed on Chinese servers.

EVERYONE wants made in USA the problem is no arm chair patriot is willing to pay $300 for a pair of Nike shoes or $200 for some Route 66 jeans.


Pretty much this. I have witnessed people biatch about "Made in China crap", then one minute later opt for the cheaper import item when there was a domestic option. Very few will walk the walk when it comes to what they have to pull out of their wallet.
 
2013-01-17 08:02:49 AM  

Xai: Fear is manufactured in the USA. It seems all you hear about these days.

/Terrorists are going to kill us all
//The TSA is needed to make us safe
///We have to invade Iran before they come and get us
////9-11


Do you randomly post irrelevant things for no reason or is it like a hobby?
 
2013-01-17 08:03:19 AM  

Molavian: "According to data from its suppliers, items that are made here, sourced here, or grown here account for about two-thirds of what the company spends to buy products at Walmart U.S. The company sees room to do more," the company said in a statement.

I call bullshiat. No way two-thirds of Walmart goods are US made.


Sure they are. The majority of their sales come from the grocery and consumables side. They'll sell a thousand cans of green beans for every import coffee maker they sell.
 
2013-01-17 08:04:54 AM  
There are some great US made products: Tom Bihn bags, Herman Miller chairs, Viking range stoves etc.They aren't cheap and won't be sold in Walmart anytime soon. Instead walmart will probably count US made movies sold on DVDs as American products and sell more American made beer and guns.
 
WGJ [TotalFark]
2013-01-17 08:05:05 AM  
They are just talking about the groceries, since most of that is still made in the US. Just another stupid corporate rah rah trick.
 
2013-01-17 08:05:41 AM  

You Must Construct Additional Pylons.: untaken_name: Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...

Housed on Chinese servers.

EVERYONE wants made in USA the problem is no arm chair patriot is willing to pay $300 for a pair of Nike shoes or $200 for some Route 66 jeans.


That sounds like a bunch of paranoid BS.....wasn't there a story a few weeks back about how an iPhone would only cost about $25-30 more if it was built in the US?
 
2013-01-17 08:06:06 AM  
Seriously, we make good guns and ammunition here in the US. Walmart sells alot of both, they should pick up the pace!
 
2013-01-17 08:07:10 AM  
Hope they don't sell Boeing 787's.
 
2013-01-17 08:07:49 AM  

Aar1012: I actually found something made in the US in Walmart once. It was a plastic toy helicopter that was $1.

To prove that it existed, I bought it.

/I think some of the glassware they sell (Libby and someone else) is made in the US.
//I know Libby is Toledo


/Was at Hobby Lobby and found the only item in the store made in the USA, a bag of pine cones they had hired someone to walk around and pick up. That's all i managed to find.
 
2013-01-17 08:11:59 AM  
Over in one.

Just like the manufacturing sector.
 
2013-01-17 08:12:44 AM  
In related news, Walmart doubles the size of their Guns'n'weakbeer deptartments
 
2013-01-17 08:14:04 AM  

Psylence: Too farking late now, assholes.


They could successfully pull it off and crown themselves saviors of the modern American manufacturing sector.

/and then drive the shiat out of it back into the ground and later outsource somewhere else
//I got $3.50 and a breakfast buritto on it
 
2013-01-17 08:14:47 AM  

You Must Construct Additional Pylons.: untaken_name: Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...

Housed on Chinese servers.

EVERYONE wants made in USA the problem is no arm chair patriot is willing to pay $300 for a pair of Nike shoes or $200 for some Route 66 jeans.


The other problem is that no American manufacturing company can hire people for $1/hr even if they wanted to, and no one in America wants to work for $1/hour anyway. If only we still practiced trade restrictions, it would give American companies a chance to compete with foreign markets even through drastic price and wage differences. If those same armchair patriots had a choice between $300 Nike shoes made in America, or $300 Nike shoes made in China, more of them would probably buy American. But when the difference is 2-3x the price...
 
2013-01-17 08:15:13 AM  
I've always wondered about the value of that statement "Made in the USA", and what it takes to be able to display that on product packaging . . .
First of all, look at any product labeled that way, and I guarantee you there is no way it was entirely made in the USA. If it contains dyes, or inks, or plastic, or any number of other raw materials, some of them were most certainly made in non-domestic locations.
Next, most USA companies that require assembly labor farm it out to prisons. So, hooray, you bought something made in the USA . . . by people who were unfairly sentenced to prison for some minor offense, who are compelled to work at assembly jobs for far less than minimum wage. Or assembled by some genuine bad guy serial killer rapist . . .
Now, if they could label it "Made entirely in the USA and not assembled by convicts", then maybe I could be sold on it.
 
2013-01-17 08:15:33 AM  
I always kind of figured as workers are replaced by machines, it will slowly make more sense to bring back manufacturing sites in order to save on shipping because robots all work for about the same amount of money - saving on efficiency of manfacturing processes, and creating higher quality products for cheaper will be the only goal - as well as avoiding corporate espionage.

Human manufacturing jobs will slowly dissappear and probably never come back.
 
