Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: carson city, nv, soon to be las vegas
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lead buys your bread?? my possible hi-jack item
Great comments, well-presented, and sensible. But, I made an interesting observation, and it's not meant as a complaint. You obviously would like people to buy American made batteries because they help the "2000 or so people" in the American lead industry, yet you drive a Toyota and a Suzuki Samurai? Whether purchased new or used, or actually made in the USA or not, there is a positive offshore impact throughout the life of those vehicles.
Myself, I believe we make America better when we buy the best-value or best-made item, foreign or domestic. If Americans had never flocked to buy Toyota and Datsun/Nissan vehicles when the Big Three were turning out cars and trucks that hardly left the dealer lot before they started falling apart, the Big Three never would have improved their product to what it is today. American autos compete very well with imports now because the U.S. auto industry lost it's butt to a better product in the 70's. Same thing is true of the personal computer industry and one Bill Gates. His product may not have been the best, but it was the best value, and it was perceived that way the world over.
Market-driven economics and Supply & Demand will always create better products overall than "Buy American" slogans. When people pledge allegiance to their home-grown items, and those items are not made better or represent a better value than foreign items, those people will eventually wind up with the Zil, the Beta-max, the Packard-Bell computer, the DeSoto, and the Hillman, just to name a few. This is not related in any way to the fine battery brands you listed, and should not be taken as critical of the American battery maker.
Early '99 F250 XLT 7.3 ext cab, SB, 4x4, auto tranny, 153K miles, completely stock. Installed GlowS**t gauges (never again!) and DIY air filter, Tru Kool trans cooler, 4" exhaust, 50 HP chip. Tows 10K 5th wheel.