|11-11-2012 09:36 AM|
I examined the box containing my ACDelco brake parts kit and it was "Made in China".
I examined the box containing my Raybestos ceramic pads and there was no indication where they were made.
"Made in U.S.A." is not a good selling point anymore unless you are purchasing the product for patriotic reasons.
|11-09-2012 07:14 PM|
A comment on tax breaks. While this term is thrown around a lot it is often misinterpreted to mean that a company pays less tax to move operations overseas. From a corporate view this is somewhat true, but only in the sense that they move their profit center overseas to avoid paying higher US corporate tax rates. It goes something like this.
I'm selling widgets for $1000 and it costs me $500 to make and distribute, therefore I pay tax on $500 profit. But by building a plant overseas with a new company (which I own). I can sell the product from my new company to my old company for $800, after mfg and shipping my cost is $400 (lower wage and tax costs), and my new company pays tax on the $400 profit at a lower overseas tax rate. My old company adds $100 cost for distribution, sells the widget for $1000 and I only have to pay the higher US tax rate on $100 profit. I've still made my $500 profit before tax, but because of the lower rate overseas I get to keep more of it.
This is grossly oversimplified, but I'm just making the point that our tax laws are working against us. Keep in mind that we pay income tax, SS, Medicare, state, and local taxes, while the employer pays a match on SS, unemployment, workman's comp, etc, before they get to paying tax on profit. The more tax we pay, the harder it is to compete.
|11-09-2012 07:01 PM|
years of zero taxes, sweet deals..
|11-09-2012 06:29 PM|
i have had very good luck with achebono brake pads.not only quiet they also wear well. on another note we had a brass plant in our town and there was a rumor that they got a tax break to move out. i have no proof of that being true but i have heard that story happening to other plants.can only hope it is just rumors.
|11-08-2012 06:48 PM|
|11-08-2012 09:15 AM|
and the profits go where?????????????????????
|11-08-2012 09:10 AM|
|11-07-2012 09:38 PM|
Do you guys ever watch shows like "House Hunters International"?
I find it quite interesting to see homes and their values in other countries.
The show that I can't figure out is called "Live here, buy this"
It seems that lots of Torontonians are selling their ("just average") homes for around $600,000.00 and moving to warmer locales, buying some really nice homes (better than the ones they had in TO) for a whole bunch less.
That part is entirely understandable ... the tough part is understanding how they make a living in that other country?
Any place that I have even dreamed about will NOT allow you to work in their country. The Cayman Islands for example has a clause that you have to be a "person of means" and to put a $750,000.00 (IIRC) deposit in their bank before you can own property there.
|11-07-2012 08:02 PM|
how many cave men have a multi thousand dollar toy that burns gas?
|11-07-2012 03:25 PM|
|11-07-2012 02:56 PM|
The American standard of living is too high. We need to start living in a communal lifestyle like the rest of the world. Three families in one home. Who in the world besides Americanos has a room in their house for their car?
|11-06-2012 07:32 AM|
79 Chev C-10
owned 34 years
on it's second set of brakes and still has original rotors.---------and Ford thought worn brakes was my driving habits.
|11-06-2012 07:29 AM|
There are a ton of USA manufactured parts on our Nissan
|11-05-2012 10:18 PM|
Several years ago, when they first got on the "good, better, best" bandwagon ... we sold 3 kinds of brake pads
AE (Application Engineered) which were the premium line.
SS (Sure Stop) Less expensive, but still decent.
Verdic (Later re-branded as True Stop)
I had some wiseacre come in, looking at the counter mat, who remarked:
"Hmmm. They should call these...
|11-05-2012 09:59 PM|
|Geardo||I just traded my 2010 Ford E-150, for a 2013 E-150, had 97k miles on the 2010, and still had the orginal brakes|
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