with the number of jobs being lost due to companies outsourcing manufacturing overseas to china and the like, would you be willing to pay more for your goods to keep the jobs here?
Maybe if they started producing some goods. Besides Harley Davidson, Ford and a few small retailers, America isn't really producing much worth buying to begin with.
I am down with swap meats, farmers markets and thrift shops.
This is an opportunity to switch over to a high-tech service economy.
High-tech, does that mean move to Japan....
As to service, does that not just recycle our available cash rather than generate more wealth??
yes. I try to be aware of where something was made before I purchase it and also ask if I really need it.
I would pay more for American goods if they were of a better quality.
You know I would pay more just to know that its not made by some child in a sweat shop being paid such a low wage as to be equivalent to slavery
I already do what I can to buy local. I try hard not to go to places like walmart and big box shops. I do ask where things are made. I think export/import relations are important, but I think we have been inundated and need to slow down.
My friend recently visited DC, she goes into a shop in I forget what building and picks up one of those dolls that have dolls in dolls in them.
The price tag reads $49.99, made in Russia. The irony was that not one thing in that shop in our Nations Capital was made in the USA.
How'bout them apples!
I was thinking about this a while back. Maybe what is causing so many of the problems is the live frugally gurus. Trying to get everything as cheap as you can just leads to a drop in wages and everything else that goes along with it, so that eventually everyone has to be cheap in order to afford anything.
sometimes thats the trade off for good work conditions versus cheaper goods.
I do think you need to promote your own industries. In economics, they talk about economies of scale etc, but those are generally in a controlled environment. You need to be able to create the equilibrium that fits both maintaining local production and jobs and being a player in the global market.
There is also an asset in having skilled staff that you loose by buying from overseas,....
The cheap chinese crap actually costs more when you factor in the cost of replacing it when it breaks prematurely.
I usually buy second hand because it's so hard to find anything with a Made in USA label.
but to answer the question, Yes, I would.
Buying cheap rubbish is false economy, you soon have to buy again!
Think also about the tax dollars lost from those put out of work and the tax money to support them... where will it come from? Extra taxes sooner or later!!!
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