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Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is (vanity)
<self> | 11/23/2007 | <self>

Posted on 11/23/2007 3:44:32 PM PST by Lexinom

Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah FRiends!

This is the time of year that is special because is engenders the spirit of giving and selflessness of its sacred origins. Each of us, in his or her own way, has a special place in our heart for this joyful time.

As we put others' needs and desires first, as we look forward to the expression of surprise and delight on our loved ones' faces as they receive our gifts, as we peruse the ailes, let us consider the economic import of our duty.

Some of the nations producing the goods we will place in our carts are not characterized by the same selflessness and generosity that has governed our actions in time of crisis and natural disaster. Some nations do not value freedom or the individual, and seek only to profit on a seasonal tradition Some companies have little concern for America or the long-term consequences of tunnel-visioned pursuit of the Almighty Buck. Pursuit of profits in a free and fair market is one thing, but when that pursuit fails to consider maintenance of the road travelled or basic traffic signs, the road itself eventually deteriorates.

I hope we can discuss here ways to search out and buy only American and America-friendly goods. We must realize that many companies have caught on to the negative stigma attached to China and Chinese goods - a stigma that has ballooned over the last six months but which has existed in informed minds for years prior. Some companies will advertise boldly that their goods are made with American materials but fail to divulge that these materials are shipped to Beijing for assembly by what for all intents and purposes are slaves, or worse, political prisoners.

In my experience the workmanship of American-made goods is almost always superior to that of an inexpensive Chinese knock-off. Consider that this in some cases adds intangible value to the gift itself in the eyes of the person receiving it. Consider also that your American-made gifts may well outlast the latter by many years. There is value in quality over quantity, and you really do, generally speaking, get what you pay for. If you love America, buy the best - or at the very least buy from Canada, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and other less-hostile nations. Make intelligent choices this holiday season for America's sake.

Do not forget our troops: those men and women that we all so adore and admire, fighting for freedom on foreign soil. Many will be away from hearth, home, mother, father, wife again this year. They have their brothers-in-arms, united in a common and noble cause. Let us bolster their work in our way here at home by supporting our own economy and prolonging the American ideal for which they so diligently labor and yes, sometimes bleed. Let us remember them in our thoughts, in our prayers, and with continued care packages as we long for their safe return from a successful mission.

Lastly, remember to pray for the Chinese people - many of whom are our Christian brothers and sisters - and yes, for their government. The nation is indeed a threat, both economically and militarily, but God is above all and holds the hearts of kings.

Wishing each of my Christian brothers and sisters a blessed Christmas, and my Jewish friends a joyful and blessed Hanukkah.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: america; buyamerican; chanukah; china; christmas; christmaspresent; christmaspresents; economy; gift; gifts; hanukkah; idea; ideas; madeinamerica; madeintheusa; madeinusa; present; presents; retail; usa
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To: Lexinom

Well, obviously putting “made in” labels on products is a vicious, racist, anti-sino action, and in the interests of free trade and passing the global test, they should be eliminated.


41 posted on 11/23/2007 6:20:29 PM PST by ichabod1 ("Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Just A Nobody
Thank you! You've influenced some of our own buying decisions this year.

BTW American-made Lincoln Logs are still available, albeit with a different name now.

42 posted on 11/23/2007 6:35:29 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: Tenniel2
"Legos, from Denmark. Remember the Muhammad cartoonists!"

Read labels carefully on Lego products. They have been sourcing some of their parts from China more recently.

43 posted on 11/23/2007 6:45:27 PM PST by Think free or die
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To: Think free or die

Probably the small and complex parts. It seems anything small and complex and/or electronic must, as though by fiat, come from China. Makes one wonder...


44 posted on 11/23/2007 7:20:53 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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http://buyamerican.com/

Awesome site: http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/
This site is a voluntary effort by one woman to help shoppers find products made in USA.

http://www.madeinusa.com/

http://www.nbwebexpress.com/information/madeinusa.asp
New Balance shoes made in the USA

http://www.madeinusaforever.com/

http://www.madeinusa.org/
Much exploring can be done at this site.


45 posted on 11/23/2007 7:22:54 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Lexinom
Thanks for that link! I saved it for the future. In fact, I have a new folder in my "Favorites" for all this stuff.

Thanks for the motivation to finally search.

46 posted on 11/23/2007 7:26:51 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Lexinom

“Lastly, remember to pray for the Chinese people - many of whom are our Christian brothers and sisters - and yes, for their government. The nation is indeed a threat, both economically and militarily, but God is above all and holds the hearts of kings.”

Prayers for all!


47 posted on 11/23/2007 8:48:19 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: All; Just A Nobody

Thanks for those links to help us buy American.


48 posted on 11/23/2007 8:51:01 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: All

Here are Made in U.S.A. clothes for the ladies, very reasonably priced with free alterations, and free shipping for orders over $50 (last time I ordered):

http://pumpkincreekclothing.com/product.php?productID=12


49 posted on 11/23/2007 8:56:50 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Lexinom

Just purchased a big-wheel-type trike for nephew off a USA product website. Cost more, but it was made in the USA for the most part. We’ll see if it’s any better come Christmas.


50 posted on 11/23/2007 9:08:46 PM PST by madison10
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To: Sun; All
Thank you Sun! (my wife thanks you too :) )

Here's yet another site, not real complete, but a concluding sentence before the brief "list" contains a rather sobering reminder: "Given present trends, a product 'not made in China' six months ago may be made there now."

http://notmadeinchina.siteideas.net/notmade_links.htm

51 posted on 11/23/2007 9:46:00 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: Sun

YW...I had fun looking! ;*)


52 posted on 11/23/2007 10:10:58 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Lexinom

CRAFTSMAN TOOLS

I also just got an email/spam type thing about SEARS and how much they support the troops (keeping them on the payroll at their regular pay rather than the minimum, vet projects, health care, etc.) Check it out at Snopes.com and it is confirmed.

I’ll have to find something to buy at SEARS this year! (A couple new pair of CARHARTTS - another item made in the U.S. as well as abroad? (Europe??).


53 posted on 11/23/2007 10:21:43 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: Lexinom

And thank you, again.


54 posted on 11/24/2007 12:42:15 AM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Just A Nobody

I had fun looking and buying. I usually like to try clothes on first, but the price was so reasonable, I thought I’d buy a skirt, top and slacks, and could always wear them around the house, or under a coat if they didn’t look good. But everything fit very well for me, and I loved the free alterations.


55 posted on 11/24/2007 12:45:21 AM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Lexinom

BTTT


56 posted on 11/24/2007 11:24:53 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (Mother of the Bride here, treat me with respect for once, will ya? ;))
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To: Brad's Gramma
Do you know of anyone that sells a rigid suitcase (the big rolling kind) that is made in the U.S.A.? I was pleased to find one U.S. supplier (Zebulon U.S.A.), but everything they make is of the outdoorsy duffle bag variety and may not be right for business travel.
57 posted on 11/24/2007 12:19:11 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: Lexinom

I. Just. Threw. One. Away.

aaaaaaaaaaccccccckkkkkkkk


58 posted on 11/24/2007 12:23:54 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Mother of the Bride here, treat me with respect for once, will ya? ;))
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To: Brad's Gramma
:-)

Actually I did find something more in line with what we're seeking:

Tough Traveler

I don't really care how rigid it is, just that it is large enough for most of the clothes for a family of five and can double for business travel. The CYR on that page is pretty close.

59 posted on 11/24/2007 12:32:11 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: Lexinom

Bump for reference, thanks, Lex.


60 posted on 11/28/2007 9:29:17 PM PST by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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