Mbj-11 From Jamaica, joined Aug 2000, 386 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
I know apart from us people everything in the world is "made in China" (although I swear they make people too). But when buying stuff, does your patriotism play a part in purchasing whatever it is that you are buying? Or is it brand, cheap or word of mouth is generally your style?
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Nation of origin is not something that I examine that closely. However, I will patronize a local business instead of a national chain whenever possible. Above all else, I avoid shopping at Wal-mart unless there is absolutely no other alternative available.
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AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
I'll never own or even consider owning a vehicle that isn't made in the USA or Canada by an American-based manufacturer. To hell with those Toyotas that are built in Kentucky and Indiana. They're still Japanese vehicles.
WildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2763 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 3): I'll never own or even consider owning a vehicle that isn't made in the USA or Canada by an American-based manufacturer
Same here. However, the manufacturers themselves are forcing me to switch. I'd like a car with a manual transmission again, however it's it's virtually impossible to buy a midsize American car with MT. If I won't be able to afford the payments for the G8 or CTS when the time comes, I'll have to turn to Japanese.
T773ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 3): I'll never own or even consider owning a vehicle that isn't made in the USA or Canada by an American-based manufacturer. To hell with those Toyotas that are built in Kentucky and Indiana. They're still Japanese vehicles.
For once I can agree with you.
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MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 11120 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
This is getting very difficult. It bugs me every time.
As an example, I want to buy a Ralph Lauren shirt in a Duty Free store like DFS, I look at the tag and it says "Made in Sri Lanka" or such other country.
What bugs me is that the people working in the factories in Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, the Philippines (or else) get paid zilch and often have to work in less than human conditions (at least compared to us) with no health, working innumerable hours.
This is not only for clothing, it is the same for so many consumers products. Globalization, cheap labour and a hard life for some, huge profits for others.
Also I prefer small businesses an try to avoid chain outlets (Starbucks et al) as much as I can.
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Look at it this way, nothing is going to change if you don't buy that stuff. Heck, you might as well stop buying gas for the car. The best thing you can do is get involved with charities or other relief organizations.
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AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4525 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
I wouldn't say that I consider patriotism when buying something, but I do consider country of origin i.e. I'm not Finnish but I stick exclusively with Nokia phones, I'm not English but I love English cars, I'm not Swiss but I will only buy premium chocolate if it is Swiss, etc. I do try to support Lebanese products when I can, but typically that is limited to Arak, wine and MEA.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Not in the least, I buy what I buy based on quality, price, value-for-money. However, when buying fresh produce (fish, meat, veg) I try to buy local (which is pretty easy in France) - support local agriculture etc.
Toast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Being totally devoid of patriotism of any kind toward any nation, I never base my purchases on the country of origin of the product.
"Made in" labels are useless information; in fact, they're totally meaningless. They say nothing about where individual components were manufactured or who exactly made them and for how much. If you think buying your country's products helps protect people from exploitation overseas, think again.
And remember that every time you fill up your car, or take a flight, you can be 90% sure your money is going straight into the pockets of some oil-rich dictator somewhere.
Plus, my experience tells me there is no clear correlation between country of origin and quality. My "made in Japan" stereo is an abominable POS, while my cheapo "made in Turkey" TV works perfectly well, for instance.
As for Belgian products, there's not much to choose from anyway. I do drink a lot of Belgian beer (because it's the best in the world ) but I also regularly buy good foreign brands (beer thread, anyone?) Besides that, I had my PC built to my specifications by a tiny local company, but I won't do it again because they're overpriced and their customer service sucks.
I have never been on a Sabena/Brussels Airlines flight either, but that's just a coincidence.
Aa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Not so much. I try to only by from companies that have Fair Labor Association licenses for their clothes. If they don't, I look at where its made and will usually buy it if its made in the United States, Italy or another developed country. I rarely buy clothing if it doesn't meet those standards.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13499 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
I would only buy an American Flag or related patriotic symbols made in the USA.
All but one car I have ever owned and operated was made by GM, Ford or Chrysler, using UAW/CAW workers, in USA or Canadian plants. The only non-USA car was a used 1970 Toyota I owned for about 7 months back in the mid-1970's.
To me all religious related items like Christmas Card with Christian religious themes, Christian crosses, Christmas creche scenes and most parts to them or any religious books, especially Bibles shouldn't come from a country like the PRC where Christian religious practices are practically banned or severely restricted.
I also refuse to buy items as best as possible from Vietnam. I had a cousin killed in the Vietnam War about 40 years ago. Myanmar is another country I would rather not buy anything from, for reasons best noted by the events there in the last weeks.
I would rather not buy items made in Pakistan as too many in that country are too supportive of al-Queda and related anti-western, anti-American government attitudes.
I hate it when IKEA and others that sell Persian rugs sell those made in Iran - I don't think the USA should import anything but oil from there for understandable reasons.
I am very concerned that so little of our clothing and manufactured goods are being made in the USA. God forbid if there were to be a major port workers strike (like at Los Angeles/Long Beach). Worse is that under the WTO rules, we may have to have weaker pollution and labor rules if others protest, losing our sovergery. We have lost many millions of good paying or 'starter' jobs that need humans to do them going overseas due to the cost of labor, but at a loss of quality control like not using leaded paints on toys.
: Not at all, unless I know it is the best choice.I used to consume some Greek products available at Tesco only because it was hard to find something be
: 40 years ago ? Isn't that enough time ? Has Vietnam not rehabilitated itself since then ? Not to mention that the war in Vietnam was not of Vietnam's
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