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Old 06-26-2007, 06:00 PM   #15
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My Safari was made March 30, 2007 and the Marathons have the dreaded, but still very popular slogan, "Made in China" on them.
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:04 PM   #16
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So I guess no one took the time to read the Chinese goodyear marathon thread huh
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:19 PM   #17
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It seems Goodyear has outsourced Marathon production to China. I don't know if they share the same facility with the recalled tires.

It's like Terry said.


The bigger issue is, as more and more American companies outsource production and manufacturing to increase their bottom line to China, they make a deal with the devil, sort of speak.


When it becomes all about "profit is our number one goal" the result is cheap labor, poor working conditions, environmental disasters, look the other way quality control, and a "we don't care how you do it, just do it cheaply" attitude.

For this a price has, no must be paid.

And this is the price, product failure, death and injury!

I'm sure the Chinese partly justify these shortcuts and failures on the company who outsourced the product in the first place! (well, how did you think we could produce a product for 1/20th the cost? by offering our employees 401K plans, health benefits, and 10 sick days a year. Oh, you want strict quality control and the finest materials too?) Not to mention that most of the time the decreased production cost IS NOT passed on to the consumer.



You put it out to bid, you wanted it produced as cheaply as possible, and thatís exactly what we gave you.



That IS the deal with the devil!


And guess who pays!

Oops, I fell off me soap box.

I now will return to my regular tongue and cheek self.

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Old 06-26-2007, 06:29 PM   #18
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Michael,

Thanks for all the info...by the way...2air' gave me two of your Airstream paintings...I Love Them...

If you guys and gals have not seen them...you need to check them out...the detail is awesome!!!

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Old 06-26-2007, 06:35 PM   #19
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Michael,

Thanks for all the info...by the way...2air' gave me two of your Airstream paintings...I Love Them...

If you guys and gals have not seen them...you need to check them out...the detail is awesome!!!

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Hey G, Thanks for the complement

2Air speaks very highly of you and your dealership!


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Old 06-26-2007, 07:16 PM   #20
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Michael,

Thanks for all the info...by the way...2air' gave me two of your Airstream paintings...I Love Them...

If you guys and gals have not seen them...you need to check them out...the detail is awesome!!!

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I also have one of Michael's works, and would encourage more of us to pursue them for their own collections. I can assure you they are NOT made in China.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:22 PM   #21
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Just received one of Michael's t-shirts with a cool picture. Airstream of course.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:39 PM   #22
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I read the Goodyear thread and was not sure what to go with, but then, thought the Marathons can't be all that bad.....now I wonder. Mine were still made in Canada where fair wages and working conditions prevailed. In China? Just makes me sick....

...and by the way, I have seen Michael's work and it is really top notch!
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Did anyone notice the price drop when these compamies moved production to China?

I didn't think so....
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Did anyone notice the price drop when these compamies moved production to China?

I didn't think so....
So at least we know where that money isn't going......
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Just received one of Michael's t-shirts with a cool picture. Airstream of course.
Hey Rich, I didn't know that was you!

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Here is another link to the Reader's Digest version of the story:
http://yahoo.reuters.com/news/articl...mktNews&rpc=44
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So at least we know where that money isn't going......
It's one thing if we have the choice to buy cheap crap cheaply, and take a chance with our and others' lives, but I don't think it is right to pay top dollar for cheap crap, and unwillingly take a chance with our and others' lives.
I know Goodyear was on the ropes financially a couple of years ago, this is undoubtedly one of their cost (and company) saving measures. I still don't like it, but at least they're still in business.
I have to place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Wall Street, Corporate America, and us, the American Consumer, in that order. If a company doesn't show double-digit profit growth yearly, their stock price takes a huge hit, and the company gets in trouble financially very fast. It may sell a great product, and sell lots of it, and make lots of money, but if Wall Street doesn't like it, they get massacred on the stock market.

Oh, by the way, I went over and checked the country of origin on my 6 week old Marathons. Guess where they came from?
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Amen Terry......some karma your way.....
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