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#1 posted 03-06-2011 09:18 PM

That’s interesting insight from Portugal. I expect Asian imports carry much heavier
tariffs than they do in the states. Every country is different in how it tries to
protect and grow its economy.

With fuel so highly taxed in Europe, the costs of going to Ikea in Portugal, in
addition to the distance for you, is probably twice what it would be here in the
USA. This situation allows your regional cabinet man to prosper. He brings
in materials on a flat-bed and saves fuel costs, plus he can turn a stack of
lumber or ply into a value-added product he can distribute to local stores.

I don’t view the big-box phenomenon as good for my country. Even though
our costs for hard goods tend to be jaw-droppingly low compared to what
Europeans pay, our middle class is being assaulted by the outsourcing of
the skilled labor jobs that were once the backbone of the US economy. I
blame labor too, for spending the last 50 years in denial of the obvious fact
that eventually the factory jobs would disappear and the opportunity for
a middle class lifestyle for the guy who didn’t got to college along with them.

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