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LuggageWorks starting to make their products in CHINA

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I own two LuggageWorks suitcases, the 22" and 26". I have had them for years and they have held up well. I recently purchased a LuggageWorks "stealth duffle." When this arrived, the first thing I noticed was an overwhelming disgusting chemical factory smell. Then, I noticed the fabric didn't quite seem the same as the other LW products I own. I looked in the bag, and was surprised to see a "Made in China" tag. Upon further inspection, it is obvious that the zippers and the linings to the zippers are cheap crap that I am willing to bet will break in short order.

I am sad to see that LW is abandoning their long held quality standards. I highly recommend sending a note to LW to urge them to not sell out the good name of their products to Chinese manufacturing.

info@luggageworksonline.com

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Rez O. Lewshun

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It is sad. It is a great product. Just like Master Lock company and Levis' jeans.... LW is or soon will be made overseas.

Sending an email to LW is NOT the solution. I am sure they want to continue USA made just like you do.

The problem is not enough Americans care if their Levi's jeans or Master locks are made in the USA. And our gov't isn't willing to give tax breaks and incentives for LW, Levis' and Mastor Lock to stay in the US.

So your issue is really with every American out there that economically loves cheap China and supports a gov't that supports cheap China so Americans are happy... (thus the cycle).

The other issues is the decline in buying power of the last 9 years. Americans have to buy the cheap chinese crap. They can't afford to to buy American, which would help other Americans keep their jobs, which would help everyone.... another damaging cycle....
 

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........

And our gov't isn't willing to give tax breaks and incentives for LW, Levis' and Mastor Lock to stay in the US.

So your issue is really with every American out there that economically loves cheap China and supports a gov't that supports cheap China so Americans are happy... (thus the cycle).

Well, you started to get it right. But then, you blamed Americans. Of course everyone wants the best value at the lowest price. The answer is your first statement (tax breaks, incentives), not the second.
 

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The problem is "free trade". Free trade in theory is a good idea, but when you trade with countries that have a far lower standard of human rights and basically have slave labor, it really isn't "Free".
 

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Rez is for the Gubmint and she is here to help!

The problem is not enough Americans care if their Levi's jeans or Master locks are made in the USA. And our gov't isn't willing to give tax breaks and incentives for LW, Levis' and Mastor Lock to stay in the US.

So your issue is really with every American out there that economically loves cheap China and supports a gov't that supports cheap China so Americans are happy... (thus the cycle).

The other issues is the decline in buying power of the last 9 years. Americans have to buy the cheap chinese crap. They can't afford to to buy American, which would help other Americans keep their jobs, which would help everyone.... another damaging cycle....

Surrpriiize,
Surrpriiize,
Surrpriiize, - Gomer Pyle, USMC

Rezbot blames America. You take white guilt and just pour on the coals, don't you honky! I would bet my next unemployment check (mmm, yummy welfare) that you are a frequent submissive client in S+M partays. If not, try that as a less public outlet for your self-loathing, sickazz.

If only the Gubmint would make things right?!?! You are truly off your nut! It is humbling to know that my vote each year can only cancel out your own, and no more.

Jump, and Shroom, great points!
 

Rez O. Lewshun

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Well, you started to get it right. But then, you blamed Americans. Of course everyone wants the best value at the lowest price. The answer is your first statement (tax breaks, incentives), not the second.


Yes, Americans for not being participatory in their country, lives and government.

When American citizens don't participate in the decisions made by elected leaders, leaders usually do what is best for them or their special interests.

If Americans were much more participatory, then the outsourcing of American jobs to China could have been reduced....

You like American jobs going to China?
 

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The vast majority of Americans are dumb sheep. Even accounting for my misantropic views, it's still an objective reality. Don't expect the hoi polloi to save us from anything. They're too dependant on the system coyly paved by the upper echelons to retain the power and control of the systems movement.

The Golden Rule:

He who holds the gold, rules.

He who pays the piper, calls the tune.

C'est la vie.
 

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The problem is not enough Americans care if their Levi's jeans or Master locks are made in the USA. And our gov't isn't willing to give tax breaks and incentives for LW, Levis' and Mastor Lock to stay in the US.

