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View Poll Results: If a made in China unit cost $50, what would you pay for made in U.S.A.??
$55 4 12.12%
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$80 4 12.12%
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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I'm setting up a poll for this question. It will be a tough one to get a honest answer to, but I want to try.

We all want to buy from companies that make product in the U.S.A. But, how much of a premium will you pay for that? Let's say that a company respected by most on this board (like Fluke) gave you a choice of two meters side-by-side in a store. Both meters were the exact same model, same design, same company, same features, the ONLY difference is that one was built in China, and one was built here in the good ol' U.S.A.

If the "made in China" product sold for $50, what would you pay for the SAME product made in the U.S.A? Keep in mind it is easy to say you would pay a lot more now, but it may be different when you really have to open that wallet.

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:59 PM   #2
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we still make things in america?
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some things made in america are still good quality but for the last few years ive been leaning towards made in germany.
thier tools are excelent, more expensive but worth every penny.
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I still have faith in Ford.
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I still have faith in Ford.

I agree.. I have a 2003 E250 van with 90,000 miles and never had a problem.

It really sucks Made in America has lost its will to survive.

That goes directly to the morons in Washington who had the balls to buy US flags made in China a few years back.

They let jobs go either to Mexico or India and do nothing to stop it that I can see.


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I agree.. I have a 2003 E250 van with 90,000 miles and never had a problem.

It really sucks Made in America has lost its will to survive.

That goes directly to the morons in Washington who had the balls to buy US flags made in China a few years back.

They let jobs go either to Mexico or India and do nothing to stop it that I can see.


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Do nothing to stop it? They pretty much ALL supported NAFTA. Then came CAFTA.

When Pontiac made the Firebird in USA, it cost 28,000.00... and the average wage and fringe load of the typical assembly line worker was around 36.00 per hour. When it moved the factory to Mexico the average wage and no fringe load totaled 8.00 per DAY. Cost of the 1st production of Firebirds from Mexico? $31,000.00.
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When Pontiac made the Firebird in USA, it cost 28,000.00... and the average wage and fringe load of the typical assembly line worker was around 36.00 per hour. When it moved the factory to Mexico the average wage and no fringe load totaled 8.00 per DAY. Cost of the 1st production of Firebirds from Mexico? $31,000.00.
I sure would like to know the source of those figures as they sound like total BS put out by the unions.
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some things made in america are still good quality but for the last few years ive been leaning towards made in germany.
thier tools are excelent, more expensive but worth every penny.
Unfortunately, Made In America does not always mean better quality. Made In Germany does not always mean that either. To me, Made In America is about keeping American jobs. These are American jobs for creating the parts, assembling the products, and testing the products.

There is a reason why my example for the question compared two products that were designed by the same company, and used all the same parts. That way we are talking about the same quality design, but just put together and tested by the American labor force. I wanted to see what that was worth to people.

Component costs will run close to the same costs in China and America. The main cost difference comes in labor cost, test cost, costs of running the factories, and the cost of disposing of factory waste, etc. There are some companies out there that will build a bad product, just to say it is built in America. They use lower grade parts, less acurate parts, do not build in all the needed safety features, cheaper plastic, etc. These products could end up being the same cost as a China made product, and sell for the same cost (or more), but are not a better product. I can find many China made products that are better than American made ones. But, I can also find a bunch of American made products that are the best of the best.

Our pride makes us want to think that Made In America always means a better product, but it does not. You need to find a company that is known for making a quality product, and makes it in the USA. That type of product is worth the extra cost.
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One item left off your poll:

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I know. I went back a few minutes later, and tried to edit the poll to add that. It would let me edit my post, but I couldn't find a way to edit the poll.
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Unfortunately, Made In America does not always mean better quality. Made In Germany does not always mean that either. To me, Made In America is about keeping American jobs. These are American jobs for creating the parts, assembling the products, and testing the products.

There is a reason why my example for the question compared two products that were designed by the same company, and used all the same parts. That way we are talking about the same quality design, but just put together and tested by the American labor force. I wanted to see what that was worth to people.

Component costs will run close to the same costs in China and America. The main cost difference comes in labor cost, test cost, costs of running the factories, and the cost of disposing of factory waste, etc. There are some companies out there that will build a bad product, just to say it is built in America. They use lower grade parts, less acurate parts, do not build in all the needed safety features, cheaper plastic, etc. These products could end up being the same cost as a China made product, and sell for the same cost (or more), but are not a better product. I can find many China made products that are better than American made ones. But, I can also find a bunch of American made products that are the best of the best.

Our pride makes us want to think that Made In America always means a better product, but it does not. You need to find a company that is known for making a quality product, and makes it in the USA. That type of product is worth the extra cost.
I agree.

But I do find that many european manufactured tools tend to be of a better quality.
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