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Forum topic by Mark posted 03-26-2010 12:11 AM 1618 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2010 12:11 AM

So today I was sanding my project away and when I went to grab a new sheet of my sandpaper (my personal preferance for sand paper) I was double checking the back of it to make sure it was the right grit when I noticed where she was made. Not in Canada, not the US, not china (for once), but it was made in Brazil! I was kinda offended when I noticed that. I am a fan of the sandpaper but not a fan of using foreign made material/equipment unless necessary. I think I’m due for a switch. Have you ever come across this kind of situation? (not specificly sandpaper) whats your input?

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 12:20 AM

I like a good product.

Generally speaking, I’m willing to pay a fair bit more FOR a well-made product—one that performs as it should, and has a better-than-average service life.

I appreciate—but generally am not particularly interested in paying for—a reasonable level of customer service.

The old saying in retail: there’s three components to selling a product:

- price
- quality
- speed (probably could be interchangeable with “customer service”)

You get to pick TWO ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 12:24 AM

my sandpaper is made in Finland , where else . ( mirka ) .

my new wife hasn’t been made anywhere yet , evidently .

my suv is made in japan ,
with some parts from Mexico .

my house is built in America ,
i know ,
‘cause i built it myself !
( but half of the stuff it is made from ,
could be from anywhere ) ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 12:32 AM

pls believe brazil sandpaper!

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 12:36 AM

o god dont start that again lol

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 12:42 AM

Most of my tools in my shop are made in Taiwan, and U.S.A.
With the exception of a few exotics, my materials used are grown, milled, and kiln dried right here in Texas.
My pickup was made in U.S.A. (Kansas City). Not Texas, but it’ll do…
My Econo Box was made in U.S.A. (Kentucky, R.I.P. Saturn… Why on earth did they keep Buick?)
My house was made in America, my appliances were made in America, most, but not all of my electronics were made in a variety of Asian countries. I have an old Realistic CB Radio, and power mic that I use with the 4×4 club that is U.S. built…

I am huge on bang for the buck, and prefer U.S. produced products, and the closer to home the better, so for example, I will pay a little extra for red oak grown, harvested, milled, etc… in Texas than for stuff that has to get trucked in from Oregon… And I grew up in Oregon… But I want to keep my support as close to home as possible…

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 01:02 AM

Mark if it works I don’t care where it is made, don’t read the back of the paper

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 01:10 AM

I can pretty much say that I never look on things to see where they are made. If I happen to see it, I only remark if it says “Made in the USA”, and then I usually say something like “Hmmm, Imagine that”.

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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#8 posted 03-26-2010 01:14 AM

Ya know….. I wished I had that much free time to study the back or sand paper then take the time to blog about it.
Mark you are truely a funny guy!
Keep the entertainment coming…

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#9 posted 03-26-2010 01:16 AM

I love Klingspor sandpaper. It is made in Germany.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#10 posted 03-26-2010 02:47 AM

lol…no problem jim! :P

-- M.K.

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#11 posted 03-26-2010 03:23 AM

When I was working as an engineer, I had to source some bearings. Made in USA, the cost was over $2 each, made in China they were $0.25 each. Tremendous pressure to go with cheap. My decision is always to buy made in USA, whenever possible. It keeps us employed, it keeps our factories open, and it helps keeps the trade (im)balance under control.

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#12 posted 03-26-2010 03:27 AM

oh heck…if its a good product and you like how it performs..then get on with it…do the wood working….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 03-26-2010 03:41 AM

exactly my point wdwrkr!

grizzman: im surprised u didnt jump on me about my carving! lol dont wory its assembled and im finishing it tomoro! you’ll see!

-- M.K.

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#14 posted 03-26-2010 04:12 AM

you go Mark….lol :P

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#15 posted 03-26-2010 03:19 PM

Our govenrment here in Canada and the thousands of bureacrats that run it have interfered with manufacturing and producton at every opportunity . The are regualtions and rules far in excess of what other coutries abide by and to make things worse the manufacturers are taxed to death. Provincial taxes, federal taxes and the endless reams of reports to government .
There’s employment insurance and associated paperwork. Severance reports ,payroll taxes and the list goes on.
As you are seeing, it’s less complicated just to pick up your hard assests and move to a more receptive manufacturing climate. It’s a big world out there and the bureaclods just can’t get that through there heads.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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