Many of us on the right side of the aisle would like to reduce taxes on business...It's your side of the aisle that wants to raise taxes on business....

We have the second highest corporate tax rate in the world....How about we reduce that.....
 

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you got it..... and ignorance is bliss....

There is a lot of ignorance....all around...

However many of us who do get involved have different opinions on how to improve things.....You can't blame it all on ignorance....
 

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I just looked at the LW duffle bag I bought from the stop over store over 3 years ago, it was made in china. So this is nothing new.
 

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Our government has no accountability. It just spends and spends. Our officials are given raises to keep up with inflation. If the tax payers' money is not enough to cover it, the government just goes into more debt. The government is now just giving money to corporations to fix mistakes of the multi-millionares that run these corporations. It is a dishonest world, and laborers get sh*t on. For those of you not sure what we are, we are laborers.
 

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Our government has no accountability. It just spends and spends. Our officials are given raises to keep up with inflation. If the tax payers' money is not enough to cover it, the government just goes into more debt. The government is now just giving money to corporations to fix mistakes of the multi-millionares that run these corporations. It is a dishonest world, and laborers get sh*t on. For those of you not sure what we are, we are laborers.

Some folks sleepwalk through life with a syndrome (not really a syndrome, but more a sociological concept) called a "false consciousness."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_consciousness


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Socialism for the Rich

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By Robert Scheer


December 10, 2008


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Robert Scheer is the editor of Truthdig, where this article originally appeared. His latest book is The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America(Twelve).
Let the record show that it was George W. Bush, the rich Texas Republican, who brought socialism to America, so don't blame it on that African-American Chicago Democrat community organizer who made it into the White House. The government takeover of the banking and automobile industries not only happened on President Bush's watch, it was also the deregulatory mania of this president's family, beginning with his father, which took this country into such starkly unfamiliar territory.





What a betrayal of free-market capitalism. And who would have thought that it would be the candidates backed by conservative pundits Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh who made it possible? You actually could trace the destruction of corporate capitalism to the much-ballyhooed "Reagan Revolution" of the movie actor who got his main training for the presidency as a huckster for General Electric, where he honed the message of "getting government off our backs." The revolution of unfettered corporate capitalism led to an era of unfettered corporate greed, which sowed the seeds of its own destruction.



True, the Democrats deserve much blame. The Wall Street runaway wouldn't have happened if President Bill Clinton hadn't cheered it on. The Great Triangulator provided seamless continuity between the administrations of the two Bushes in systematically dismantling the proven regulatory system, introduced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, that saved capitalism from itself during the Great Depression. The danger with the incoming Democratic president is that Barack Obama has turned to some of the Clinton alums, most prominently former Clinton treasury secretary Lawrence Summers, to get us out of the mess that the Clinton administration worked mightily to create.
At least in the auto bailout there is some talk from the Democrats that the failed corporate leaders must be fired as a condition of salvaging their corporate entities--and stock options. Both political parties are tougher in the auto bailout than they were in the Wall Street rescue, but what do you expect when leadership on this issue is coming from Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson? Like Robert Rubin, Clinton's first treasury secretary and now Obama confidante, Paulson came to government service immediately after heading up Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street powerhouse at the epicenter of the banking collapse. For the key practitioners of America's brave new game of corporate socialism, failure has its own lush reward.
It's enough to drive one back to the invisible hand of Adam Smith. Personally, I would rather we took our chances these days with letting the corporations sink or swim on their own without government interference. If tough love was good enough for troubled families cut off the public dole by Clinton's welfare reform, which summarily ended the federal poverty program, why have a poverty program for troubled corporations?


