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Tinster
03-17-2008, 04:33 PM
Went grocery shopping with the Mrs this afternoon for
the components of her very tasty, heart healthy meatloaf.
Reached to grab an Habanero hot pepper and lo and behold
there are now two bins of Habaneros. Side by side.

The uusual, locally grown Habaneros hot peppers and

a new bin of "grown in China" Habaneros at 30% less price.

Now, that just ain't right!!!!

I'm hot under the collar.......... and it's NOT from
the capsicum oil.

d

NutmegCT
03-17-2008, 04:45 PM
Suggestion - don't buy it.

T.

mailbox
03-17-2008, 04:56 PM
Another suggestion: Tell store manager that you will only buy from stores that sell LOCAL peppers, not Chinese crud. :eeek:

weewillie
03-17-2008, 05:00 PM
I try to buy local produce when in season and when not in season, from the US. Not mexico, chile or anywhere else

Tinster
03-17-2008, 05:04 PM
Now I'm even more hot under the collar :madder:. :madder:

Needed a fluorescent tube replacement for recessed lighting in
the kitchen. Looked high and low and found one at Home Despot.

Opened it up a few minutes ago and it "tinkled" when I held it.
D.O.A. and it cost me $8.00 with no return of light bulbs
permitted.

Fine old American company- General Electric...

in very tiny letters- "made in China"

So, I'm out $8. for the tube and yes I purchased the local
farmer's Habanero.

This situation is outta control, I tell ya.

dale :wall:

NutmegCT
03-17-2008, 05:08 PM
Situation is *always* in control if we check where the items come from. May take some digging ... but there's no law saying we have to buy those cheaper things from China.

Here's a relatively unused tack: ask the manager. If he can't prove where an item originates, don't buy it. Way too easy to just complain in generalities; takes some work to put the responsibility back on the supplier's shoulders.

T.

DART
03-17-2008, 05:15 PM
As one of the dots would say; Dale, vote with your $$.
And more and more I would rather spend a few more to support the LOCAL economy...which often provides an organic, additive free product.

Light bulbs are probably another matter, not sure what our alternatives are.

Fish oil lamps???
:jester:

Tinster
03-17-2008, 05:47 PM
Dart-

We have very little say in the matter. We are an island
economy supplied by big American companies. The big
American companies put made in China products on our shelves.

Produce, fish and meats, we can vote with our dollars.
We purchase local first, then N & S American products.

Now I have the logic problem. Pay $18 for the bulb and
assembly (which I can return if defective) or shell out
another $8.00 for bulb only and hope this next bulb is not
defective as well.

I'll buy the entire $18 unit because I can return it.

So I will have another $26 pumped into the China economy.

burns me up!! $26 bucks total for an 18" glow tube.

d :madder:

anthony7777
03-17-2008, 08:03 PM
tinster, just redid my kitchen used g.e. under counter lights i dropped one and well... went to a local "best" hardware store that 12" fluorescent cost $ 12.00. one dollar an inch, glad i didnt drop one of the bigger ones!

tony barnhill
03-17-2008, 08:19 PM
Old cell phone died today...went by Verizon & found they don't carry the battery for it anymore (I've had it about 7 years)....called Battery Plus - new battery was $39.95 plus tax & a drive all way across town to pick it up.

Verizon saleslady told me I can get $100 off a new phone every 2 years with my plan...showed me one that was almost like mine except it takes photos has that Blue-whatever, GPS, internet & a whole bunch of other stuff my old phone didn't...$149 with a $50 dollar mail-in rebate...so, after rebate I'll end up paying $4.

Plus, I'll take my old phone to Goodwill & get a tax statement that I can use for deduction next year.

Some things work out........