Now, there are times when cheap items are what you DO want:
- Seasonal Dollar Tree stuff
- Trinkets for Mardi Gras
- Coffee filters, toilet paper, paper for school notes
But people in the USA are used to paying more for most of our consumables. We don’t blink at the cost of a good cappuchino, an excellent bourbon, or a truly awesome piece of steak.
The place where it is going to hurt is electronics. We need to get used to paying more for our technology. A LOT more.
Not the inexpensive netbooks or tablets. Not starter phones But the smartphones, good business and home networking computers, and vital infrastructure in our homes, businesses, and industries.
There, we need reliable products, and ones that are NOT open to intrusion by hackers or failure by poor quality.
I’ve been guilty in the past. I’ve not bought American, because in the items I need – basic electronic components, ham radios, and replacement parts – THERE IS NO AMERICAN-FROM-THE-BOTTOM-UP ALTERNATIVE.
MOST American manufacturers us at least some foreign-made components. And, even South Korean, Indian, and other Asian companies use some Chinese products.
“For Want of a Nail” Lyrics
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Pity parents so seldom know, and teach their children, those foundational truths.