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