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Old 08-01-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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Not "Made in the USA"

Is it possible to live a "normal" life in the USA buying only things made in America? Many people do not support manufacturing in low-cost regions with controversial labor practices, such as China. Realistically these people couldn't go very long without supporting Chinese manufacturing in at least a dozen ways - cars, clothes, electronics, etc. The definition of hypocrisy.

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Old 08-01-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #3
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Great question to ask on a german car forum.

Anyway:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/17/living...e-in-usa-movie
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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Great question to ask on a german car forum.

Anyway:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/17/living...e-in-usa-movie
Precisely. Would be interesting to hear some people actually try to defend a "yes" position.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
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I don't know what "Normal" is.
Can't get away from globalization and Made in the USA is getting rarer to find.

For things that aren't going to last, IDGAF.
For things I collect I prefer to avoid cheap imported goods.

I don't trust Chinese/SE Asian packaged foods. I'll get Japanese or Korean stuff though.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:02 PM   #7
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I remember this crap back in the 80s when Japanese electronics dominated everything. A bunch of people were saying how everyone should stop buying Japanese stuff and only buy American to support our country's economy, instead of Japan. That didn't last long.
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Steve, just assembled in America or items made 100% in America including component parts?
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I suppose you could probably get to about 80 percent or so, but that last little bit would be very difficult. Don't a lot of construction materials come from outside the US now?

But for food, you could hit the local farmer's market.

You could spend a bunch of extra money to get clothes only made in the USA.

Electronics would be tough, although I saw that Google and Motorola are introducing a made in the USA phone shortly.

I think that in the end you'd have to grossly simplify your life to even have a chance at hitting it.
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I don't know what "Normal" is.
Can't get away from globalization and Made in the USA is getting rarer to find.

For things that aren't going to last, IDGAF.
For things I collect I prefer to avoid cheap imported goods.

I don't trust Chinese/SE Asian packaged foods. I'll get Japanese or Korean stuff though.
Do you eat fruit cups?
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Re: Not "Made in the USA"

If you like technology such as a TV then no.

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I don't know what "Normal" is.
Can't get away from globalization and Made in the USA is getting rarer to find.
Normal = roof over your head, basic utilities like cable and maybe Internet, economy car, basic job that allows you to get by with some extra on the side


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Na, I don't think either are possible. Unless "normal" can include a life devoid of electronics.
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You're pretty much screwed when it comes to communication, transportation, and entertainment.

It's possible though.
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Like Dave said, probably about 80% is plausible, you can buy american apparel and lucky brand clothes to be super hip, and patriotic! (actually what I do). It's easier to pull off buying things that aren't made in china than it is specifically made in the US, if you buy luxury items and top tier stuff, it'll typically be american or european in origin. Personally that's what I do, going by the philosophy buy once buy right.
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