would you pay more for western goods just to keep jobs here?

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  1. LeanMan profile image81
    LeanManposted 13 years ago

    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?

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.  big_smile

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      LegendaryHeroposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      This is an opportunity to switch over to a high-tech service economy.

      1. LeanMan profile image81
        LeanManposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        High-tech, does that mean move to Japan....

        As to service, does that not just recycle our available cash rather than generate more wealth??

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          LegendaryHeroposted 13 years agoin reply to this
        2. Sab Oh profile image56
          Sab Ohposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          "High-tech, does that mean move to Japan...."


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      Poppa Bluesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      No, not if they're union jobs.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    yes. I try to be aware of where something was made before I purchase it and also ask if I really need it.

  3. Hokey profile image60
    Hokeyposted 13 years ago


  4. Arthur Fontes profile image75
    Arthur Fontesposted 13 years ago

    I would pay more for American goods if they were of a better quality.

  5. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 13 years ago

    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 sad

  6. aware profile image65
    awareposted 13 years ago

    the trade situation  now is   killing us

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The Great Panty Swap in under wear... I mean way!  We better cover our asses! Lol.

  7. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 13 years ago

    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.

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    sandra rinckposted 13 years ago

    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!

    1. SiddSingh profile image61
      SiddSinghposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Those are called Russian Dolls - also called nesting dolls or babushka dolls. Where else would they be made, besides Russia? big_smile

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    JeanMeriamposted 13 years ago

    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.

    1. Rafini profile image72
      Rafiniposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Except for the big boys who run the companies that pay their low-level employees minimum wage, these big boys can afford to do whatever they want.

  10. Ohma profile image61
    Ohmaposted 13 years ago

    With out a doubt.

  11. mikelong profile image59
    mikelongposted 13 years ago


    1. Sab Oh profile image56
      Sab Ohposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      How much more?

  12. salt profile image60
    saltposted 13 years ago

    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,....

  13. Greg Cremia profile image61
    Greg Cremiaposted 13 years ago

    The cheap chinese crap actually costs more when you factor in the cost of replacing it when it breaks prematurely.

  14. manlypoetryman profile image78
    manlypoetrymanposted 13 years ago

    You are Darn Tootin'...I Sure Would!


  15. Rafini profile image72
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    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.  smile

  16. Disturbia profile image60
    Disturbiaposted 13 years ago


  17. LeanMan profile image81
    LeanManposted 13 years ago

    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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