Loc: América del Norte
Originally Posted By: VarmintBlubber
Don't worry... we'll get back to making stuff that lasts... or the next generation will, anyway. We'll be forced to become practical again. The disposable, consumerist mindset will quite suddenly be terribly passé, even obscene.
Meantime, China's all too happy to sell us what we longer wish to make with our own blood, sweat and tears. They're building their economy up. We're tearing ours down. So it goes.
I hope so, right now we are selling raw materials to China to get cheap goods that end up in our landfill. One day we'll be out of cash and land to fill.
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Not addressed to you, Hagen, but I'm lazy so am doing the Quick Reply.
This whole thread reminds me of what I remember my parents saying about Japanese goods back in the 50s and 60s--lousy, cheap stuff that didn't last longer than it took to get the thing home lord they don't make things the way they used to when I was a kid why I remember my daddy owned a [fill in the blank for you favorite thing] for forty years and it ran as well when we bought a new one as it did when we first got it and that new one is a piece of shinola they used to use real metal and now its all plastic junk that looks feels and acts like a cheap piece of crap oh lord what is the world coming to!
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The thing is... the Japanese did make cheap junk back in the 50's and 60's and even the 70's. I've got a really good memory of what the stuff was like back then. Eventually they got it right.
The first cars to hit our market weren't the greatest. They fell apart in no time. Both Nissan and Toyota were junkmobiles. But they were cheap. They learned that cheap and quality don't fit into the same sentence. The prices gradually rose as did the quality. A Japanese car today costs as much or more than anything built in North America.
Loc: Hampstead, MD, USA
The first cars to hit our market weren't the greatest. They fell apart in no time. Both Nissan and Toyota were junkmobiles.
I think you can blame that more on the salty trip over the pacific ocean than anything else. My first girlfriend drove an old corolla that turned into a heaping rust bucket, but mechanically nothing ever went wrong with the car other than standard wear items like brake rotors. She literally drove it until the wheels rusted off.
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