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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:44 PM
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QUICK! Look around you where you're sitting right now and tell us what you see thats made in the USA
I'll bet this is a damned short list of stuff.

Go ahead. Right there, while you're reading DU on your computer. What do you see, let's say in .... I dunno ..... twice your arm's length ..... that is actually made in the USA. Post the list in ths thread.

For me, in my office, there is a box of Oatmeal Squares cereal that I snack on. A box of Triscuits that I also snack on. There's a can of Peach Fresca. There are four antique wrist watches, none made later than the very early 50s. There's a bottle of Scope mouthwash. I have an antique Remmington typewriter (probably from the 20s or 30s). A stained glass lamp my Dad made for me. A cup full of old fountain pens, mostly from the 20s and 30s, with a few from the earely 40s. My college diplomas. More antiques.

New stuff made in the USA? Hahahahaha. Just the aformentioned food.

That's really sad.
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:46 PM
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1. My television!
Made up the road in Tennessee!!

My car (which is right next to me - I have a basement office and the other half of the basement is the garage)... well, some of it was made in the USA - the rest was made in Mexico.

My dogs... I think they were made here. LOL!

My neighbor's tractor that keeps driving by... not sure about that, but it's old and probably was.

Where are Laz-i-boys made?

But, yeah, that's about it.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:46 PM
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2. My Rolodex and the little mini French flag on my desk....
And are iMacs actually made in California?
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:46 PM
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3. umm -- my kid?
He counts, right? :evilgrin:
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:00 PM
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13. I've got two of my own, but I don't know how they're accounted for in the GDP
although they can be a source of deficit spending from one quarter to the next. :evilgrin:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:04 PM
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41. W-2 forms.
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:50 PM
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4. DVDs
Well, one DVD for sure. The others don't say....
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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:51 PM
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5. how about my computer?
an old fixed up IBM Aptiva made in 1999.



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Kelly Rupert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:05 PM
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18. How about the components?
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kowanda32 Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:54 PM
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6. My Pottery
N/T
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:54 PM
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7. The computer and printers might be
I have no reason to think they were born abroad.

My desk and chairs were probably made in the U.S.

The building was, for sure. At least they can't outsource that.

What about pens? Do we make them here? What about the land line telephone?
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:54 PM
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8. My shoes, my earrings, That's all I can be sure of.
Sad, huh?
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:54 PM
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9. I found something!
An old, metal ruler made by The Bates Mfg. Co., Hackettstown, N.J. We've had some of this stuff for decades - I wonder if the Bates Co. is still in business. Wow - found something else! A Rolodex paper punch.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:55 PM
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10. My operating system, my application software, my computer (though some
of its components are from outside the USA), and internet router, a network switch, several books, some Sharpie markers, a screwdriver, a pair of scissors, my desk, my ArtSpecialty lamps, some other stuff.
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:55 PM
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11. My beer and my guitars
Alot of my stuff, except for the tech stuff, is old handed down from my folks. My dad was a selective racist. He bombed Germany, but owned a VW and a Mercedes. But a Toyota? Never! Anything made in the Orient was verboten.
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 05:59 PM
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12. The television shows and Movies I watch
Almost all the food in my kitchen. And the fart I just laid.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:03 PM
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14. Lots of printed materials, including books.
Probably even U.S. trees killed.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:04 PM
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15. Computers .... lets talk about that ......
My tower computers were all built for us by Sam, the guy down at Computer Village, a local (very) small business. It was Sam who assembled them, checked them out, installed the OS, and keeps them humming.

But every single component in the newer ones is made in Asia. Every. Single. Component.

So .... is this 'Made in the USA" ..... or not?

I tend to classify it as 'not'.

