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Name 5 US-companies with a reputation for quality

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

  1. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Guys, stop ruining this thread with this recent ad hominem and the apple discussion, else a mod of this area will have to stop it.



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companies_of_the_United_States , let's see,
    - Barnes & Noble (they produce Ebook readers)
    - Coca Cola
    - Does Exxon count ^^?
    - Garmin
    - Gillette
    - Goodyear

    5 companies, not even remotely through the alphabet.
     
  2. luiz

    luiz Trendy Revolutionary

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    I don't see why cars would count but not wheel loaders, but anyway... the other 4 companies I mentioned all deliver consumer products (Cummins is debatable), and they've got high quality.
     
  3. illram

    illram Deity

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    What is the point of these conditions?
     
  4. bombshoo

    bombshoo Never mind...

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    About 80% of Trader Joe's products are their own brand (and that's not always just relabeling), so I was actually looking at them as more than just retail.

    I didn't realize they were still Aldi's though. I thought I remembered reading they were spun off a few years ago. Must have got it confused with something else.
     
  5. Quackers

    Quackers The Frog

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    Lose imo.

    It's no accident America has a freaking enormous economy. It's world class firms which do that.
     
  6. metatron

    metatron unperson

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    Many retailers have house brands. *shrug*
    Well, a significant portion of the forum population will have bought a car at some point in the past. That means that cars are a consumer product.

    Ever bought a wheel loader? Or a 737? Or a tank?


    I don't even know why i have to defend such a simple common sense condition (one can certainly argue whether it has a purpose, but it is certainly not difficult to understand) that is not even mine.
    Don't you guys feel a bit like missing the point when you are making silly argument like "i know they mostly deal in nuclear reactors, but they produce paper clips, too - that's a consumer product"?
     
  7. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    Does anyone make really good consumer products these days? I read somewhere that companies deliberately made bad products so that people bought new stuff. And the fact that the manufacturing is outsourced to China doesn't help either I suppose. I have the impression they don't exactly put their heart and soul in the products they make for us.
     
  8. luiz

    luiz Trendy Revolutionary

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    I have bought far more wheel loaders than cars.
     
  9. metatron

    metatron unperson

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    As a consumer?
     
  10. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    Well, I'm a high-end product snob, but most of the consumer goods I buy are quality, and last well.
     
  11. luiz

    luiz Trendy Revolutionary

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    Aren't all buyers consumers?

    Of course it wasn't for personal use, but it was a physical product manufactured in the USA which I bought. So that's quality american manufacture I experienced, not unlike a car. And I'd say anyone in technical/industrial fields around the word have bought and used quality american manufactures at some point (I do it all the time).
     
  12. Patroklos

    Patroklos Deity

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    Quality is also a mesure relative to the price you pay mind you. For the price I pay for them some of my Chinese goods have fantastic quality.
     
  13. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    No, that's a bad definition. Quality is quality.
     
  14. CavLancer

    CavLancer This aint fertilizer

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    Hayward Pool Supplies

    There's a Chinese owned resort with a pool on the other side of Tagbilaran, Bohol. The owners went with Hayward instead of a Chinese company because they wanted reliable equipment.
     
  15. ajsciri4

    ajsciri4 Warlord

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    Just two companies:
    1. Bose
    2. TOP RAMEN!

    To me, this is kind of like saying, "This is only $1. If I can use it for a month without it breaking, it's a quality item."
    Now, if you're selling that next to a $5 item that should last you for life, it doesn't look like quality anymore...
     
  16. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    What? Bose is known for making overpriced junk... I listed several reputable American speaker companies in my first post in the thread.
     
  17. Bugfatty300

    Bugfatty300 Buddha Squirrel

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    Ironically all their handguns are made in Brazil and Croatia by local companies. Good guns though.

    It is funny see the gnashing of teeth when an All-American crying eagle type gun owner finds out that his "American" gun is Brazilian and that Springfield Armory, Inc and the famous armory in Springfield, Mass. aren't remotely related other than the the name.:lol:
     
  18. Nobody

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    Blizzard, Rockstar
     
  19. Brighteye

    Brighteye intuitively Bayesian

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    Merrell makes good walking gear.
    There are a few poncy clothing companies that are American.
    Hewlett-Packard seems respected.
     
  20. Patroklos

    Patroklos Deity

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    Is it an American company? Yes. Does it matter where the grunt work is done? Nope. I am more concerned with where the engineering of a product is done in all cases anyway, there is no Western country whose top manufactures do not rely on ouside parts.

    Springfield arms is most famous for their custom 1911 shop and all it's M1A rifle, all wholly domestic operations.

    I personally use Sig Sauer, awesome weapons.
     

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