Originally Posted by RMK!
***My M/O is to buy American product whenever possible and I don't mind paying more for the privilege. I'm not a strict isolationist but I see value in supporting American made/assembled goods. If we don't reinvigorate the middle class, our economy and the lifestyle of the majority of people in America will continue to deteriorate.
The problem with that mindset is that you're helping condemn your national industries to second-rate status on the global market, which means that the "middle class" can only exist by government fiat. (The global market supports high wages for high value added. Only government policies can support high wages for low value added.)
Just look at cars. While one can debate current models, there's no reasonable debate that Big Three cars from, say, 1980 until the Dubya economic crash of 2008-9 were inferior to Japanese and (non-Communist) European competition. (To me, the US auto industry is a black hole of suckitude from the end of Cord 810 production to the start of Tesla Model S production, but that is neither here nor there.) Yet in the US domestic market they still had large market share. Customers were actively purchasing inferior products, often out of a misguided "Buy American" mindset. This behavior, aggregated, removed incentive from the Big Three to design and make competitive automobiles.
Originally Posted by bear123
***I also think it is rather silly to spend $10k on a speaker.....the best quality speaker components on the planet just don't cost that much. Sounds like a $1500 speaker marked up to $10,000 for people with more money than sense. I think there are may high priced products for which the cost is justified...hand crafted custom finishes etc etc. But assembly line produced made in china cabinets.....what a scam.
That depends on your opinion of the value of human creativity. Certainly there is value in the design process, no? Not to mention supply and demand, which is what actually sets pricing in a free market.
Also, there's some racism in your post worth exploring. Why can't "hand crafted custom cabinets" be made in China? Look at Aerial's cabinetry as an example. They're quite nice. Why do you assume they come off an "assembly line?" (Though by the same token, Bentleys come off an assembly line too....)