Skip to comments.THE BEST STUFF: Made in USA
Posted on 12/31/2001 12:11:34 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
As a discussion recently transpired here on Free Republic, it occurred to me how many cheap goods have infiltrated the marketplaces of the USA. It also occurred to me that Free Republic would be the best place to begin a list of those products, made in the United States of America, that today have a long lasting quality about them.
I mean tangible goods. For example, when I was younger I had a few Tonka® trucks. Look at a Tonka® truck today, you you will certainly see how they don't make them like they used to. Too much plastic, and a "Made in Hong Kong" label. The same seems to have happened, by and large, with Lionel® Trains. While this is the perfect forum to debate the reasons for such cheapening of durigible goods, we should do something practical here on the side.
So let us build a list of the best stuff made in the United States of America, and let that list be shared. Then, perhaps, when the next holiday season arrives we will know what things to purchase as gifts. We will also know throughout the year what tangible goods may be of most benefit to our homes and families. We can do this "on the side" as it were, while we debate the more serious issues facing our land and people.
Please make sure the items are made in the USA. Think of those tangibles that have enduring qualities about them. Attributes would include: Heavy duty, solid design, long lasting reputation, high standards, etc. If, along the way, we discover there is little or nothing of true value made in the USA, then maybe some of us will be inspired to start something, or build something, of long lasting quality.
Some may come along to plug their own goods. That's okay, as long as it's quality stuff. In view of the fact, however, that this forum is not to be a platform for personal business advertising it may not be a good idea. Others have already begun a recent thread on FR to put forth the idea of a "Made in the USA" store. Please peruse this thread as well, but then come back here to help us list specific products that might be included in such a store.
As the list becomes tried and true we might refine it and release it as perhaps, for lack of a better title: The Made in USA List of Goods Made in the USA.
No need to buy from them just because they're made in the US, buy them because they really do make great fishing equipment.
On this topic, anyone know of American made kitchen knives (middle to mid-high price range).
Some Chicago cutlery are, some aren't. I really like my Henckels (but they are made in China,
Spain, and Germany depending on which line you buy).
Thanks for the word. There are times when Germany runs circles around us when it comes to mechanical precision. I reckon the same may be true when it comes to technology.
Beretta Pistols: Made in Accokeek, Maryland.
Savage Centerfire Rifles: Made in New York. (Their rimfire rifles are made in Canada.)
Very few countries have the ability to make CPUs. Intel has plants in USA and Ireland, with a new one to open in Israel sometime in the near future. AMD has one each in USA and Germany, Motorola (heart of the Macintosh) may make all their CPUs in USA. SDRAM chips usually come from the Far East. Flash memory (The digital camera memory cards) comes from USA and the Far East.
I was just about to mention them and found this. That won't stop me from buying even more in the future, because they are one of the best values on the market for any product. It just suprised me when I saw it since I have never seen anything by them not made in the U.S.
As I was checking into Libbey Glassware I noticed something about their acquiring Oneida flatware. Have no idea whether their cutlery is up to snuff in terms of both USA and quality, but Libbey Glass seems to be legit. They're a couple hours away from me in Toledo, OH, with a long history and some glassware I hope to own some day. Just the simple stuff that lasts.
Can't fault you for that. As this list develops, I think the better goods will be made by smaller companies that do not have to endure union thugism. Automobiles, due to their large size and widespread use, are like a magnet for unwarranted greed, cheapness, etc.
Madame Alexander dolls have been recently made in china and now the hair is cheap stuff and the eye sockets are all crooked, etc.....One doll outlet was complaining how sloppy the dolls were after they switched to have them made in China.
Republican Presidents (specifically Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush)
Madame Alexander dolls have been recently made in china and now the hair is cheap stuff and the eye sockets are all crooked, etc.....One doll outlet was complaining how sloppy the dolls were after they switched production to China. I no longer collect them now.
My Dad bought us Zebco rod/reels when we were kids. Not that I turned out to be a major outdoor sportsman, but how do these compare with Penn?
Given that a company make products both in the USA and elsewhere, is it okay to purchase
at least those items that were made in the USA? This is as opposed to not buying any of their
products since some are made outside of the country. Like most of the thoughts rattling
around in my dome, not all that important, just curious.
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The author of Posts #32 and #34 (dd) may want to take note of this, though I've seen a Craftsman Philips bite the dust sooner than expected. But . . . Sears will replace it free, as far as I know.
