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Do You Consider Patriotism When Purchasing?  
User currently offlineMbj-11 From Jamaica, joined Aug 2000, 386 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 955 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?

Personally........cheap + good.  Big grin


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User currently offlineZOTAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Where its made doesn't play any role in my decisions; every corporation has become so globalized that it really doesn't matter anymore where something is made.

If the choice is between a big-box retailer, and a mom and pop store though I'll try to buy from the mom and pop store.


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 955 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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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 955 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.



User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21105 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 955 times:

I feel no compelling desire to "buy American", but I will go out of my way to avoid products from certain countries or companies.

-Mir



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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2551 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 955 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.


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 955 times:

As long as it isn't a knockoff or something low-quality, and if I either need it or just want it, I'll buy it.

User currently offlineT773ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 955 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.  Smile



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 955 times:

I would like to, but as mentioned before, globalization makes it difficult. I'm more brand conscious than anything.

User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 5):
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.

Amen!!! I had to special order my last car with a 5 speed because when the dealer did an inventory search of the whole state, no vehicles had manual transmissions. Grrrr


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 955 times:

I don't care where a product is made.

I care about its quality, reliability, and overall value and that is what I consider when purchasing products.

I have a Toyota Corolla not because I think it's cool to own a Japanese car, but because I wanted a proven, reliable, and fuel-efficient car.

I give credit where due and I don't let patriotism blind me.



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User currently offlineZOTAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 955 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.

Good luck with that. The majority of the parts on your "American vehicle" are produced over seas.

[Edited 2007-10-05 23:09:14]

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10735 posts, RR: 38
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 955 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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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 955 times:

As far as food is concered I stick to home made products. Finland and Austrian prudcts first!  Smile

It is hard to get clothes from your home country unless you live in Srilanka, China or any other low cost producing countries.


User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2032 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 12):

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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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 955 times:

I honestly don't give a shit where something is made or who makes it.

If Americans could make it better for the same or less money, they would be making it.


User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9401 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 955 times:
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I happily own a Honda Civic, a Yamaha guitar, and a Toshiba laptop.

I'm not pro-Japanese or anti-American. They just happened to be the best values when I bought them.



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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 955 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.


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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4529 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 12):
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.

Aren't they knock-offs?  duck  You'll also see Indonesia and Malaysia on the tags. The last RL shirt I bought was made in Portugal!

This country doesn't produce much besides lightbulbs, cut flowers and soft drugs  biggrin 



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User currently offlineWolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 955 times:

I don't care where the stuff is made, if it's good, I'll buy it.. I own a french car, an american Bike...


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 955 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.

User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 955 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.

edit:typo

[Edited 2007-10-06 07:13:46]

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Quoting ZOTAN (Reply 1):
If the choice is between a big-box retailer, and a mom and pop store though I'll try to buy from the mom and pop store.

As others have said, I don't so much consider the origin of the product but rather to whom I'm giving my money. I try and support local commerce where possible over chain retailers.

LH423



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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 955 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.

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12883 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 955 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.


25 Lewis : 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
26 JGPH1A : 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
27 PPVRA : Reason Magazine has an interesting cover titled "Four Boneheaded Voter Ideas*, And We Are All Dumb Voters", and one of the four points they make is ju
28 Post contains images AsstChiefMark : Same with these:
29 JGPH1A : Yes, but they don't have quite the same decorative effect rolled out flat on your living room floor. Although maybe, if you used enough...
30 Post contains images Bwest : I try to buy my food from producers that are Belgian, or one of it's neighbouring countries. This is not because out of a patriottical reflex, but bec
31 DfwRevolution : Never. I buy what I want based on the product itself, not where it's from.
32 HAWK21M : Def choose the best product irrespective of Country that manufacturers them. regds MEL
33 N74jw : I do consider where the product is made and whom owns the company when buying.
34 NoUFO : I consider ethics, environmental issues, quality and price but not patriotism. My bike, my watch and some clothes are from here, other than that not t
35 Diamond : No. And neither do the American companies when they fail to build the best products (i.e. GM, Ford and Chrysler), nor when they outsource jobs to oth
36 Post contains links AeroWesty : I don't usually consider where a product is made, but sometimes I do. I won't go so far as a friend who refuses to buy a Mercedes or a BMW because of
37 CaptOveur : I guess I am somewhat patriotic.. The only thing I buy at Wal-Mart is range ammo. I am pretty sure Winchester makes their ammo in the US.
38 Post contains images PlymSpotter : They do though make the perfect lapcessory for the budding megalomaniac aiming to take over the world... well, until Mr Bond intervenes that is First
39 Springbok747 : Many parts in my Wrangler are made in Mexico and Austria (!) even though the vehicle is assembled in the US. They also have a manufacturing plant in
40 Confuscius : Do You Consider Patriotism When Purchasing? No. "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." --Samuel Johnson
41 EWRCabincrew : Patriotism does not, in any way, sway my decision for purchasing. Just because it is "Made in the USA" does not make it the best made product. I resea
42 Continental : Yeah! Instead, let's buy the American cars that are made in Mexico!
43 Jush : pfff. Just how that is written is a slap in the face. Just as JGPH1A said: That was a long time ago and the people building the cars and controlling
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