Originally Posted by aquaphile
why let country of origin affect any purchase for anything? shouldn't you judge/choose/purchase a product based on your needs and the products ability? not where it came from? aren't you just blindly limiting your options otherwise?
Blind patriotism my friend... The idea that if it's made here, the jobs and money will stay here as well. The same people usually have no concept regarding how global biz works or stuck in the past where the money does stay in the country.
Once you have investments in multiple countries and learn how to make the most out of them given the different regulations, stuff like where something was made is irrelevant. Like I said, for all I know the stuff we ate and wear were made by illegal aliens anyway so the jobs aren't exactly going to the right people. Heck even factories overseas use illegal workers cuz they're cheaper than their third world tax paying citizens! I'm happy with my chinese made iPad and Armani Jeans. Fits my purpose and needs and I bet the quality is as good if it's made in US or Italy since they'll be assembled by asian or mexican workers anyway. This is in regard to mass production factories anyway.
Having said that, I respect small companies that produce everything in-house using mostly parts made locally. But those are boutique brands with products that can be considered arts and have nothing to do with real performance.