This is my response/comment to a post by Ragtop Day.
Like Ragtop, I am somewhat of a pragmatist. I understand that idea of supporting my local economy, but I also understand that my own pocket only goes so deep. I’m also married to Spouse, a/k/a skinflint, so that carries into the equation. I do find it a conundrum but I also try to keep local and global issues in mind when purchasing.
Back in the late 80s I was shopping for a new car. During my expeditions I wandered into a Ford dealer. After being treated like a “woman car shopper” I started to leave. One of the salesmen made a snide comment about me going to buy a “foreign” car. I responded “OH — so you’re saying that instead of buying a Honda made in Ohio I should get a Ford made in MEXICO.” Which really brings to mind a lot of questions in this global economy. Which is more “patriotic,” driving a car with the “right” label, or buying a car that provides American jobs, or buying a car that provides profits to an American corporation. It’s an interesting question. But seriously when it comes to buying cars my FIRST priority is RELIABILITY. I’ve had too many cars that had mechanical issues (and have walked tooooo many frickin’ miles in the snow in the middle of the night) to ever again want to be saddled with a car that I’m not SURE of.
(Though — as a sidenote Ragtop and I both have children adopted from China so we do have an excuse to buy Chinese made products as supporting the country that our children came from and where their birth families live … hey it might work).