Someone posted a few days ago the deal on clamps from Woodcraft. I
ordered them and the FedEx guy pulled up just as I was starting a glue
up (he must have known).
For $20, no shipping, these are a good deal. They're not Jorgensons
but worth the money and the spring clamps are also sturdy.
You should support quality above all else, economy second and
nationalism dead last. If "where you live" makes the best stuff at
the best prices, then by all means buy it. If they make crap at
outrageous prices, buying it only encourages them to continue.
They do, however given the phenomenal amount of cargo they move I expect
their actual efficiency is quite high especially given the fact that
they don't have to stop at traffic lights and similar fuel guzzling
delays. Once they leave port it's pretty much an efficient non stop
cruise at optimum speed the whole way.
Overall, they are still using a lot more fuel than buying something made
in the USA.
Once the containers hit a US port, they still have to be moved to at least
one warehouse and then perhaps to a distributor's warehouse. From there,
it has to be shipped to you.
If an item is made in the USA, it may be shipped from the manufacturer
directly, or shipped to a distributor and then to you.
The made in the USA item won't have all that fuel used by the container
ship and getting the item to/from the container ship.
I don't strictly buy made in the USA items, but country of origin is
certainly a factor. Many items are just not made in the USA anymore or
are very hard to find.
On Tue, 28 Nov 2006 15:21:05 +0000, Brian Elfert wrote:
This whole argument that shipping from Asia "wastes fuel" is Politically
Factories don't make metal, they buy it from a mill and then cast, forge,
and machine it into the finished product. Mills don't mine metal, they
buy ore from a mine. So the ore gets shipped from the mine, and a
fraction of the weight of the ore gets shipped from the mill as iron or
steel and a fraction of the weight of that is shipped by the factory as
finished tools. The US does not have all the raw materials to make modern
tools--no matter where the tool is made there is significant shipping of
some component of it from overseas, if not as a finished part then as ore
or other raw materials. And it usually uses a lot more energy to ship
that ore than it does to ship the tool.
If you want to buy American because you're loyal to your contry that's
fine, but don't delude yourself that you are "saving energy".
J. Clarke wrote:
I really don't care what the energy costs are because they are built
into the overall cost of the product just as various local living
standards are. But I DO care whether my local marketplace is healthy and
that suggests that I purchase from it myself if I am able to do so and
not prohibited by:
* high cost
* simple unavailability
* low quality
* impeding regulations or other statutory restrictions.
Why? Because I know my customers and I know that they tend to live
within 10 miles of me (with a couple of exceptions in California and one
in England). So money I pump into the local economy, to the extent that
it remains here, ultimately benefits me too. I sell a pen to the guy who
sells gas to the guy I buy bread from.
When I start seeing a significant number of my sales going to Taiwan or
mainland China, I will make extra effort to buy from them. As it is, I
now have to go out of my way to buy locally made goods.
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as
one goes on.
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