11-10-2003, 06:01 AM
I have noticed that all the major US manufactures are lower their prices and offering quality equipment . This is a good thing . Now if they would only lower the price of the fly lines that you put frosting on the cake. Support the US companies. FishHawk:D
When you say support US companies, I assume you are talking directly to US members. This is truly a worldwide forum, and we live in an international trade world. Ford trucks, the largest selling, are built in Canada. Honda is built in Ohio, Toyota in Pennsylvania if I am not mistaken.
I'd venture to say that I think the majority of flyfishing companies are HQ in the US. In any case, would should people from other countries support their local flyfishing manufacturers as well, or should they buy American? :devil:
Don't get me wrong, as a US citizen I am all for a strong domestic economy believe me. But there are always two ways to win a trade war: (1) build a better product and (2) run a business effectively. In the end, it's a guy in a big house waving the stars and stripes that is driving the capitalistic endeavors that undermine the economy and compromise the environment.
Before the recent recovery, Detroit lost more to poor management practices than the trade deficit. Good news, companies like Ford have rebounded to have a huge export vehicle (Escort) and the best-selling truck (F series).
Raw logs were exported overseas from the pacific northwest and local mills went under. Finished goods are processed on factory ships and re-imported to the US at sea. Who is allowing these raw logs to be sold? The shareholders of large timber conglomerates with big houses are screwing their neighbors.
Capitalism is it's own worst enemy, but it's the best alternative for a free people. But each day, the world moves closer to a true global economy. IMHO it's not provincialism that will win the game, it's playing the game better than everyone else in a global field that will make us #1.
11-10-2003, 01:02 PM
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...it's probably a duck.
Just because something has a Cortland or SA label does not mean it was made in Estados Unidos!
A friend (a Rennaissance kinda' guy) just returned from a business trip to the Far East...he said there is an ever expanding presence of "American" companies out sourcing lines, flys, and whatever they can to make for a cost effective product...
He mentioned Chinese companies that will relocate to another area where they can pay .20/hr vs .50/hr. (or was that per day?)
Capitalism at it's finest!?:confused:
Whatever...Support your local shop!
11-11-2003, 09:10 AM
Perhaps I should have said that its good to see prices falling due to supply and demand. I agree with the Penguine support you local shop. Its the little guy that going to get hurt.
11-11-2003, 04:03 PM
Fishhawk, when you say, " All the major US manufacturers are lowering their prices," who are you referring to? Every 2004 catalog I have seen seems to include the annual 10-15% price increase.
11-11-2003, 07:45 PM
How does one know whats made in the USA? Do you have a list