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Old 04-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #11
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While this is probably opening another can of worms, just because it has "made in USA" stamped on it doesn't mean its quality either.

With every major product these days, you have to research it before you buy....
In my experience, and everyone I know or have ever spoken to, the odds are vastly in your favor when buying American, and vastly against you when buying Chinese. Especially when it involves metallic components. As someone else stated, it's gotten to the point that many times a Chinese made product is cheaper by a negligible amount. The cost savings is being funneled into profits and bonuses, not lower consumer costs. I just bought an American made B&W receiver hitch for LESS than a lower quality Reese or Curt would have cost. And my Equalizer hitch was no more than what a Chinese made traditional chain type WDH with 2 friction bars would have cost. I think we have been duped into believing that we HAVE to buy Chinese or it will cost us more, when in fact a lot of the reason for outsourcing was for nothing more than profit. Just my .02.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:33 AM   #12
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In my experience, and everyone I know or have ever spoken to, the odds are vastly in your favor when buying American, and vastly against you when buying Chinese. Especially when it involves metallic components. As someone else stated, it's gotten to the point that many times a Chinese made product is cheaper by a negligible amount. The cost savings is being funneled into profits and bonuses, not lower consumer costs. I just bought an American made B&W receiver hitch for LESS than a lower quality Reese or Curt would have cost. And my Equalizer hitch was no more than what a Chinese made traditional chain type WDH with 2 friction bars would have cost. I think we have been duped into believing that we HAVE to buy Chinese or it will cost us more, when in fact a lot of the reason for outsourcing was for nothing more than profit. Just my .02.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #13
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In my experience, purchasing a Chinese product from a Chinese company can be a problem. However, I can think of no experiences that purchasing a Chinese manufactured product from a major American (or European) company, has caused any problems.
I say major since there are some small startup companies in the USA that only use Chinese made products; and I stay away from these types of companies. And I qualify this from major companies such as Cequent, Apple (and I do not own an Apple product, but know many who do and they have no problems), Motorola and quite a few other companies.
My biggest problems with the items I purchase have been with American made products from trucks all the way to handguns.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:23 PM   #14
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Reese straight line dual cam system junk

Purely the biggest mistake I made buying this product last year after 6 ea bent snap up brackets and all installed by dealer I was forced to replace it with the Wd I should have bought in the first place which was an Equalizer 4 point sway control setup .But Noooo.. I had to skimp on the quality and the price and I knew better at the time,lesson learned.
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