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    This is a holiday weekend with no end of American flags waving reminds me to be patriotic. Seeing some of the posts in the closed boycot thread made me think of a great store I bought a can opener from a while back. My old swing a way canopener was wearing out so I wanted a replacement and come to find out that swing a way moved offshore It seems the employees were not in love with the idea of not making can openers any more so they purchased the tooling and re named the swing a way to EZ does it and they are might right here in the good ol USA. I of course purchased one and it was wonderful to use. I have broken or thrown away plenty of cheap can openers. It was really nice to have a good solid tool like the one I grew up with. Anyway a chef friend of mine was over BBQing so I told him about the new can opener, he said WTF are you talking about it is a can opener But then a can needed to be opened so I handed it and the can opener to him, he then understood what it was like to use a proper can opener and was really impressed with it.
    The store I got if from is a store that prides itself on selling USA made products. I know there are old threads along the same line as this but are there other stores out there doing this? I have an American Giant sweatshirt (made in USA) and it is really thick and very well made. I think they source everything made in USA for the flannel shirts, from the wool on up.
    Link to sierra trading post:
    FREE SWING-A-WAY CAN OPENER REBUILD
    and since I mentioned the sweatshirt:
    We Choose Evolve | American Giant
    Please post other stores that sell only or mostly made is USA products, or industries that bringing work/products back "onshore". In other words stores or products to be proud of.

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    in Shanghai China there are massive tool stores where they had a glass case display of Starrett tools. if you wanted to see they unlocked it and let you touch.
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    sort of like jewelry store of expensive stuff you ask and they take it out of the case for you to touch it.
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    of course the Chinese brands next to it were not locked up. sometime Mitutoyo and other brands like German brands were locked up too. basically you could walk into store and buy stuff from all over the world. they got hardware stores like that too full of German stuff. basically high end stuff for homes for people with money. often stuff 10x more expensive that local made stuff
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    not much different than HF store where some of the expensive stuff is in a locked glass display case and you have to ask to see and touch

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    How about the tools I make?
    Listed on Ebay:
    FISHER MICRO EDGE FINDER 1/2 or 3/8 SHANK MADE IN THE USA (#A or #B or #BB) | eBay

    For more tools click on "see other items"

    Edge finders, thread wires, sine bars

    Lost

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    Had anybody seen this only made in america - Google Search

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    Here's a company that specializes in "made in USA" products: Made in America Co. | Made in USA Marketplace | American Made Made in America

    I've bought from them and been happy with what I got.

    I've also bought a assortment of Lost in LA's edge finders, as well as his sine bar, mag V blocks, and thread wire set - all good stuff!

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    Wal Mart....Learn to read labels....

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    Didn’t we have this thread six months ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost in LA View Post
    How about the tools I make?
    Listed on Ebay:
    FISHER MICRO EDGE FINDER 1/2 or 3/8 SHANK MADE IN THE USA (#A or #B or #BB) | eBay

    For more tools click on "see other items"

    Edge finders, thread wires, sine bars

    Lost
    This is really good quality stuff for a extremely reasonable price.

    Everything I've bought from you has been absolutely perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    Wal Mart....Learn to read labels....

    Houston, we have a problem, ……….you assumed they can read.

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    Harry J Epstein hardware store.

    HJE Home American Made Hand Tools

    They are great for hand and mechanic’s tools. They are my number one place to buy SK Tools

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    My favorite places would be yard sales, flea markets and scrap yards, and if you are into it, I guess the brothels in Nv

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    When I buy just about anything and have several choices I look at the "quality" and the price. If one is cheaper than the other and looks comparable re "quality" then I'll go for the least expensive one. If both (or more) look to be the same "quality" and price then of course I'd choose the one made in my own country. Why would I even want to buy "foreign" when I can buy "home made"?

    I don't think I've ever bought anything solely because it was made here. Still, who am I to tell others how to spend their money?

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    ZS instruments proudly manufactures Digital Readouts, Glass Scales, and Rotary Encoders in the USA. Headquarters and manufacturing plant are in Lafayette, Indiana Home Page - Digital Readouts, DRO kits & Replacement Glass Scales

    All advanced DRO features come standard with the basic LCD model. Touch probe support, data output, programmable foot pedal input – all included.
    Replacement scales and adapters for 3rd party DROs are also available.

    Top quality and high reliability at an affordable price.

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    I'll just preemptively state that #13 is Not spam, as it's on topic and not just to hawk his wares.

    I'll check out your site, I didn't even know it was possible to make such things in the US at a competitive price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dualkit View Post
    That looks like a good site with a very wide variety of day to day items.

    The DRO's look good also, I will look closely at them when I get one for my mill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackrainstorm View Post
    Harry J Epstein hardware store.

    HJE Home American Made Hand Tools

    They are great for hand and mechanic’s tools. They are my number one place to buy SK Tools
    These guys have a great selection of ironworkers tools as well as a lot of other good tools, I buy from them when I can. I think the last thing I got from them was some wire wheels for the grinder, and some gloves.

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    Honestly I think this would be a nice 'sticky'

    I am at the stage in life and business where price is not always the number one factor

    Sometimes it is, but usually on things I don't need I say'I aint paying that much fer that'


    A list of good sources is never a bad thing, even if I may frequently disagree with the 'why' of the promoters of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost in LA View Post
    How about the tools I make?
    Listed on Ebay:
    FISHER MICRO EDGE FINDER 1/2 or 3/8 SHANK MADE IN THE USA (#A or #B or #BB) | eBay

    For more tools click on "see other items"

    Edge finders, thread wires, sine bars

    Lost
    very nice

    seller is saved

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    Just a thought on the "made in USA" trend: IMO it's not all about quality. We American's are proud of ourselves, sure, but I think just the notion of supporting your own is a point few tend to consider. Too many people assume "made in USA" is or should-be tantamount to "highest quality", but IMO that's a whole separate discussion.

    I like to buy american made stuff because I like the thought of my own countrymen building stuff, however high or low the level of quality is. Even when it's a 70+ year old tool, I'd rather buy it knowing some fellow American's grandpa put it together to pay the bills, rather than someone in another country. I'm not against other countries building stuff at all. I hope they have a similar bond with their own, but IMO too much of globalization is based on having things made ANYWHERE and not caring who is doing it, so long as it meets the consumer's needs.


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