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(CBS DC)   Polling shows more than half of Americans willing to spend more on US-made products, because AMERICA, FARK YEAH   (washington.cbslocal.com ) divider line
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2013-05-01 01:29:33 PM  
No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.
 
2013-05-01 01:30:47 PM  

Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.


Seriously.
 
2013-05-01 01:34:51 PM  

Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.


THIS
 
2013-05-01 01:35:29 PM  
Do you actually produce anything in 'merikuh anymore other than hot-air & hyperbole?
 
2013-05-01 01:38:52 PM  

oldfarthenry: Do you actually produce anything in 'merikuh anymore other than hot-air & hyperbole?


Cast iron cookware?
 
2013-05-01 01:52:56 PM  

Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.


Came to say this.
 
2013-05-01 01:54:41 PM  

oldfarthenry: Do you actually produce anything in 'merikuh anymore other than hot-air & hyperbole?


Abortions and tiny American flags.
 
2013-05-01 02:01:32 PM  
Why is this asinine? When you buy goods made in the USA you help yourself through the benefit to the economy.

When your neighbor makes profit from something you buy he's far more likely to spend some that income at your business than if some guy in China a profit from it.
 
2013-05-01 02:04:36 PM  
Wait....wait.....the US still makes products?

[citation needed]
 
2013-05-01 02:06:18 PM  

Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.


Right...Because that was the right answer. But when the time comes to actually pull their wallets out, they're still headed to Wal-Mart for their cheap plastic crap just like everyone else.
 
2013-05-01 02:18:01 PM  
"Oh no! Wal-Mart is giving our jobs to CHINA!!!!"

Usually said while on the way home from Wal-Mart.

Walker: Wait....wait.....the US still makes products?

[citation needed]


More than China does actually.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41349653/ns/business-us_business/t/despite -c hinas-might-us-factories-maintain-edge/

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-are-the-top-manufacturing-countries.htm

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_country_has_the_largest_manufacturing _i ndustry_in_the_world
 
2013-05-01 02:24:17 PM  
I saw in a documentary that one of America's biggest exports now is scrap metal....to China...where they make things with it and resell it to us at a profit.
 
2013-05-01 02:26:11 PM  
Why exactly is that asinine, subby?  The iPhone, for instance, would cost something like $65 more if it were made in the U.S.  Do you think people would start flocking to Samsung?  No, they'd still line up around the block to buy the thing.
 
2013-05-01 02:30:46 PM  

oldfarthenry: Do you actually produce anything in 'merikuh anymore other than hot-air & hyperbole?


A few weeks ago I found towels made in the USA, at Walmart.  And socks at Costco.

/yes, I was surprised
 
2013-05-01 02:31:59 PM  

Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.


Or in fact be offered the option.  Same deal here: I'd love to buy more Canadian where possible, but all these scenarios seem to imagine a store with products side by side, one from Bangladesh and one from North America. How often do you actually get a choice in your average store?  Our supply chains are busted. Our local supermarket had a choice of garlic from Mexico, or garlic from China, for fark's sake.  I'm in Ontario.  We're not talking about pineapples and mangos, we're talking about something that grows in my neighbourhood.  Why is China selling us garlic?

The other thing is price. Spending more for local goods, sure, but how much more? I just bought a locally-made blouse at lunch today, but it certainly was more expensive than I'd usually pay.
 
2013-05-01 02:38:24 PM  
Except for cars... or electronics
 
2013-05-01 02:38:33 PM  
That was a short thread.
 
2013-05-01 02:38:49 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Why is this asinine? When you buy goods made in the USA you help yourself through the benefit to the economy.

When your neighbor makes profit from something you buy he's far more likely to spend some that income at your business than if some guy in China a profit from it.


So what you are also saying is that because I am not from the USA, I should avoid buying products from the USA?
 
2013-05-01 02:39:30 PM  
A lot of professional grade tools are made in America. Kitchenaid is also made in merica iirc...
 
2013-05-01 02:40:17 PM  
"Willing to" and "will" are two very different things.
 
2013-05-01 02:40:25 PM  
People say that because it sounds nice, but in reality they shop at Walmart.
 
2013-05-01 02:42:08 PM  

Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.


It also makes the erroneous assumption that they can identify, find, and afford them. Lots of items are identified where the final assembly took place, not where the majority of components were produced. Then there are the numerous imported goods that have fraudulent made/bottled in USA stickers on them. Then there are products (like honey) that have been heavily processed to make it impossible to identify their origin. I could go on and on.
 
