A Year Without "Made in China"

 
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gurkin



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:43 am    Post subject: A Year Without "Made in China" Reply with quote

i was surprised that this was a fun read. and kinda sad to see american-made goods disappear in the search of low, low prices. of course, 'buy american' nowadays is seen as xenophobic.
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sad poseur



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read a thing somewhere, can't remember there, correlating the rise of inexpensive foreign goods to a drop in property crimes. The argument was that things are so cheap and plentiful it's no longer worth the trouble/risk to break in somewhere, steal, fence, etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:08 am    Post subject: Re: A Year Without "Made in China" Reply with quote

gurkin wrote:
...'buy american' nowadays is seen as xenophobic.
Buy American gets trickier and trickier when everything is multinational.
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gurkin



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's the point of the book, actually.
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Max Action



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

huh. yesterday I was at my GF's mom's place drinking from an old Tupperware drinking glass.

The rubbery-plastic gave my flashbacks from childhood so I looked at the bottom, and mused that any plastic product stamped with 'Made in USA' is pretty much automatically vintage.

Then I realized that's true of pretty much everything. Other than corn.
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goreguck



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just requested this from my library. Looking forward to reading it.
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goreguck



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book was definitely a fun read, but I was a little disappointed that the author didn't choose to go D.I.Y. more often. Plus, her boycott circumventions (i.e. the kiddie pool) seemed kinda cheap.

But all in all, it really was a good book, and it was cool how she gave everything country-of-origin status, like 'the German thread', and whatnot. The book makes you stop and think about globalization, so job well done.
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