Originally Posted by Liquid$team
In other words.....
"I send a BOATLOAD of money to China while shopping at Walmart while simultaneously crushing small business owners and I am mad about tariffs on goods from China"
lol thats great!
I understand your sentiment - it's well worth supporting small businesses and committed small internet suppliers. It's a real problem that small businesses don't have the power that large do.
But the Walmart and its kind crushing small suppliers is one struggle, products coming from China is another.
Most likely (unless we have Walmart branded AVRs) both are trying to sell products that are largely made in China, and will be dealing with tariffs. I managed products from the 80's, and the large providers of almost every product from tractors, security systems, airplanes, etc. that I was involved with incrementally included foreign components.
In the beginning, it was central america (chips made in El Salvador, Honduras, etc.). Then Korea, Taiwan... Then the Philippines and eventually China and Vietnam. It wasn't only small chips, all sorts of other products were moved off the US by companies who saw a financial advantage from paying people a lot less to do the same thing.
At one point I designed manufacturing planning software that kept track where all of the parts came from for a product and I saw (this was in 1985) that a company that presented itself as an all american tractor company had tractors mostly (70 per cent) made of Chinese components. They were assembled in the US, so american.
So again - while I understand your concern, and it is valid, I do think it's two separate problems.