I spent the day installing cabinets, I built, in a manufactured home. Kinda like spreading caviar on wonder bread. Actually it was a sales office. They were busy. I guess the depression is driving folks to these “bargains”.
My sister bought a 12 year old one down in Nevada. In 12 years the outside trim was falling off. All the windows failed. The roof leaked and needed replaced. The dry wall was cracking. This was all just normal wear and tear. I’ve done a bit of work in them before and am shocked at how cheap these things are. I’m really shocked that people keep buying them. They are not that inexpensive.
In my part of the country it is illegal to build on many pieces of property, but you can put up one of these fancy trailer homes. Sometimes I think the government is really out to screw us. They sure want to control every little detail.
I put a spiritual value on the craftsmanship of my work. When I build something. I’m building for families and generations. Today I saw my work go to help tear down America. We buy crap and the worst the economy gets the more crappy crap we buy. It’s not because it is cheaper. My cabinet bid was cheaper that the guy who was getting his cheap prefabs from HomeDespot. We have quit buying from small family size companies. That is what has driven them out of business. Not that Walmart is cheaper. We swallowed the lies.
The average American would never consider buying from a local furniture builder. That means that the local furniture builder has stopped trying to build affordable furniture. I see stuff imported from Asia, built by guys making $2.50 a day, selling for more than i would charge. I’ve seen the look of contempt from folks who could not believe that it would take me 4 weeks to build a piece of furniture.
I might just sound like a bitter old man. Would you believe I’m a very lucky guy. I’m one of the few that get to live the real American dream. Not the Donald Trump I’ll f the next guy till I’m filth rich dream. When did ethics quit being part of business? No I’m talking about working to live, not living to work. We idolize the entrepreneurial spirit, but crush the reality of it. Maybe this has turned into a political rant, so I’ll shut up and go dream some new furniture designs that will never get sold.