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Re: Interesting Catalog - Michael's Analysis

Subject: Re: Interesting Catalog - Michael's Analysis
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 09:35:27 EDT

    Thanks for the analysis

    I suspect that if the same analysis was done to the costs of many of the 
items that we are now getting from overseas (especially China), that the costs 
are actually below 1957 because of very inexpensive cheap labor costs. 


In a message dated 10/8/2005 9:28:16 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:
Cost has to be considered against purchasing power.  In 1957, the 
minimum wage was $1/hr.  Accounting for inflation, one would have to 
make $6.80 to have equivalent buying power today.  Since the minimum 
wage is now $5.15, purchasing power is 75% of what it was in 1957.  The 
cost for a replacement piston/liner set for wet-sleeve engines closest 
to stock is from BPNW (and an 86mm set, at that, no 83mm set available) 
is $604.   So, in actuality, wages have increased 5.15 times since 1957, 
but prices have increased 6.05 times.  In 1957, 100 hours of labor 
bought a piston/sleeve set, while in 2005, it requires 117 hours of 
labor to buy the equivalent parts.  While manufacturing costs have gone 
down with improved processes, in the U.S., purchasing power has declined 
at a greater rate.


Michael D. Porter
Roswell, NM

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