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11-11-2012 08:36 AM
MouseFink 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 06:14 PM
starnest 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 06:01 PM
E.Furgal
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Originally Posted by 302 Z28 View Post
You forget a couple of things, American workers collecting a wage to assemble the cars. American companies manufacturing all the ancillary parts needed for the cars. We live in a global economy now in case you have not noticed it. GM, Ford, and Chrysler all import parts for their cars. Where in the world did you get the goofy idea that Nissan America does not pay taxes? Oh I forgot, that is one of the lies Obama was spreading, like getting a tax break to move a job overseas.

Vince
it's all public record.. states do it all the time offer 5-10 years of zero taxes to get a company to set up shop.. kia/hyndie/honda/bmw/nissan/mb/toyota.. all got them.. and was allowed to happen by use'n the b/s we are a right to work state and the only reason the big three is mad is because of that fact..
years of zero taxes, sweet deals..
11-09-2012 05:29 PM
alkey
brakes

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 05:48 PM
302 Z28
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Originally Posted by E.Furgal View Post
YUP THERE ARE, ALL WITH NO TAXES SWEET DEALS....
and the profits go where?????????????????????
You forget a couple of things, American workers collecting a wage to assemble the cars. American companies manufacturing all the ancillary parts needed for the cars. We live in a global economy now in case you have not noticed it. GM, Ford, and Chrysler all import parts for their cars. Where in the world did you get the goofy idea that Nissan America does not pay taxes? Oh I forgot, that is one of the lies Obama was spreading, like getting a tax break to move a job overseas.

Vince
11-08-2012 08:15 AM
E.Furgal
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Originally Posted by 302 Z28 View Post
Our Nissan is made in the USA...dork

There are a ton of USA manufactured parts on our Nissan

Vince
YUP THERE ARE, ALL WITH NO TAXES SWEET DEALS....
and the profits go where?????????????????????
11-08-2012 08:10 AM
nthogdog
Communal

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Originally Posted by MouseFink View Post
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?
My thoughts are you are right on target with the communal lifestyle. Just wait alittle while. It's coming!!!
11-07-2012 08:38 PM
66GMC
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Originally Posted by poncho62 View Post
LOL....Not everyone in the rest of the world lives in poverty....You need to get out more....or study more
This is really going to make me sound like I need a life ...
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 07:02 PM
unclebill
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Originally Posted by MouseFink View Post
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?
better get rid of that car hobby while we at it.
how many cave men have a multi thousand dollar toy that burns gas?
11-07-2012 02:25 PM
poncho62
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Originally Posted by MouseFink View Post
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?
LOL....Not everyone in the rest of the world lives in poverty....You need to get out more....or study more
11-07-2012 01:56 PM
MouseFink
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Originally Posted by 66GMC View Post
Sadly, it's getting harder and harder to find things built in USA or Canada with each passing day.

Do you guys ever watch shows like Dragon's Den or Shark Tank?
These guys are the BIG players and investors an ALL they care about is the bottom line.

Some woman was on there trying to get investment for baby stuff, and it turned out that she was paying almost $30.00 per unit for raw materials and labor, and having a tough time selling them for $32.50.
<wince>
The VERY FIRST question was: "Have you looked into having these items produced off-shore"

Her reply: "Yes, and I will be able to lower my landed cost for materials, labor, and freight to about $11.00 per unit.

We're doing it to ourselves, people! ...


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 06:32 AM
Bryan59EC
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Originally Posted by Geardo View Post
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
05 Ranger---in for brakes 3x before 30k-----turned out to be bad calipers and that I had suggested this on the firts trip in. The dealer suggested it was my driving habits.


79 Chev C-10

owned 34 years
over 400,000miles
on it's second set of brakes and still has original rotors.---------and Ford thought worn brakes was my driving habits.
11-06-2012 06:29 AM
302 Z28
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Originally Posted by Jim Rockford View Post
the guy that buy a ****ing nissan car , is complaining about import part...humm.
Our Nissan is made in the USA...dork

There are a ton of USA manufactured parts on our Nissan

Vince
11-05-2012 09:18 PM
66GMC 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...
Will Stop,
Should Stop,
and
Might Stop!"
11-05-2012 08:59 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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