2013-05-01 02:42:11 PM  
I'm wearing a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes.  Made in the USA and quite comfortable once you break them in.
 
2013-05-01 02:42:26 PM  
A year ago I was at Target, looking at mixers. There were two on the shelf.

The first looked like it was disposable, cost $9.99, and had "Made in China" on the box.

The second was $45, was labelled Kitchenaid, and had "Made in America" on the box.

Was I stupid for buying the Kitchenaid?
 
2013-05-01 02:42:33 PM  
MATT DAAMON!
/so sorry I just had to
 
2013-05-01 02:42:48 PM  
It would also be nicer to have more stringent labelling requirements. At the moment, a shirt can be labelled "Made in Britain" even if it's 99% made in Cambodia (or these days, Turkey or Romania) as long as the last button is stitched on in the UK.  This is how Prada gets away with making their bags in China and slapping on a Made in Italy label. It is bullshiat.
 
2013-05-01 02:42:59 PM  

Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.


THIS!
 
2013-05-01 02:43:43 PM  

oldfarthenry: Do you actually produce anything in 'merikuh anymore other than hot-air & hyperbole?


IIRC, the US is still the largest manufacturing economy in the world.  Caterpillar , Boeing, Intel, the US makes thing that no one else in the world have the ability to make.
 
2013-05-01 02:44:23 PM  
I bought a couple of made in America extension cords. Amazing farking things. Price was right in the neighborhood of cheap Asian crap and they are quality heavy gauge cords.

Save a dollar; hire a communist. Or put a little kid into slavery. After all, it is your money. Besides, that kid is just some brown little squirt; he'd have head lice and no pants if it wasn't for bargain shoppers like you.
 
2013-05-01 02:44:27 PM  
I try to make a point of doing that, in many cases the price difference is astronomical.  This may actually work though at least in the short term as Chinese manufacturing costs have skyrocketed.
 
2013-05-01 02:45:22 PM  

enry: I'm wearing a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes.  Made in the USA and quite comfortable once you break them in.

I've got two pairs, my favorite dress shoes for funerals and such. Bill Clinton is apparently also a fan for whatever that is worth. Really well made.
 
2013-05-01 02:46:55 PM  

imashark: A year ago I was at Target, looking at mixers. There were two on the shelf.

The first looked like it was disposable, cost $9.99, and had "Made in China" on the box.

The second was $45, was labelled Kitchenaid, and had "Made in America" on the box.

Was I stupid for buying the Kitchenaid?


A good decision, especially since you'd probably have had to replace the first one twice over by now.

But in too many cases the consumer,
a) doesn't have such a clear-cut choice because the supply chains are hidden, and the international conglomerates beat out the local small industries, and,
b) doesn't have the luxury of taking a financial hit (especially for things like kids' clothes that you have to buy over and over again).
 
2013-05-01 02:46:56 PM  
We need American Made furniture. Have you been to a furniture store lately? It's not even stage prop quality.
 
2013-05-01 02:47:14 PM  
I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

Yes, a nation crammed to bursting with McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, KFC, Arbys, Taco Bell, Sonic, In-N-Out, Carl's Junior, Pizza Hut, and all the other fat-sugar-and-salt-for-five-dollars-in-thirty-seconds joints wants to spend more money on products for a reason other than a quick rush of instant gratification followed by prolonged, bloated regret.

Right.
 
2013-05-01 02:47:33 PM  
I say create a tariff tax for products brought from China so USA products are priced comparatively. That would take away the incentive to outsource, keep jobs here and all tariff proceeds can go to reduce our deficit and pay up the Chinese their loans.

/yes, and I still beleive in Santa Claus and Easter bunny. The tooth fairy is still a biatch. T
 
2013-05-01 02:47:47 PM  
Yeah, because wanting to support your own country and people is just for stupid redneck bigots. Ok subby
 
2013-05-01 02:47:50 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Save a dollar; hire a communist. Or put a little kid into slavery.


Can I do both?
 
2013-05-01 02:48:02 PM  

Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.


Prett much done in one.  How many people actually ever check to see where something is made?  I know of no one, sans a few people who insist on buying American cars.  But even they, hard-core AMERICA FARK YEAH people, never check anything else they buy, ever.
 
