Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Work in Progress

We are still gathering companies for the site and doing research.  Feel free to post a comment with any questions that you may have.  I am curious to hear from consumers who disagree.

Many more posts coming in the next week. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Two way street...kind-of

Here is a state-by-state break down on how much each state exports to China according to the US-China Business Council:

The second link covers how much the US imports from China.  Table 8 clearly shows we are number 1 among top export destinations.

So to get a little political here (and putting all other moral issues aside), is all this importing from China hurting or helping our economy?  The math looks easy to me, hopefully some one can explain why importing so much from China is good for the US economy in the long run.

I notice Canada or Mexico is not on the list...I wonder if we just pass along merchandise to them under NAFTA? Or they simply do not have as much materials and merchandise from China.  Can someone make a run to Canada or Mexico this weekend and do some research for me?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Where to draw the line

Is there ever a time or place when it is okay to ignore the tag?  I think Yes!!!  Not many places but a few. 

1.  Garage Sales and Thrift Stores. 
Many Thrift Stores work off of donations and hence do not buy products that they sell.  Simple enough.  Its all about recycling.  Any thoughts?

2.  Going Out Of Business!!! Everything Must Go!!!
First off, I am sad that my favorite bookstore is closing...with that said...I was there with the kids a few days ago when I could not help but think that the store is not re-ordering anything anymore...whatever is in their warehouse will be shipped and sold until its since the damage is done and the product was already made and sold to a company that is now going out of business, is it okay to ignore the tag? 
I guess from a local economy standpoint...its okay but what about from a spiritual/moral standpoint? 

Where do we draw the line here? 

Any other places that you can think of?