Forget saving the auto companies; let them become Japanese- or South Korean-owned, but sweeten the deal with US government guarantees of extended unemployment insurance, health care, retirement plan protection and job retraining for laid-off autoworkers. Be generous on the worker end, and figure out ways to reclaim the big bucks from the banking and auto moguls who ripped off the American dream. The only reason the moguls are not going to jail for their shenanigans is that they got their supplicants in Congress from both parties to rewrite the laws to legalize activities that should have been judged as crimes.
If we are to have an expansion of government on this scale, we should start with extending health coverage to all Americans rather than with government bureaucrats micromanaging auto companies. Government-insured health care works. All the doctors I see want me to be on Medicare, and not one of them is eager to deal with the medical insurance provided to me as a retiree after thirty years of employment by the Los Angeles Times--insurance now threatened by my once-proud capitalist employer seeking bankruptcy protection. A protection, incidentally, that a bipartisan congressional majority made much more difficult for individuals to use when we get in personal financial trouble.
With the exception of my years as an undergraduate, when I sorted mail late into the night at the post office near Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal, I have never been on the public payroll. Thanks to the Reagan Revolution, and its endgame of socialism for the rich, we all may end up on the public dole, scrambling for droppings from a too heavily laden nationalized table. Socialism for the rich is not the way to go
 

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When this arrived, the first thing I noticed was an overwhelming disgusting chemical factory smell. Then, I noticed the fabric didn't quite seem the same as the other LW products I own. I looked in the bag, and was surprised to see a "Made in China" tag.

I know the EXACT smell you are talking about, because I have been noticing it on a number of things lately, from sweaters to hard plastic items, to all kinds of things...it is like a fuel smell, and NOTHING can be done to make it go away.

I've begun wondering if, rather than the smell being from a factory, if this stuff isn't purposely doused with something. Make it's paranoid but perhaps drugs are shipped within huge bins of this crap, and that smell fakes out dogs? Then as an added bonus they sell the disgusting stuff its shipped with.

I hope something is done soon, because again, this smell is on a lot of different things and I've only noticed it in the past couple months...

It is sad. It is a great product. Just like Master Lock company and Levis' jeans....

The problem is not enough Americans care if their Levi's jeans or Master locks are made in the USA.

I care!
I guess I just realized the hard way that Levi's are now cheap crap. Think about the normal Levi's with thick, strong material....You never really notice...at least I didn't until recently when I pulled them up from a belt loop (got a bit loose), BARELY tugging it and it ripped! I don't even mean the belt loop broke either....the loop pulled a hole into a piece of fabric! I then tried the other side (again carefully)...SAME thing happened. That's when I realized that yeah, the material is not at all like my previous pairs.

It's sad, I do my best to buy USA, but it is downright almost impossible for so many things...not just cost, but availability...everything is made in China, India, or Indonesia these days.
 

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F--- China.

F--- their undervalued currency

F--- their lack of human rights

F--- their work rules and low wages

F--- US govt for not protecting US manufacturing jobs

F--- US companies for caring more about their stock and shareholders instead of their own workers

and F--- the many of us here that don't care about local made.
 

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Well, you started to get it right. But then, you blamed Americans. Of course everyone wants the best value at the lowest price.

Personally, I'd rather pay more for a quality product. I'd say that if you drive anything more than an Yugo and wear anything other than sweat pants, you agree.

If Americans are not to blame for nothing being made in America anymore, then who is? The French? Fidel?

Everyone is a proponent of personal responsibility yet for some reason freak out when it is suggested that Americans are personally responsible for the problems of Americans.
 

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Here is the response from Luggage Works:



Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry concerning LuggageWorks bags.

We are proud of the fact that we are the ONLY U.S. luggage company that actually makes and assembles pilot rolling bags in the USA.

The rumor you heard may relate to the fact that we started having Flight Attendant luggage made overseas about 2-3 years ago. The reason for this is that we simply could not compete with other companies that import these bags if we were to make them in the USA. The same is true for some of our accessory bags. Our costs for such items as duffels, totes, and lunch pails would be two to three times as high were they to be made in the USA. Our experience is that the market simply will not bear such a price level.

You should also know that we have exacting standards on our Flight Attendant and accessory bags that are made overseas. Even with these standards, we still perform a 100% quality inspection in our U.S. factory before these bags are shipped to the customer. We know our competitors do not perform quality inspections in the USA.

Again, thank you for your inquiry. We look forward to being of service to you again in the future.


Regards,


CF
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Thats a bunch of horse hockey from LW....
 
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