2013-05-01 02:48:55 PM  

oldfarthenry: Do you actually produce anything in 'merikuh anymore other than hot-air & hyperbole?




Quiet, you!
 
2013-05-01 02:49:00 PM  
Yeah I came here to call BS on this as well. You want to know the real story, put two identical products in Wal-Mart, one made here and one made in China that costs 5% less.
 
2013-05-01 02:49:08 PM  

Headso: A lot of professional grade tools are made in America. Kitchenaid is also made in merica iirc...


I do have a Kitchenaid mixer. Next to my cheap generic fridge, it is my favorite kitchen thing.
 
2013-05-01 02:49:31 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Why is this asinine? When you buy goods made in the USA you help yourself through the benefit to the economy.

When your neighbor makes profit from something you buy he's far more likely to spend some that income at your business than if some guy in China a profit from it.


There are four things a foreigner can do with dollars: save them, spend them on US goods, buy oil, trade for another currency.  If the country doesn't save the dollars, the dollars will ALWAYS come back to the US economy.

It doesn't matter if you buy US or foreign.  Every dollar they have doesn't magically disappear from the US economy.
 
2013-05-01 02:49:36 PM  
What irritates me is that American made products usually don't cost all that much more - they just have slimmer profit margins for the manufacturers. While I get that bigger profit margins are desirable and in some situations necessary, I am irritated when companies that make obscene profits or pay obscene bonuses to their C-level executives move manufacturing overseas.

I make an concerted effort to buy American whenever possible. Essentially all of my clothes except my running shoes were made in the USA (my dress shirts in Houston and my other clothes in LA). I'm even typing this on an American-made computer keyboard (pckeyboard.com). The clothes were of comparable price to those made overseas. They keyboard was fairly expensive, but of much higher quality (and there are plenty of "specialty" keyboards made overseas that cost as much or more for lower quality).
 
2013-05-01 02:49:40 PM  
Yeah because giving money back to your community and helping jobs in America is stupid, submitter. Why can't we all think like you?

Ok, everyone, time to change our minds and think more like subby, so please go buy cheap chinese industrial glue and start sniffing
 
2013-05-01 02:50:17 PM  
I have a Sunbeam Mixmaster that is fifty years old and still going strong. Made in America. A lot of it is made with......metal.
 
2013-05-01 02:50:44 PM  

MaxxLarge: Steve Zodiac: No, poll shows more than 1/2 of Americans SAY they want to buy US made products. Doesn't mean they'll actually do it.

Right...Because that was the right answer. But when the time comes to actually pull their wallets out, they're still headed to Wal-Mart for their cheap plastic crap just like everyone else.


I would like to believe that if we had a store like Wal-Mart that only sold US products (they might get away with electronics being from another country, since we don't really make those), with everything under one roof, that it would do a fair amount of business.  See, people go to Walmart because:
A.  Cheap
B. One Stop Shopping

If you can drive them into the store with "we have everything you need under one roof and we only buy USA made goods", there might be a market for that...

Of course, Wal-Mart would try to drive them out of business before they got too big.

/Haven't stepped foot into a Wal-Mart for almost 7 years.
 
2013-05-01 02:50:53 PM  

oldfarthenry: Do you actually produce anything in 'merikuh anymore other than hot-air & hyperbole?


weapons dude! weapons!!!! America still has the LARGEST defense industries of almost all nations put together!

China can make their little plastic toys and make pennies on profits! Do you know how much markups and profits we get from selling things like rifles, ammo, missiles not to mention bigger capital assets & equipment like tanks, planes, ships etc???

China has to literally sell like a billion Power Rangers toys to make the profit we do in selling just a couple of F-35s to Netherlands or Hellfire missiles to even bankrupt Greece!!! and they even buy it with a big smile on their faces because in their heart of hearts they need it and they need us.
 
2013-05-01 02:50:55 PM  

oldfarthenry: Do you actually produce anything in 'merikuh anymore other than hot-air & hyperbole?


trolling brit is troll

/hellllllooooooooooooooo
 
2013-05-01 02:51:22 PM  
I hope they bring back my jam!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO7VUklDlQw
 
2013-05-01 02:51:35 PM  

TheNewJesus: We need American Made furniture. Have you been to a furniture store lately? It's not even stage prop quality.

I live near to Highpoint, NC which used to be the furniture capital of the US.  Believe it or not after a massive downturn in the last 2 decades things are looking quite up with searches for skilled workers and factory openings.
 
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