Printers ...... all made in Asia ..... look 'em over closely. Find the label. Asia. I'd bet on it.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:10 PM
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45. Speaking from an international economics standpoint, the compy is a US product
The components are imports, so they go on the foreign side of the ledger. But, if you were to sell the computer to someone outside the US, then the whole value of the assembled computer would go on the US side of the ledger. So, in its current form, the computer is a US product if it was assembled in the US.
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blues90 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:04 PM
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16.  A few very old things
And old fender guitar amp , a few guitars I built and few few items from the 60's , but not one dman new item here of the few items I have say ANYTHING but china on the lable . Oh yeah , an old rotory phone from the 40's .
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:04 PM
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17. Well, I'm in our law library. So . . .
The desk (old, wooden, unlikely to be an import), the bookshelves, and most of the books. My laptop was assembled here, but I have no idea where the parts came from.
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nevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:07 PM
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19. On top of my desk
I have an early 1900's duck decoy from the Illinois River Valley. I also have a 16 year old Maine Coon cat(named Pele) at my feet but that is about it.
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Ferret Annica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:08 PM
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20. I'm posting using the wifi at the library of the university
I graduated from. The second floor I am on is named for a Japanese corporation. All the other floors have similar names, and the Library is named after the CEO of a major multinational corporation.

That's as far as I want to look around me for U.S. products. That alone is disgusting.

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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:09 PM
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21. well, let's see
a can of Carpet Fresh No Vacuum Foam carpet refresher (Super pet Scent)
True Blue Spa "Lay it on thick" shea butter body cream
a box of Cheez-its (for snacking and yes, I share them with the dog too)
a container of Fray Check (to stop my fabrics from fraying)
a bag of Merrick "Grandpaws" (for doggie snacking)
a small bottle of Welch's Grape Juice (to wash down the afore mentioned snacks)
Panasonic D cell batteries
A bag of Smarties candy (snacking appears to be a theme here doesn't it?)
Office Depot half inch binder
A Staples date planner calendar
a can of Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer (used when I print my own bumper stickers to seal the ink)
a container of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock (SPF 55)
an Eldon Pencil Holder
Craftsman screwdriver
a bag of 40% less fat Chex Mix (the dog and I share that)

That's just what I can reach without stretching much. Nothing really subtantial though, huh?
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gravity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:10 PM
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22. Jack Daniels
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:14 PM
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23. I am at work, maybe the water in the water cooler.
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:15 PM
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24. my Gold Cup Colt 45
and the hand made leather holster.

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Retired AF Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:51 PM
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29. Damn you beat me to it
Les Baer TRS
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Deb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:30 PM
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25. Ok, this should be fun
A handmade cherry desk from local lumber, a Bostitch stapler, Scotch tape dispenser, a 1970's 8 Ball, an '80s TV, a Mark-Tex marker, a Sanford highlighter, MS Windows book printed in the US, Meade notebook, clip board, Yellow book, homemade drapes and pillows, handmade light shade and '50s lamps, handmade mouldings, photographs, locally made hard maple flooring, homemade quilt, Ampad legal pads, Maxell cdrom cleaner cd, star stickers (like the kind kids get on school papers), Scotch magic tape refill, Burlington business card blanks, plastic desk organizer, Liquid Paper whiteout, Bic lighter and a Yankee Candle, a Diamond brand wooden clothespin.

Things I can't reach - a cat, an old Coleman cooler, antique library table, Pennsylvannia House furniture and three lithographs.

Most new stuff is crap. I remember my Grandmother saying that, well, she didn't use the word "crap". :-)
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mile18blister Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:33 PM
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26. My box of Crayola markers
has "Made in USA" on it. My 25yr old HP calculator. (Can you imagine anything lasting that long now)? Hopefully, the vitamins and supplements I'm taking. Other than that, not much. I looked at the bottom of my American Telephone & Telegraph branded telephone has "Made in China" stamped on the bottom. ;(
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dave502d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:37 PM
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27. Me.n/t
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:12 PM
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47. ah you beat me to it!
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:38 PM
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28. lol
1. a little tube of Vaseline Lip Therapy for protecting dry, chapped lips
2. a gallon jug of distilled water
3. my "At A Glance" appointment book

outside of books, an old vacuum cleaner, and some potted plants, i don't see much else
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iamahaingttta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:56 PM
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30. Tons of stuff in this room...
...were made in the USA.
Of course, we collect antiques, so that's 99% of it!
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 06:59 PM
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31. my desk, my chair, the two lamps
my box at my feet that holds my extra clothes, my bed which is right behind me, the painting in front of me, and more.

there's stuff not made in the usa -- certainly -- and i feel your point -- but i'm surrounded by a lot of really old stuff.
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brucefan Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 07:01 PM
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32. A Bic pen
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 07:03 PM
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33. My SONY Diskman was made in China?
Edited on Tue May-08-07 07:09 PM by RC
Japanese electronics are made in China?

