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Old 03-05-2006, 08:42 PM
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overseas tool invasion

Hey guys I thought craftsman was suposed to be an American made tool. Got

one of there red racheting screwdrivers and is made in taiwan, or china can't

remember. And then got one of there new tape measures and the sob is made in

the dominican republic. And even now husky is jap crap. What's happening to us.

I was pissed when i found out about my screwdriver. is it just me or dose this

kind of thing tick yall off too.

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I remember when I bought my harley jacket, full leather, almost $1000.00 bucks from the harley dealer. I would look at that thing at least 2 or 3 times a week before I bought it. I was so excited to have the one with the huge carved eagle in the back with all the frills and stuff.. plus it would do a dang good job of protecting me if, when, I went down. After getting it one day I was cleaning it and just happened to look at the tag and it said "made in tiwain or something like that. I was so PO'd when I saw that.

But the question is, what are you going to do about it. Probably nothing, our government, which is the people, which is you and I have let this happen. Untill there is is a true recesion, like our grandfathers went through we will do nothing about it. Period!

At least that is my .02cents.
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yup, asian overseas tools are crap!!

thats why i buy snap on, still the best and made in wisconsin!

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Old 03-06-2006, 08:50 PM
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We can all thank Global Marketing for the Asia Invasion. Just like NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement. Many Texas jobs went south of the border for the cheap labor costs and EPA concerns.

But what can you do? I guess we just have to live with it.
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Let's not forget Milwaukee
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Haven't seen much on it lately, but in 2004 the Milwaukee electric tools side was sold to the same Hong Kong based company that owns Ryobi... I'm not sure if they still own them or not... at least I think you were talking about Milwuakee electric tools, not the city...

(http://www.buildingonline.com/news/viewnews.pl?id=3405)


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Just kiss Ol' Bush and Clinton on the lips for giving us the nice trade agreements that dropped all the import tarrifs that kept all this crap out, and kept our jobs here. Oh, just how are they making up for the 10 Billion in tarrifs that are no longer comming in????? Your taxes baby, that's how. Look at an Ingersol Rand impact. In my opinion the best brand of pnuematics on the market, well, they are now made in China. Thankx Bush and Clinton for Hosing your people while making the world one big happy family.
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Don't get me wrong here, I hate the Chinese imports just as much as anyone, but it it is a sad fact of life. It is not Bush or Clinton's fault IMO. China is rapidly emerging as a vast economic force, not unlike the Japanese did a number of years ago, but on a much bigger scale. To be an isolationist is not the answer either, that will doom you in the end. America's hope is to maintain the lead that it has in the high tech industries like electronics. The manufacturing jobs will always go the cheaper route, but we still need to be the ones that come up with the ideas.

A sad note is that I saw some statistics the other day that said the U.S. is not producing enough engineers and scientist, that worries me more than Chinese imports.

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Chad, Now that's just heartbreaking I had no idea that Milwaukee had sold out. That will make me cherish my older Milwaukee tools even more.

Tech, When you look at it that way, the higher taxes to make up for lost money from tariffs, it simply means we are subsidizing all that cheap foreign labor that is putting us out of work
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Hey guys I thought craftsman was suposed to be an American made tool. Got

one of there red racheting screwdrivers and is made in taiwan, or china can't

remember. And then got one of there new tape measures and the sob is made in

the dominican republic. And even now husky is jap crap. What's happening to us.

I was pissed when i found out about my screwdriver. is it just me or dose this

kind of thing tick yall off too.
The Sears Companion line is all made overseas. Look before you purchase.
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I am presently shopping for an up to date digital timing light (timing advance-RPM's) and viewed OTC's offerings. They have a branded name in their tools called STINGER, which usually means off-shore. I just E-Mailed them and they replied that they purchase their timing lights from a domestic source (their source not revealed) and just E-Mailed again for origion of their usual line source (not STINGER).

One has to be very careful of what one pick's up nowadays as it may be sourced from off-shore.

To have completely dismantled a nation's manufacturing capabilities only in the name of greater corporate profits is a detriment to this nation's freedom. If (and it will) all out war returns to this nation, it will not be able to manufacture the needed wares for defense. NAFTA was a means to increase corporate profit and have faceless international conglomerates control the world's economy.

Few remember the First Gulf War where it took us six months to deploy needed ground forces because of lack of a Merchant Marine and having to force Japan to supply us with chips for our Patriot missles whereas they were making more money producing chips for computer games.
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