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Old 07-31-2020, 07:20 PM   #1
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Checking BP, Cabelas, Academy, WM tonight looking for a ground blind chair and a high-back boat seat and it is amazing how much is out of stock--sourced from China.

Ammo--even worse and when you find it the price is out of sight.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:27 PM   #2
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Yes sir everything is sourced from China and we can’t make anything cheaply like they can.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:32 PM   #3
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That’s going to change
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:32 PM   #4
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thats sweatshop communism for ya...
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:32 PM   #5
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Yes sir everything is sourced from China and we can’t make anything cheaply like they can.
No but Mexico can!!
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:32 PM   #6
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I use the black plastic confrontable folding chair from SAMs. Lightweight and quiet. $19.99.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:58 PM   #7
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That’s going to change
Hope so but doubt it. Once the supply fears subside most people will still want ‘cheapest’ price.
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:10 PM   #8
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I think Amazon has it all..'Cept ammo..My buddy in Iowa has all that

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Old 07-31-2020, 08:25 PM   #9
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Went to academy today and the isles were bare except the clothing, plenty of that.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:46 AM   #10
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It's time to MAGA and not just sell hats

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Old 08-01-2020, 05:57 AM   #11
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Hope so but doubt it. Once the supply fears subside most people will still want ‘cheapest’ price.

^^^This is right.^^^

America cannot compete with Chinese labor costs.

There used to be a time when spending the extra for an American made product meant buying better quality and longevity. With precious few exceptions, that is no longer the case.

American manufacturing will, for the most part, continue to decline in the global economy. The cost of labor and regulatory compliance in thos country is far to high to remain competitive on a global scale.


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Old 08-01-2020, 06:06 AM   #12
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^^^This is right.^^^

America cannot compete with Chinese labor costs.

There used to be a time when spending the extra for an American made product meant buying better quality and longevity. With precious few exceptions, that is no longer the case.

American manufacturing will, for the most part, continue to decline in the global economy. The cost of labor and regulatory compliance in thos country is far to high to remain competitive on a global scale.


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Admittedly, I tried three HF stores trying to get cheap welding wire before I went to Lowe’s and bought a roll of US made a Lincoln SuperArc (for twice as much)


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Old 08-01-2020, 06:17 AM   #13
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When I was a kid Made in Japan meant junk. Now Japanese items are quality compared to China. I know it is hard, but when you buy American you put Americans to work. Now, if the USA companies can stop playing the game of making 75% of a product overseas and calling it American made it would help with making a more responsible purchase. Supporting what supports you.. Vehicles are very detailed as to origination and completion. I wish everything was as labeled as vehicles are for origin.
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:27 AM   #14
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Optics are in very short supply right now. It's not looking good for hunting season if you are in the market for a scope.

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Old 08-01-2020, 09:59 AM   #15
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Cheap labor mens higher prophets for the owners and shareholders. People complain about poor quality and supply, and also complain about poor stock prophets and poor economic growth. Business owners who manufacture overseas make better money, and it is hard to come back once that tap has started to flow.
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:51 PM   #16
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Cheap labor mens higher prophets for the owners and shareholders. People complain about poor quality and supply, and also complain about poor stock prophets and poor economic growth. Business owners who manufacture overseas make better money, and it is hard to come back once that tap has started to flow.
Well there are 2 more ripples that further complicate. 1) it is expensive to transfer or recreate the technology in other markets. For example LED lighting technology that is used from your phone to your home lighting is all Chinese made. But it would be extremely expensive to recreate that in say Mexico. 2) let’s say you do swallow that nut and pay for the same tech in mexico, you will then have to compete with your old Chinese factory selling direct to your customers.

Actually there is a 3rd. US domestic production and manufacturing can never be expansive because our EPA laws are too stringent. The requirements to reclaim pollution in the US in some instances doubles manufacturing costs.
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:58 PM   #17
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Depends on what I need. My "stuff" usually comes from my kitchen. But sometimes from my garden or the grocery store. Just depends on if it's a back-strap, chicken, turkey, jalapenos, or ....
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:14 PM   #18
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Saw that Kodak is going to start making Pharmaceuticals ingredients for generic drug. That's a good start. They got a $765 million loan under the Defense Production.
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:40 PM   #19
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I fear we have gone too far in the direction Playa explained so well in post #16. Our kids and their kids will never know the America that us over 60 guys grew up in, and it’s a ****ed shame.
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:00 PM   #20
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Cheap labor mens higher prophets for the owners and shareholders. People complain about poor quality and supply, and also complain about poor stock prophets and poor economic growth. Business owners who manufacture overseas make better money, and it is hard to come back once that tap has started to flow.

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