Re: Oh NO... MicroMark at it again!

Stokes John

I agree with Jack's comments and will buy my decals from Archer, and my riveter and chopper from NWSL. I just made an off hand comment about Archer doing the decals for MM, hoping as much as anything, but I understand that is not the case.

I wish the real American way was as Jack suggests, but unfortunately the fact is that the bottom line is king and if someone can get it done overseas and undersell something made in America they will do so and crow about the private enterprise system being the best in the world. I was using the term "American way" with tongue in cheek. We do live in a global economy, and benefit in many ways from foreign made products, our hobby today would not be as diverse and rich in product otherwise, but yes, if there is a good American made product that delivers better value in the product itself, even if it costs more, I'll buy that. Maybe times will change, but I wouldn't hold my breath, Them that has the gold, likes to keep getting more and that ultimately drives where goods and serves come from today.

John S.
To: STMFC@...
From: jack@...
Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 15:24:32 -0700
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Re: Oh NO... MicroMark at it again!

John wrote:


<Dinging MM for aggressively marketing products that others also offer is

<not very productive or encouraging to new manufacturers or products, or

<cheaper prices and different goods and services. Again, the "American



<Many people think we have a capitalistic system that encourages dog-eat-

<dog competition and copycatism runs high. That's the "good old American

<way." There are laws protecting legitimate property interests of course,

<but the overall all theme is open competition.

I think the "American way" is seeing a product and producing something that

is significantly better, not just a cheap copies simply leads

to more American dollars being spent on foreign products. The NWSL Chopper

is made in America...the one MM sells is made, best guess, in China. Given

the price for the rivets MM is selling, I suspect those too are made in

China. I've sent a e-mail to Archer asking if they are manufacturing the MM

rivets as John suggested might be the case and, if I get an answer, I'll let

everyone know.

I for one, don't might spending a little bit more for a product made in

America. I also prefer to support a manufacturer who comes up with a new

idea rather than one who copies someone else's product, regardless of the

price differential. I think that approach is more encouraging to new


Jack Burgess

Newark, CA

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