My Sony camera was made in Canada.

I found a 8 pack of Energizer Lithium AA batteries made in the USA!
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 07:03 PM
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34. Microsoft Flight Simulator X. It reads "Made in USA" (WITH quotes)
Which suggests it wasn't.

No doubt some of the software I use is American made, if not partly American made.

I was made in America.

Dunno about the rest.

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MazeRat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 07:11 PM
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35. My room... well actually my house. Yup built right here in America.... -nt
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 07:43 PM
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36. Filing cabinet, some food,
books, a tape measure and metal ruler (Westcott, the ruler). A mess of books, a maraca, a yardstick, keys, hemostat, a saw.

Lots of non-American stuff. Desk is cheap Ikea. Lots of Russian and Polish books, a couple in French and Portuguese. Much of the stuff is hard to say--I'm sure my scanner's not made in USA, but I'm not going to check where it's from.

And I'm not going to open the closet I'm sitting in front of. One violin and my viola are US made (go Oregon!), but one violin is German (and pushing a 100 years). Lots of tonewood and wood for guitar backs/sides, plus tools and LPs.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 07:46 PM
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37. Me, my cats, my OLD furniture, some books, and not a whole lot else.
An old teddy bear, some assorted small objects, some art work, the cats' scratching post. The electronic stuff, obviously not.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 07:52 PM
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38. My car for one thing!
It was built in East Lansing, Michigan.

The next car that I will get will also be American made, hopefully.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:08 PM
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55. We Have a Ford Escape Hybrid
Hybrid SUV, SULEV, made in Kansas City, USA by union workers, best mileage of any SUV.
Actually delivers its EPA highway mileage on the highway.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-07 01:17 AM
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57. I looked at the Escape Hybrid
Just a bit out of my price range. I'm going with the Civic Hybrid, and I hear that Honda is opening up a new plant in Indiana where the Civic will be exclusively manufactured, starting with the '08 models.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:01 PM
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39. Several things (because I spend the extra $ to buy American)
My bed, matress and bed linens.
My rocking chair
My sitting chair
All lighting fixtures
All cabinetry and shelving
Many more things...
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MisterHowdy Donating Member (295 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:03 PM
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40. a bag of ruffles, sour cream & onion chips
Made in Canada

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......so good!
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:06 PM
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42. We Make Terrorist, Don't We???
In the 30's, Japan named a town USA...and started to export goods into the US with the tag "Made In USA".

The other day I was at an investment seminar...the banker dude was all bullish about the market; saying how it had hit an all-time high and how great American business was. Then someone in the audience polietly asked him how much of that run-up was due to American companies vs. Foreign...all of a sudden he began talking about the great benefits in investing in International currency. :rofl:
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:07 PM
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43. Sitting in my dorm room...
I can tell you that my bathtowel is made in the USA... actually I just checked this morning while I was washing. I also have several shirts that are "Made in the USA from imported fabric", which isn't the best but at least we've got people here putting it together. Other than that, it's hard to say off the top of my head. Probably some components of my laptop at least are made in the US. It's possible that it was assembled here. My phone is made in Canada, which isn't a surprise since I go to a Canadian school.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:08 PM
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44. Peach Fresca? Is that new? I love me some Fresca.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:45 PM
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51. Three flavors ......
Original (citrus flavor), Black Cherry, and Peach. We tend to skip the original and but like the other two.

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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:49 PM
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52. ok i am so looking for that tomorrow! BTW my furniture was made here
everthing else sadly was made in china.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:12 PM
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46. ME!
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:18 PM
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48. Coffee, Brazil. Coffee cup, China. Radio, Japan. Computer, Japan.
Having Curry tonight with the spices from India, with bamboo shoots from China, tomatoes from Mexico, beef from Canada.

