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Name 5 US-companies with a reputation for quality

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Aroddo, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Aroddo

    Aroddo Emperor

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    Had a discussion with a friend lately and that topic came up. I came up short.

    I had to name 5 US companies that
    a) produce a physical consumer product
    b) have a reputation for good quality
    c) are not Apple or Intel

    We got to that topic when we commented about how nearly everything worth buying is produced either by japanese, korean or german manufacturers nowadays.
     
  2. ParkCungHee

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    Dell
    IBM
    Apple Inc.
    Motorolla
    Harley Davidson.
     
  3. Aroddo

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    motorola definetely not, ibm is past it's prime, apple is excluded and harley davidson is only about style, less about quality.
    dell is acceptable.
     
  4. luiz

    luiz Trendy Revolutionary

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    CAT
    General Electric
    Cummins
    Cadillac (the reputation might be undeserved nowadays, but it's there)

    There are actually many US companies known for quality.
     
  5. mayor

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    Dell; No, just no
    IBM; ......... I know it but can't say I ever used one of their products.
    Motorolla; Not in Europe

    Google
    Amazon
    Facebook
    Walt Disney (I admit that they also make crap)
    Starbucks
     
  6. bombshoo

    bombshoo Never mind...

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    Costco (or rather, Kirkland when talking about the products)
    Whole Foods
    Trader Joe's
    Chipotle
    Ben and Jerry's

    And that's just food products. :D
     
  7. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    Famous Amos!
     
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    I think the restriction to "physical consumer products" is completely arbitrary.
     
  9. Loppan Torkel

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    Some of their military products seem to be of pretty high quality, relatively speaking. Not perhaps the ordinary consumer products, but still..
     
  10. Samez

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    The Coca Cola Company
    Xerox
    Cisco Systems
    GE
    Boeing (a bit damaged but still a good reputation)
     
  11. Arwon

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    Whole Foods and Ben and Jerrys are good ones.

    Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is another.

    Threadless and by association American Apparel?
     
  12. ParkCungHee

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    The droid has a pretty solid reputation.
    It's the 31st largest company in the world, and the seventh most profitable in the country. Just because they're not making PCs anymore doesn't mean they've declined. Even then you're introducing an entirely new metric, that these companies must be now "in their prime" whatever that means.
    In fact, I think if you include that, you won't be able to find one country able to meet these criteria.
    Why?
    Because no one buys a motorcycle for style.
     
  13. Arwon

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    My flatmate suggested Kitchen Aid. It's owned by Whirlpool, are they considered quality?
     
  14. Zelig

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    Lots of high-end speaker companies are American, IIRC, Klipsch, Boston Acoustics, Magnepan, MartinLogan, Salk, are all American.

    Actually, America tends to do really well with high-end goods in general, outside of some specific niches - ones I'm familiar with being consumer electronics (Asia) and knives (Japan/Germany).

    Eh, Motorola makes pretty solid stuff.

    IBM is pretty solid, I dunno what you're talking about in regards to its prime, but it's basically out of the consumer game now, so not really relevant.

    Maybe I hang out with coffee snobs, but I basically see Starbucks perceived as the McDonald's of coffee.
     
  15. ParkCungHee

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    I don't see how. That's like saying Harland and Wolff weren't/aren't a good manufacturing company because they didn't build consumer products.
     
  16. mayor

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    well true, their (regular) coffee can't beat a home-made cup of coffee but for a take-out coffee place.. I'll take their coffee over a trainstationkiosk coffee every time.

    I only drink regular and espresso but I have been told their "special" variants are very good to and hard to make at home.
     
  17. Zelig

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    No, it's like saying they don't produce good consumer products... which they don't, because they don't produce any consumer products. (I'm assuming - I don't know Harland and Wolff)
     
  18. ParkCungHee

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    They made ships.
    At any rate, IBM still is prominent in consumer goods, just not consumer end products. If you are using any current generation gaming console, for example, you are using an IBM product.
     
  19. Pangur Bán

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    The OP's central point that the US economy is over-reliant on the incorporeal is a good one. Companies like Apple, Starbucks, Nike, and so on (we all know 'em) are almost entirely dependent on branding and advertising. Many of them now are little but a collection of contracts with third-world slave houses. They makes their billions through their control of the unconscious in the money fat markets, and more of their fights are in that realm than in any manufacture of anything useful; they, and thus much of the US economy, are incredibly exposed to suddens swings in fashion that may lie in the future.
     
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