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I cannot take credit for the essay below, but I think it's such a great idea that I had to pass it on...

This seems especially appropriate this year ....
Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into
high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced
goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American
labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the
gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an
excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced
by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit
in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift
certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about
some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American
owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift
certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking
down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful
gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the
summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf
course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what
about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember,
folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting
your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep
their doors open.



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holy fuck im blind!!!pphtt
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I know it's a bit of a wall of text, but there are some great ideas in here.
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holy fuck im blind!!!pphtt
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LOL!!




but Good idea OP
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If we all did a few of these ideas, it could really make a difference with local merchants.
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We have a really cool pottery place up by Helen, GA. I like to buy pieces for my sisters. Sometimes I go to the Cotton Pickin Fair in Gay, GA and pick up necklaces, organic local honey, etc. It's not so difficult to buy American made for adults - more challenging for the kids on the list because they all want electronic crap.

Edit - because I have a bad habit of posting w/o previewing my post for typos. :(
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I cannot take credit for the essay below, but I think it's such a great idea that I had to pass it on...

This seems especially appropriate this year ....
Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into
high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced
goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American
labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the
gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an
excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced
by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit
in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift
certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about
some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American
owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift
certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking
down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful
gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the
summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf
course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what
about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember,
folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting
your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep
their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of
a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy
who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people
spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and
pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave
your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet
at your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about
fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to
burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring
about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to
follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care
about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we
couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion
groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section
in your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio
stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about
each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?


BUY AMERICAN - BE AMERICAN The job you save might be your own
 Quoting: oh_yikes


Suggesting a pin! You are so right on OP! I love the idea of buying locally-we want privately owned businesses in our local area to do well. Anything that we can do to put a dent in the corporate-gov-control system is a win for the people! Good karma coming your way OP!
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the best way to celebrate the season regardless is to make your own gifts.

been doing this for a dozen years.

it should be no surprise people have more of an appreciation for this than simply buying shit...
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the best way to celebrate the season regardless is to make your own gifts.

been doing this for a dozen years.

it should be no surprise people have more of an appreciation for this than simply buying shit...
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I am a knitter and bead jewelry maker and I also enjoy making gifts for people. I have to match the right project with the right person, but when I get it right, it is so gratifying.

That being said, I never thought of giving an oil change or a haircut as a gift, but what a great idea this is. Win-win.
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I have one of those Husqvarna embroidery machines. I know people would live some monogrammed or embroidered home items such as towels or tablecloths, but I can't seem to find the time to do it. Homemade is always nice. My most treasured things are the quilts from mom and grandma.
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but everyone in the government (right wing especially) tells me that globalization is a good thing. Wouldn't that mean that supporting China is also a good thing?

I guess that's Orwellian newspeak eliminating cognitive dissonance for you.

Fuck, i don't want to live on earth anymore.
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but everyone in the government (right wing especially) tells me that globalization is a good thing. Wouldn't that mean that supporting China is also a good thing?

I guess that's Orwellian newspeak eliminating cognitive dissonance for you.

Fuck, i don't want to live on earth anymore.
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I hear you. This world has become so complicated and overwhelming at times. But it makes sense to me, whatever country you live in, to look out for the people around you first: your family, your neighbors, your community.
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Nice post. Merry Christmas!
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Nice post. Merry Christmas!
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Thanks Vision Thing. Merry Christmas to you too. hf
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I was wondering how long it would be before one of you chimed in.
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Thanks so much for this OP. I like the idea, and hopefully in our pick a name gift exchange this year, I can come up with something on this list, or a gift that is purely Made In America !

hf
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If you want to buy American, give your friends tickets to a ballgame, shop at yard sales, buy them beer and rent them hookers...
With freedom comes responsibility.

Heterosexual pride!

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I think a lot of companies are really missing the boat on this imported goods backlash. Those companies making products in the USA need to state that in big letters on their packaging.

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buy that gun owner a box of hollow points made in the usa. or a delux cleaning kit or bulk patches or targets. all made in the usa. Now git out to your local store!!!!
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Buying local and/or from the actual crafts person (such as handmade goods at etsy.com) is a great idea.

Personally I will be giving all handmade gifts this year.
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Another side benefit to the giving of services as opposed to "stuff" is that it helps cut down on our out of control consumption of resources. With 7 billion people now on this planet, it is unsustainable for the consumption to continue the way it has been.
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Do local whores have gift cards? This is an excellent idea.
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I cannot take credit for the essay below, but I think it's such a great idea that I had to pass it on...

This seems especially appropriate this year ....
Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into
high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced
goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American
labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the
gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an
excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced
by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit
in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift
certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about
some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American
owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift
certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking
down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful
gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the
summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf
course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what
about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember,
folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting
your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep
their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of
a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy
who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people
spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and
pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave
your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet
at your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about
fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to
burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring
about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to
follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care
about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we
couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion
groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section
in your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio
stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about
each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?


BUY AMERICAN - BE AMERICAN The job you save might be your own
 Quoting: oh_yikes



I am glad this post is less stupid than most of the "Buy American" rants, as you have no cheap manufacturing, and very little manufacturing left at all in the United States. The years you could have tried to make a difference in this regard are long gone. Your corporations that need things made are all very wealthy now due to offshoring most of the "hand work" of those types of jobs. Hey, gotta make a buck where you can.

If being a good supporter of your local businesses requires you to try and stir up slightly xenophobic national pride, then hell, go for it. But I have to say, that is pretty fucking sad.

Made in the U.S.A still holds a lot of cache with people on this side of the world, as most products that are bothered to be imported here are usually of the higher quality realm.

What you guys need to work on is being less dependent on big Corporate blood suckers like Wal-Mart and the kind of business climate that actually promotes you buying all your shit from China to support your quality of life(I mean this literally).

It doesn't take a genius to see that Corporations aren't always a benefit, especially when they corrode the local communities to the point we see in the United States today.
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i buy quality. i could care less where it comes from. generally speaking crap is made here, and i'm not investing in it.
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I gave you 5*'s and a Suggest Pin by the way.

I think the idea is a great one, and one that applies in any large, democratic, service driven industry.
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The statement about supporting local restaurants over national chains is so important.

I want to scream every time I drive past Olive Garden and it is packed, while a great local Italian place a half mile up the road is half empty. And oh by the way, the prices are the same.
For real food people!
Not the high fructose corn syrup poison they dish out at the chains.

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