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  •  Hard to support this argument (4+ / 0-)
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    annieli, Philpm, SherwoodB, schumann

    American made instruments include a built-in cost for American staff making them at a decent wage. If you want an American shop to produce an Epiphone style product, you're going to need to produce the product with the same kind of cheap materials and assembly line production that makes them mediocre at best to play. Is it really worth it to try, competing with sweatshop manufactured crap?

    I mean, we all want better, cheaper, locally made products. But those elements often are at odds with each other. The best solution is to support efforts for trade arguments to demand better working conditions from production sites outside of the solution than demand an American company engage in a futile production war they are not going to win in a Wal-Mart dominated market.  

    •  I want... (4+ / 0-)

      ...wages to rise up so that American made products are affordable. I don't necessarily want cheaper. This is where American industry has slashed its own throat. Ship jobs overseas so that they can get cheaper labor. But then no one can afford the products that they once produced.

      "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

      by Mark E Andersen on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:39:06 PM PDT

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      •  This was the true genius of Henry Ford (6+ / 0-)

        Pay your workers enough to afford what they are making.  

      •  Again... (4+ / 0-)
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        Philpm, SherwoodB, jabney, KenBee

        The argument is at cross purposes. American guitars are more expensive because, in part, they're constructed individually by people who are making the kind of money to justify the cost. So their cost, which you're balking at, is pretty fairly represented. Musical instruments have never been particularly cheap save for cheap sounding instruments. America doesn't make cheap instruments any longer because there's no profit margin in it.

        Again, so it comes down to leveling the playing field, as opposed to advocating for one in the absence of the other. So long as dumping cheaply made materials into the American market is allowed, American made products will focus on the markets they can make a profit in, and wages will continue to stagnate.

    •  Not just the manufacturers being underpaid (2+ / 0-)
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      Philpm, SherwoodB

      The workers at the big box stores selling the guitars are probably also getting minimum wage -- and have the expected amount of expertise about the instruments they are selling.

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