Archive for January, 2008
January 26th, 2008
This is not an ad for Ford (unfortunately), but I just have to say my new Escape hybrid has really exceeded my expectations in every way. On the gas use, it is getting 32 miles per gallon in normal use. That is twice what I used to think was normal! The other night, while pulling into finally fill up the gas tank, it had been so long I literally had to think a moment about which side the gas cap is on.
Why am I so concerned about gasoline use? As founder of www.MadeinUSAForever.com, the fact is that over 45% of oil consumed is foreign, plus it is often from countries that hate us or where we have troops (or frankly both). Anything I can do to help break our addiction to foreign oil, like bio-fuels or hybrids, is something worth thinking about.
Plus, this SUV is truck at heart, not some mini-car. It’s stylish inside and out and fun to drive. I got the GPS and rear backing sensor upgrades (it beeps when I am backing up too close to something), both of which are surprisingly helpful.
On quality, I have owned it three months and not a single problem yet. Ford has really come a long way…
This Escape Hybrid is truly remarkable. A real alternative to truck lovers who do not want to have to buy all that foreign oil.
January 25th, 2008
What kind of things are truly American? Like rock and country music, apple pie, or freedom?
One of the things that comes to my mind is blue jeans. Over the past few years I have wanted to gag as it became harder and harder to find truly American made jeans. Most makers have closed their factories and moved production to overseas contractors and sub-contractors. An American icon has been given over to production conditions that would never be tolerated here — worker safety issues, chemicals (it is not just the toys), extensive environmental pollution.
However, we have a choice. In addition to the men’s jeans and premium women’s jeans we have been carrying, we just added women’s and kid’s jeans by Texas jean.
It’s the real deal. 100% American, as it should always be…
January 22nd, 2008
With the world’s stock markets falling it is looking more and more like a recession is on the way. Initial reports blamed the U.S. housing market situation, but that is now looking like just one symptom of a larger problem.
What can we expect if this proves to be true? A cycle of rising unemployment, falling real wages, further housing loan defaults and rising personal bankruptcies. These issues feed off each other, for example as someone in debt face unemployment, they reduce spending or even default on loans, which others and so on.
What can we do? This may sound self serving considering my website sells U.S. made products, but frankly buying items made here does vastly more good for our country’s employment level than buying goods made in other countries. Now more than ever it matters, as the people who made that product need that job. Keeping them employed helps to stop the downturn from getting worse.
In effect, the negative cycle is broken if we buy products made here in the USA.
January 14th, 2008
I was disappointed yesterday to get home from the dentist and find that the “free” toothbrush and floss kit was actually made in China. One would think after the huge fiasco with poison in the Chinese toothpaste that they would be a little more careful. He must have got those kits very inexpensively, but probably has not considered the liability or customer reaction. I will definitely mention it to him. Please keep an eye out for such things. Just because it is from someone in the medical field does not make it safe or right.
January 14th, 2008
Now that the holiday chaos has subsided, I want to take a moment to thank the folks that matter most in this endeavor – our customers! Thank you for shopping with us!
The response to www.MadeinUSAForever.com has been amazing, and I want to thank each and every one of you. You have given a huge start to what was little more than a dream not that long ago, helping me prove that the USA can match the quality, level of style, and in many cases be near the cost of what the big chain stores would have you pay for imported goods.
The truth is we can have cool stuff made right here in America by folks like you and me. We can look beyond the greed to protect and even create new jobs.
Keep a close eye on us in 2008 as my promise to you is very extensive expansion of the product offerings, most of which will continue to be immediately available to ship from our own warehouse.