Most of what I've got to say isn't just about tools, but about all
'precision' purchases (i.e. optics, electronics, etc.).
Since I'm not in the US, I don't have any personal allegiance to tools made
there. My first choice is made in Canada, just because that's where Lee
Valley makes their Veritas line. :-)
Aside from that, it's a matter of quality first and political support
second. Right now I'm avoiding as much Made in USA stuff as possible. I'm
sad to see the country sliding as much as it is, but politically they're
one of the most aggressive offenders right now, and labour costs are
making their stuff overpriced more often than not.
"Made in Japan" has gone from being a sign of junk to being a justification
(not just an excuse) for premium pricing in under 20 years. Made in China
is doing the same thing now, and the curious state of affairs is that there
are some VERY good items coming out of there, mixed in with the endless
streams of crap. Handmade craftsman stuff will be outrageously expensive
no matter where it comes from, because of the work involved. Manufactured
stuff is as good as the manufacturing equipment, process, and quality
control; and that is simply a matter of crunching numbers and deciding what
market to go after. The 'cheap labour' countries have a big potential
advantage in this, because they can reach the top of the market just as
easily as anyone else, but for less money. China is starting to exploit
this now, whereas India isn't.
I'll buy the quality I want (usually the very best I can afford), and only
look at the "made in..." label if I need a second differentiator.
I couldn't care less, I buy for quality and price, if it does what I
need it to do at a price I'm willing to pay, I buy it. The U.S. needs
to be able to compete in a world market, artificially picking inferior
tools at higher prices just because of where they were put together is
Certainly I wouldn't buy an inferior product just because of it's
country of manufacture, but there is also more to life than cheapness.
I don't want to live in a country which sinks to China's level in
environmental policies, lack of labor protection and government enforced
one-child-per-woman laws. Isn't there something fundamentally wrong
with forcing women to have abortions if they are about to have an
unauthorized second child?
I'm all for commercial competitiveness, but it is not possible to
compete price wise with a competitor who has a much lower set of safety,
environmental, intellectual property and human rights standards.
<rolling eyes> They have more than four times the population of the
US in the same land area. They have trouble feeding all the people
they have. Further, they are not and have never been a Christian
nation or a nation that owes any part of its heritage to any religion
that is part of the heritage of Christianity, so no, on no count is it
wrong for the Chinese to require women who have been so irresponsible
as to become pregnant in violation of the law and common sense to have
Much else that you percieve as "wrong" about the way China treats its
population is the result of having more people than they have work
I seem to recall the same complaints being made about Japan 40 or so
years ago. If you want them to act like they're in the First World
you have to pull them there. Boycotting them is just going to delay
So if someone makes a law saying you have to eat two servings of
pickeled pigs' feet per day, you should obey because you know the law?
My father loved 'em. They make me puke. That kind of force is wrong.
No, if the law says that if you scratch your balls in public you have
to eat two servings of pickled pigs feet you shouldn't scratch your
balls in public unless you are willing to eat two servings of pickled
It's not a case of being forced to do something with no antecedent,
it's a case of one act being the consequence of another.
No, it's not. Perhaps Christian
Evangelists have made it a hot-button
item with them, but other religions are
against it too. Some non-religious folks
are as well. I suspect that there are
many women and men in China who support
it - and oppose it.
I see it as a conscience thing. I"m like
Mike on this one. I have no intention of
debating whether or not it's right.
There are countless other forums for that.
Bingo, it's an individual conscience thing, and not a basis for
condemning the whole nation of China. If there were universal
consensus that it was absolutely wrong then things might be different,
but there isn't.
You might want to check again. While China is nominally Communist
they have in fact recognized that Taiwan and British Hong Kong were
eating their lunch and so they have implemented a number of free trade
zones that work on a capitalistic system.
AFAIK, each religion has some sort of precept against the killing of
innocents (what their definition of "innocent" is may be a little
convenient for them and not so much for somebody else, but don't think
anybody counts the unborn in that group)...
There are quite a few folks w/o much strong connection to any organized
or formal religion who find the practice for "casual" reasons or as
"morning after" birth control as repugnant on general principles
irrespective of others' viewpoints as well.
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