Any Remington product. This past year I gave my youngest son, my old Remington 870 AP 12, that I bought in 1954. The gun still works great for him. Since I don't duck hunt anymore, I gave my oldest son, my Remington 1100 3in mag 12 semi Auto. I bought this gun in 1972 to be able to hit the high flying ducks and geese in California. My 870 AP could not reach high enough for clean kills! This 1100 had close to 30 muddy/raining/sleeting and ? hunting seasons! It could reach up and smack down a Canadian Goose at 50 plus yards and mallards/pin tails at 60 plus yards. It never misfired nor rusted! I have a Remington semi auto 30-06, which has never had a problem even during blinding rain storms or snow storms with temps below zero! My oldest son will get that one too as it is a left handed gun! Again basically only Remington does this. This gun was a gift from some Utah friends in 1972!
My oldest son has two Remington bolt action rifles that he bought after graduation from college in 1990. One a varmit rifle was in the back of his construction truck for years. The other a 7 mm went out during deer season. Both guns are equipped with fine scopes and have never had to be even fine tuned. The varmit rifle is sighted in at 200 yards and is effective up to 400. The 7mm is sighted in at 100 and effective up to 400 yards. Every deer shot has been dropped in their tracks. My son like me is left eyed and right handed. The bolts and the semi auto 1100 are left handed models for us throwbacks!
Napa Valley wines, Chardonay, Merlot, and Cabs, are among the best in the world, and at great prices today! Oregon Pinot Noirs are probably the best in the world!
Pendleton Wool shirts, blankets and jackets last forever if you use cedar to chase away the moth!
Gore Tex products for those of us who hunt and fish and just go outdoors keeps us warm and dry regardless of the weather!
Good American beef, pork and chicken are the best in the world re quality and prices!
Vegies and fruit from the California Valley and the Salinas/Monterey to Santa Barbara area has no peers!
Rice raised in the No. California valley area is so good that many Asian countries import it as their #1 rice.
King Salmon caught from Monterey Bay to the Alaska waters is one of the greatest and healthiest fish in the world to eat! Smoked sockeye salmon from the NW and Alaska is world class. Salmon caught in the Copper River in Alaska in the summer time is the best in the world!
American micro brew beers from the East Coast to the West Coast are tremendous beers and match or exceed the beers from the rest of the world.
Only bourbon made in America should be called bourbon!
The best cotton clothes still come from American companies!
Sage fly fishing rods are truly world class and backed by a world class company. I would never use any fly fishing reel except ones made in American by Americans. The fly lines made by Jim Vincent are designed for American fly fishing by Jim and others who spend every free moment fly fishing!
Simms's Gore Tex waders, their Gore Tex fishing/wading jackets, stay dry underwear and windstopper vests, gloves and jacket products keep you warm, dry and comfortable from the hottest days in the Summer to the coldest winter days! Again made in America for most Simms products!
For outdoor clothes, the Columbia line is hard to beat. You do have to read the labels to avoid ChiCom products!
If you want a good mountain bike, stick with one of the major American makers. Yep the gears are imported but most of the rest is American made!
These are just a few of the great American Products and products harvested by Americans like the salmon!
At bottom, IMO, quality is the first issue when making a purchase. In your case, if the foreign knives are definitely of a higher quality than the USA knives, buy them, and teach some sorry, lazy USA asses a lesson! If there is no apparent difference, then stick with the USA version out of loyalty to your own country.
A more difficult issue arises when certain components are of foreign origin, but assembled in the USA. But look at the batch of posts above and use them as a guide. I like what I am seeing. Freepers know what/where the really good stuff is.
Truly a post rich in recommendations. Thanks.
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Formerly a NYS Licensed Funeral Director.
Plying the trade is "ELGIN" Caskets.
Ironically, ELGIN PERMASEAL-----------------IS owned by "Sealy Mattress!"
The reason I don't maintain my license is due to a new NYS health law, that law requires 20 hours of trainng to the benefits of latex gloves. The fee is $50.00.
$50.00 is no problem, sending it to the fat-ankle-slob called Hillary Rodham is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This kind of criticism is not at all lost on me. All the more reason for us to take a moment and search out the things that are not junk. More and more one must search for the best. Perhaps a good guitar brand will evolve. Otherwise, if it's guitars, you might want to try Ebay for an old Fender.
those were the days before CPSC!
Horizontal model of production Yugo class!
Man, ain't that the truth. But what the hel* is "CPSC"?