Skip to comments.Home Depot accused of violating Buy American Act
Posted on 06/27/2011 11:45:30 AM PDT by posterchild
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The photograph on Home Depot's website shows a line of smiling soldiers unloading a truck stacked with power tools and other company wares.
The company says this shows "federal dollars go farther at The Home Depot." San Francisco Attorney Paul Scott says the photo also shows the company providing Chinese-made products in violation of the Buy American Act, and the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating.
A federal judge in April refused Home Depot Inc.'s bid to toss a whistleblower lawsuit Scott and other attorneys filed against the Atlanta-based company. Now the country's largest home improvement retailer is the latest company accused of running afoul of the Buy American Act, a 1933 law aimed at protecting U.S. jobs. The law requires that all materials used in construction of public projects originate in the United States or "designated countries."
Like most protectionist trade provisions, the Buy American Act has its supporters and detractors.
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I avoid Home Depot.
I’ve avoided Home Depot since they were found to be routinely infringing on American patents in order to secure look-alike products from China.
They are big time supporters of queers and queer marriages.
I’ve made the decision to avoid their stores also.
Maybe the Sodomites will rush to Home Despot’s aid and support...
A couple of things about Home Depot are, they forced lower quality products onto America, and as a contractor I have often asked the employees questions, and every single time the employee confidently gives me thorough detailed answers, the problem is that very often those answers are complete nonsense, and occasionally destructive.
In the 1990s, Moen faucets ran full page ads apologizing to the loyal plumbing contractors, because Home Depot was forcing them to introduce a cheaper line of faucets, they admitted that they just could not refuse such a massive retailer, all the other manufacturers complied also.
I buy my materials at plumbing wholesalers, and every couple of years when I have to dash into a Home Depot, I see them selling junk versions of plumbing goods, that I didn’t even know existed and that I wished would never be installed, but it does explain why we are replacing faucets and fixtures that are only 2 and 5 years old.
The faucets that I used to replace, were 35 and 50 years old.
Smart move. We made the mistake of buying rebar from them. We had 15 year old rebar laying around. The old rebar took 3x as long to cut with the grinder. The rebar from HD cut like butter. Found out later from a knowledgeable friend on such matters that it is most likely Chinese rebar -- poorly made. He stated the rebar from India is much better quality.
He stated we should be able to ask the store for the COO (Country Of Origin) of the steel. I am disgusted at all the Chinese junk flooding into America.
The seller should know the origin and legality of his products, not the consumer.
I have a General Contractor friend that remodels expensive Southern Cal. homes and when I was telling him about the plumbing materials, he was telling me that Home Depot even sold inferior basic building materials, I was skeptical at the time but the friend went into great detail, and even described the inferior finishing nails, etc.
I was in a Homo Depot this weekend but only because I needed to use their restroom, I shop at Lowes. On my way towards the restroom I passed the employee breakroom. On the wall outside the breakroom was a large sign that said “Celebrate Diversity.” A gay pride display was below the sign followed by black history and on the very bottom a small sign about Flag Day.
They got my piss but not my money.
I’m not a contractor, but do most of my own home repairs. In addition to faucets, door knobs, light switches and doors are also short lived.
We stopped shopping HomoDepot too but it seems like somebody must make a contribution to Barry’s re-selection campaign..
Oh, I know! Lawsuits!
Stupids at Home Depot probably also drink Budweiser, Starbucks and shop at Walmart too.
We can see the retailer doing due diligence to verify that his suppliers and foreign suppliers all meet the legal standards of the products they are making and selling if so required, but how is the end user supposed to do that?
I can hand you a box full 100 different products, and when I demand that you verify that they were all manufactured and imported according to law, where do you even start? Home Depot starts at the beginning, before they even write the contract with that supplier.
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