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Old 12-16-2009, 08:00 AM   #309
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This subject is way off course but close to my heart. I import 2 product and may if volume can justify start building part of 1 here. We analyze it often, as importing is a real nightmare for the most part. I see labor as only 10% of the cost difference from Asia. The real problem is all the government requirements to set up production in the states. EPA, WORKMANS COMP, and the list goes on and on. I do see the gap getting tighter however, and if my story rings true, more companies importing will try and find a way, at a minimum, to do final assembly here. Midwestern states and local suppliers are getting very aggressive for companies to bring business home. It may very well be the new boom in job creation in the next decade. I hope so, this country needs jobs or we are doomed. The declining dollar is making these decisions a bit more attractive as well.
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:39 AM   #310
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:00 AM   #311
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We found ourselves in Spencer, west Virginia one evening just an hour out from the children. It got dark and we did not want to travel the roads, we were tired after driving down from Columbus and getting a late start. We went into Wall mart, Purchased the Thanksgiving Ham and other items for the grandchildren and ask if we could spend the night. Sure, No problem, go over to that area and no one will bother you. enjoy the deer on the hill side. With the snow and light's on the hill side to the West we had a little Christmas wonderland and fresh coffee, baked goods the next morning.
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:00 AM   #312
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I prefer not to park in Asia's lot, thank you very much.
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:48 AM   #313
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I prefer not to park in Asia's lot, thank you very much.
I consider it a small perc on my investment there.
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:13 AM   #314
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go to any store in the United States and check to see where products are made. Do we make anything anymore? Are all American made products using all parts and resources from America?. How many products are a combination of American made and over seas made. We buy steel from over seas, lumber from Canada and many other things from other countries. The tires you think are American that you put on your Aistreams are probably coming from Asia. Let me ask you do we make anything anymore?

Heck a family member of mine who has worked for the rail road for 35 years just go fired over some stupid bogus charge. 55 and cannot collect retirement until he is 60. The Rail Road was American, but CN from Canada bought them out and is now moving in their own people. Many of the old guys are getting let go. What are the Unions doing except ruffling their feathers? It is not just Walmart it's everywhere. How much property and farms of this great country have been sold to over seas businesses. Japan has been buying up cattle ranches.

I would not look at Walmart. I would look at who we vote into office. Our elected officials allow all of this to happen.

I still like spending the night at Walmart.

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Old 12-17-2009, 09:02 AM   #315
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I like walmart, I like parking there. I dont like the type of people that big parking lots attract. But some places are safe and secure. One just has to use there discression
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:54 PM   #318
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We do look for well made clothes, but they sure are hard to find. We just went to 3 stores in the other day looking something my father-in-law wanted and it all was made in Asia and the quality looked poor. Barb ended up ordered off the internet where she found American made for a lot more money, but it will last. We have generally tried to find things made in the US, Canada or other industrialized countries where quality is better and workers get paid a decent wage. It can be very hard to do. Remember when toasters used to last decades? Not anymore.
This was my point exactly. If you want cheap you get 3rd world craftsmanship. If you want quality you will pay out the wazoo for it.

I have three blenders (original Waring) that were all made in the 1930's. They work flawlessly and have good design. I've never seen a modern (post 1960's) blender last more than a few years. We have two Kitchen Aide mixers that we've had for nearly 20 years and were made in America. There are cheaper mixers but typically they do not last. My opinion on quality is if you pay a little more and get quality you won't have to spend almost as much in a few years to replace the item and you can use that money for other purposes and you don't put the old one in the landfill.
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Thumbs down even the old standbys are gone....

Try and find a USA made product in in the Christmas LL Beeno catalog. Maybe the Maine moose boots, but thats about all.
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Ok...Without reading every post in this subject...I wonder if there is a national map that shows where each and every Walmart is located at a glance. I will be back here in a bit so tell me what you know.
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Ok...Without reading every post in this subject...I wonder if there is a national map that shows where each and every Walmart is located at a glance. I will be back here in a bit so tell me what you know.
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