2013-01-17 08:18:17 AM  
And the US Military says they will buy US goods over foreign brands when US made goods are available at comparable quality. Ask New Balance (the sole US manufacturer of sneakers) how that is working out for them.Popaa
 
2013-01-17 08:21:11 AM  

BHShaman: And the US Military says they will buy US goods over foreign brands when US made goods are available at comparable quality. Ask New Balance (the sole US manufacturer of sneakers) how that is working out for them.Popaa


Requiring the military to buy and assign shoes is a terrible idea. The way they do it now gives recruits and allowance to purchase their own which is much smarter since training in improper shoes can really mess up your knees/feet and lead to serious and life long injuries
 
2013-01-17 08:21:16 AM  
So that means they could never sell an Obama.
 
2013-01-17 08:23:26 AM  
Easy (unfortunately)

www.slickguns.com
 
2013-01-17 08:23:28 AM  
It's getting hard to find American company product that isn't made in China, especially at Wally World.

Anyone remember years ago when Japanese products began to become prevelant? We called it Jap-scrap. Hell, I'd kill for Jap-scrap at this point. It was superior to all this Chinese crap. At least the Jap-scrap didn't kill pets or contain poisons like Chinese stuff does.

i238.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-17 08:24:17 AM  

ZER0T0THEC0RE: I always kind of figured as workers are replaced by machines, it will slowly make more sense to bring back manufacturing sites in order to save on shipping because robots all work for about the same amount of money - saving on efficiency of manfacturing processes, and creating higher quality products for cheaper will be the only goal - as well as avoiding corporate espionage.

Human manufacturing jobs will slowly dissappear and probably never come back.


60 Minutes did a story about this very thing last Sunday. The guy was saying they could bring back manufacturing from overseas and just have robots do it. That means manufacturing will need robots. I fix robots. I'm OK with this, until the robots figure out they don't need me to fix them
 
2013-01-17 08:26:50 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: They're even recycling ad campaigns. They'll put a "Made in America" product on a shelf next to a Chinese knockoff that is $1 cheaper. Then, they cry "No one wanted the Made in America stuff!"

Also, Walmart has the upper hand when dealing with U S companies. They decide what they are going to stock and the company has to have the product at the distribution centers at a specific time or they get fined. It usually winds up to be a loss for the supplier.

Here's the Walmart pickle story:
http://www.fastcompany.com/47593/wal-mart-you-dont-know

I think there's another about Snapper lawn mowers.


I think we need a Teddy to come around and do some Trust Busting again.
 
2013-01-17 08:27:22 AM  
This is just a clear indication that it is becoming cheaper to make things in the states, and more expensive to make them in China, especially once shipping is taken into account.

Means good things for the plebians... although it technically signifies a weakening economy on our part. These things oscillate though, its a natural trend.
 
2013-01-17 08:28:01 AM  
AHAHHAHAHAHAHA....you can't even buy canned mushrooms at Walmart without them coming from China (it's the truth, check it out next time you're there).
 
2013-01-17 08:29:04 AM  

You Must Construct Additional Pylons.: EVERYONE wants made in USA the problem is no arm chair patriot is willing to pay $300 for a pair of Nike shoes or $200 for some Route 66 jeans.


The cost of manufacturing labor is insigificant in the final cost of designer products these days. The lions share goes to marketing.
 
2013-01-17 08:31:09 AM  
 
2013-01-17 08:35:32 AM  
I just heard on the radio the other day that a lot of manufacturers are moving jobs back to the US because so many foreign countries have become so unstable.
 
2013-01-17 08:37:29 AM  
Subby, they said that they would boost more Mera-Kai made products, as in Mera-Kai China, not American.
 
2013-01-17 08:38:23 AM  

Onkel Buck: ZER0T0THEC0RE: I always kind of figured as workers are replaced by machines, it will slowly make more sense to bring back manufacturing sites in order to save on shipping because robots all work for about the same amount of money - saving on efficiency of manfacturing processes, and creating higher quality products for cheaper will be the only goal - as well as avoiding corporate espionage.

Human manufacturing jobs will slowly dissappear and probably never come back.

60 Minutes did a story about this very thing last Sunday. The guy was saying they could bring back manufacturing from overseas and just have robots do it. That means manufacturing will need robots. I fix robots. I'm OK with this, until the robots figure out they don't need me to fix them


Mr. Bucket?

/obscure?
//of course not...
 
2013-01-17 08:42:55 AM  

SBinRR: You Must Construct Additional Pylons.: untaken_name: Aren't crying eagle with flag statues still proudly made in America? Or have we outsourced those, too?

At least we still have the .gifs...

Housed on Chinese servers.

EVERYONE wants made in USA the problem is no arm chair patriot is willing to pay $300 for a pair of Nike shoes or $200 for some Route 66 jeans.

Pretty much this. I have witnessed people biatch about "Made in China crap", then one minute later opt for the cheaper import item when there was a domestic option. Very few will walk the walk when it comes to what they have to pull out of their wallet.


I gladly pay lots more for shiat thats made here in America. If you have the means to do so and don't, you're just a terrible American. That being said, I don't see WalMart actually making changes... the status quo is still too profitable and change is hard and uncomfortable.
 
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