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Old 10-07-05, 11:45 PM   #26
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but I bought it used, so the money that was going overseas, has already gone there.
I'm confused a little here. Isn't the Specialized Company a US company? If so, the majority of the money from the sale of the product sold in the USA would have stayed in the USA in the first place, unless they have Accounts offshore.
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Old 10-08-05, 06:14 AM   #27
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You heard wrong. Like other large manufacturers, the lower end bikes are made in Asia and the higher end are made at home.
Okay, then some of Bianchi bikes are made elsewhere. The ones mere mortals can afford and who make the assumption they are getting Italian made.
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Old 10-08-05, 08:22 AM   #28
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I'm confused a little here. Isn't the Specialized Company a US company? If so, the majority of the money from the sale of the product sold in the USA would have stayed in the USA in the first place, unless they have Accounts offshore.
From a purely economic standpoint it doesn't matter where something is made. From a social and political standpoint, it makes a significant difference. Socially, because goods are not so cheap that people can do without jobs. Politically, because there is a strategic importance to having a manufacturing base should things turn against a nation on the world stage. (OTOH, there is some merit to the idea of an internationally interdependent economy raising the stakes of war too high to risk. This doesn't account for religious or ethnic fanatacism though.)

So, the answer to your question is that yeah, the profits come here, but the blue collar jobs don't.
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Old 10-08-05, 02:43 PM   #29
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My Taiwanese '84 Rockhopper is pound for pound the best value bike I ever bought. Used for racing, touring, commuting and everything else for a while, including riding up and down real mountains;-)

I can't buy the notion that it would have been even more useful, durable or more valuable had it been manufactured in a more patriotic venue, or somewhere with more 'authenticity' like Italy.

At the time I bought it, the design, price and quality suited me just fine. Most of the original components still work, apart from the obvious transmission and brake consumables.

What's not to like? You either agree with globalisation of capital, which American business is supposed to agree with, or you want protectionism, which encourages others to reciprocate. I'll let the armchair economists debate this, whilst I ride my old bike some more................
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