We have created the market that we have. We have created the throw away tractors, we have created the Chinese imports because as consumers we want to pay the least for the most. We want a 60" TV made in China for 500 dollars vs an American made TV for 600 dollars.
We have created Walmart, we have created the throw away generation.
toomanytoy84 you are correct, I can remember when the locale wallmart opened up where I grew up. we as a family were all super exited to have it, we never had much and things were cheap at wallmart. If I had known then what I known then what I know now I would never have set foot in any big box store, they target the smaller stores selling things for less than they pay till the smaller stores are gone then raise the price to where it is today. I look back at all the money I spent in those places and regret it, especially when looking for new things to buy today. where but the big box stores can you got o get a new printer or tv ? I haven't seen a mom and pop furniture or electronics store in years.
We as a society need to change our ways, raise our kids differently and stop throwing away everything when it breaks. when I bought my house I had to replace the toilet and the one I took out had a brass !!! yes brass flush valve assy in it, probably original to the house. I looked for another brass assy as that one was totally worn out and could never find one, now I have plastic that will need to be replaced in three years. God bless America, and I mean that in all senses of the term.