I am willing to pay a premium for US made goods. Two reasons: 1. Quality, something that will last more than months and I am assured does not have cadmium,lead or other heavy metals. I would pay $ 80 for a blender that I know will last 5 years instead of $ 20 for a blender that burns it motor out in one year ( I actually had a motor burn out within four mixes; probably the cheapest of imports) 2. American workers pay taxes and we all know Uncle Sam needs the income. Just think if we could increase the tax base and cut spending!!! Perhaps I am dreaming but it is a nice dream. Regarding wages: We Americans must be careful and not again become too greedy. Have we learned our lesson, I doubt it. But if you want to get ahead, do not rely on unions to get you outrageous wages/benefits for simple work but improve your education to gain higher paying employement, work more jobs, or just be happy with life and having a job. The wages and benefits of 1970s unionized industries are gone for good. Nothing we can do about until people in China/third world also want 3K sq. ft. homes, three cars, a boat, etc....
Hi Ariella--I'm funny that way, wanting a warranty and all. I guess Eminem's word should be good enough, though... :-)
Today we received more confirmation that costs in China are increasing and component makers are beginning to raise prices. So, assuming costs are coming more in line, other factors, such as weak/strong currency, are still competitive factors. But let's say the playing field evens out a bit and offshore costs are not so advantageous. What are the pros/cons of manufacturing the Americas vs/ offshore? I think it's a good start for a dialog. Off the top of my head, taxes and politics are two things to consider...
You mean it's not enough that Eminem gave the whole pitch for American cars in a top-ranked Super Bowl ad? You want a warranty, too? From what I understand, though, even American cars can have components manufactured abroad; it is not 100% American.
Isn't the weak dollar a factor, as well? That would make imported goods more expensive even without the increased transportation costs.
Transportation costs are definitely one reason cited for the onshoring trend. I also think managing a supply chain to and from the Far East is more complex than a lot of companies expected. As these are mostly small to midsize compnaies I expect they found it more expensive than they thought as well.
I'd be willing to pay a premium for certain goods--most of the big-ticket items I buy today qualify. And, since I've been spending a lot of time at the dentist lately, I note the brands of the medical and dental equipment used--again, big bucks. But this stuff is a long-term investment and we aren't talking pennies on the dollar.
I have to admit I gave US-made cars a shot before buying Japanese. Unfortunately, my experience with American cars has been very negative and the investment is too high to deal with the kind of problems I had with my cars. But I'd be willing to give it a shot again with the right warranty.
It seems like there has been a growing sentiment from consumers that want to purchase products made in America. Here's a question: Would you be willing to pay a premium for a product that is made domestically as a consumer? How about as a purchasing agetnt for a company?
Onshoring will be a major bloster for US economy. Big companies like GE, Ford and Caterpillar are joining this onshoring trend in which some operations would come back to the country, resulting in the creation of new jobs. A weak dollar, complex logistics and quality issues are pushing companies to bring back the work they offshored.Onshoring improves the quality of customer service which makes customers happy.
We have seen major change of numbers in last quater and before that too, I hope this quater results will increse more employement rate in US.If this onshoring trend continues it will not take longer to see Made in America label.
The reversal of the oursourcing trends for the North America could be the result of the continued inflation in the developing nations. This has resulted in a steady increase in the cost of living in the developing nations. This must have reflected in the cost of outsourcing also rising and rising. Against this the dollar has remained steady over many years now. When I compare the Dollar and the Indian Rupee, the exchange rate for dollar to rupee has hardly changed over the last 7-8 years whereas the cost of living in India has almost doubled over these years. So this chnaged economic scenario may be working in favor of taking the manufacturing activities back to US for the US based companies
Barbara, it’s happy to read that companies are moving back to America. As pointed by anandvy, it can be of many reasons like transportation cost, rising crude oil price, instability in other countries like Egypt, Middle East etc. I think the new economic policy of Obama government may also motivated companies to shift the production line to US. More over the new outsourcing policy also makes them to think twice, before expanding their territory outside the main land.
Any way it’s good for US and techies. Hope more and more employment opportunities may create, which intern enhanced our economic growth also. But at the same time, just keep and watching how this companies are going to addressing the problems while moving their base-line.
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