Agreed. I go out of my way to avoid buying anything from China. I much prefer made in USA or Europe.
It's just a matter of time before everything is made in China. Bottom line: How to maximize profit. I remember many years ago, some components on the submarine, "Thresher" were made in Taiwan. After the Thresher went down, we stopped importing materials for submarine construction. 40+ years later, I don't know if that policy is still in effect. I suspect some components of military vehicles like Ford and GM trucks come from off shore, maybe even China. It is very hard to track the origin of any product today. When the label reads; "assembled in the U.S. using foreign materials", we don't know what foreign country is used and even if we knew, that country could be sourcing their material from another country (China). Except for maybe agricultural products, China has a presence in everything we buy.I just hate to see some poor saps getting suckered into buying a "name brand" item, and getting a rebranded knock-off.
I mean, I d be mad as Hell if someone tried to sell me a Bulova watch made by Timex, at a Bulova price for example, or a Mercedes made by Volkswagen…..
Was this about the same time they switched from wood handles to the god awful plastic? I have a modest collection of Jorgenson Cabinetmasters with wood handles that I absolutely love. Every time I use them I wish I had bought out the entire stock when the wood handles went away. I occasionally look for them used, but have never caught sight of a single one. Sadness…Jorgenson sold the business a few years ago, it was apparently bought by a Chinese Company.
Well, as therealSteveN said "the American dream of made in the USA and well paid workers doesn't reconcile with the American dream of I want it cheap, and plentiful."^But…for how much…..would be the next question asked.