Listening to music from Mali as I type.

Sad? No. I like it.
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electron_blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:27 PM
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49. Aquaphor, Hallmark card, bubble wrap envelope, levenger wallet, all new. More than I would have thou
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:41 PM
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50. More than I Thought, Actually
Some very small, very bright flashlights made by the flashlight fanatics on http://www.candlepowerforums.com

Also a couple of Inovas and Maglites (Are Maglites still made here? They used to say "Patented Made in USA". Now they just say "Patented in USA"
and the packaging says "A USA Company", and "Manufactured in USA" along with some weasel wording about content in very fine print).

My Weller solder station.

About a dozen Cree XR-E LEDs and some regulator boards for them.

Most of the furniture in this room, I think. It's too feepin heavy to ship halfway around the world.

A Kershaw knife, rainbow anodized.

My Power Mac G5 may predate the offshoring of Apple manufacturing to China.

The T-shirt I am wearing was made in the USA, and also tie-dyed here (by me).

A huge pile of junk mail :(

A huge bag of cashews :)

:smoke: :)


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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:51 PM
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53. A few children's books, a Nalgene bottle, a book of mine,
La-z-boy chair (dunno if they're still made here but this is an old chair and was made in Michigan)

There's other stuff here but I don't know where it was made and I'll assume elsewhere unless I know
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Ino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 08:58 PM
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54. a Hangeroos chairback organizer
That's all I know for sure! Made by a small company in Missouri. They're struggling. :(
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:19 PM
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56. The bookcases havocdad made
The drapes and bedspread I made.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-07 01:55 AM
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58. My Can Opener, My Drinking Glass, My Dinner...
my bottle of prescription pain killers, my cigarettes, my lighter, almost all the food in my pantry (my office in my kitchen), my toaster, my refrigerator, most of the clothes I'm wearing (my underwear was made in Turkey) and my jewelry (my diamond is Russian, but the mount is American designed and made). Most of the food I eat is not only US-grown, it's grown within a few miles of where I live. I do try to buy US made whenever possible unless the 'foreigness' of an item is part of its desireablity (such as certain teas, wines and ceramics) and if an American made product is not available and being Chinese is not a desireable quality, I try to buy stuff made elsewhere - like my Turkish underwear!

In some ways, I think having things available from around the world is incredibly cool. On the other hand, I there's a lot of things we can make here (and keep the jobs here). When it comes to things like can openers, I'll always buy the US made one - there's no reason one made elsewhere would be better, and I may be helping someone keep their job (I hope)!
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-07 04:55 PM
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59. My furniture's about it
I've got a Girsberger chair, made in Smithfield, NC.

I made the tables, so I guess technically they count as US made.

I've got a set of old JBL 4311 speakers; those were made in California.

A lot of my DVDs were made in the US.
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enki23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-07 05:38 PM
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60. paper coffee cup, several textbooks, a box of kimwipes, a hoodie,
couple of plate/gel readers. an outlet strip. a box that contained primer analysis software. the cinder blocks in the walls were probably made somewhere fairly nearby. some office furniture. do they still assemble gateway computers in the US? i'm sure most of the components come from abroad, in any case.

still, a fair amount of what i have around me was, actually, manufactured (at least to some extent) here. perhaps more than is typical.
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-07 05:47 PM
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61. A buncha furniture
Old furniture, books, a can of diet Jones green apple soda, five decks of playing cards, books, two candles, a lovely jalepeo chicken sausage.

Not my computer, my peripherals, my plate and fork, a pair of candleholders, a toad made of some ivory-like material, two Chinese stone bookends, an oriental rug, the clothing I'm wearing.

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hamerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-07 05:52 PM
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62. Sharp USA microwave oven
Built in Tennessee with union labor! And it works great!
dumpbush
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-07 06:05 PM
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63. Well, I know my computer
was at least ASSEMBLED in the USA because it was done by my local computer man. I'm sure all the parts came from elsewhere though.
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