I don't know if any of you listen to NPR's Car Talk, but this week's episode
starts out with a midget owner who had a problem. It is pretty funny. I
didn't recognize any of the usual contributor's name.
On Tue, May 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM, Robert Evans <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Michael MacLean wrote: "I immediately thought of Frank when I stumbled on
> this web site today. http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/"
> Thank you, thank you, thank you. As someone who has been willing to pay a
> little more to support American industry and the American Way, I have
> found it frustrating to search out "Made in the USA" products. This site
> certainly provides a starting point for that searching! Price aside, how
> many times in our long telephone visits did Frank and I lament the
> difficulty in even FINDING American-made items. While shoddily made power
> tools from Horrible Fright were annoying to me, I did not use them often
> enough to quickly wear them out. For Frank, and for the trades, it is a
> serious problem because reliability was essential to put food on the table
> for his family! From my own business in woodworking, I could appreciate
> Frank's frustration more than most.
> I have always maintained that it is American consumer greed that has been
> responsible for so much industry winding up in the Third World. By and
> large, we as a people are more concerned with price than with quality and
> reliability. Faced with the flood of goods made by foreign companies with
> far lower labor and manufacturing costs, American manufacturers had two
> alternatives: 1) find a way to lower the cost of their goods, or 2) go out
> of business. To compete in the retail price war with the Ching Chan Chary
> Co. in Quang Zoo, they have had to outsource their manufacturing processes
> to the Third World. Given the choice of buying a zit-fitter with 20-cent
> per hour labor costs or one with $20 an hour labor costs, Americans will
> always opt for the 20-cent per hour item.
> As Frank grudgingly admitted, his competitors had no problem buying
> Fright power tools and using them until they crapped out. They could buy a
> lot of cheap crap and still save money in the long-run. As a craftsman, it
> was a philosophy that he could not in good conscience, accept.
> Many thanks, Mike, for this great heads-up. If anyone else has good
> in the USA" tips, I would certainly appreciate them.
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