Tuesday, July 19, 2005

New blog site

Folks, Ben started a new site and I joined the site as well. It's about boycotting Chinese goods. The reasons are very simple:
1) Buying from your own country helps you keep your job,
2) China has nukes pointed at us. We simply shouldn't buy from a country that doesn't like us and wants to kill us.
3) From a labor perspective - there's no way we could compete with folks making less than $100 a week.
4) From a Human Rights perspective, I don't think I need to explain how the Chinese government treats their own people.

There are many other reasons, but these are my main ones. Ben may have others. So if you're interested, bookmark the site. At the least, check it out. Ben has done a lot of work with it and so far I'm impressed. China should not have the trade status we currently have with them (Most Favored Nation). It's simply corporate greed and unless you are one of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart or something else along those lines, you are not acting in your best interest buying from China.

Boycott Chinese Goods

16 Comments:

Blogger savage said...

Whatever good it'll do, I offered my services.
-r
PS:
THIS TOWN IS HOT.
I updated KDE whatever it is, too. Basicly complaining about the heat here. We moved over 500 miles North and UP the GAWDDAMNED hill and it didn't get colder.
Punishment from GOD? Proof of Global Warming (as if I needed it) ... Did I die and this is my Hell? (If it is, it is kind of cool that ZS is here. I find him cool and amusing. Too bad he isn't cold. As in "cold to the touch" that'd be a good friend; one with an attached a/c.) But you're leavin', ain't'cha, ZS… oh hell…
-=-

7/19/2005 7:02 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I'll be honest: I haven't clicked on the link (yet). But the prob that I see here is that probably 90% of everything we use and buy comes from China.

That may be a problem.

7/19/2005 8:48 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Will check out the site. Scouts honor!

7/19/2005 11:59 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, you guys did your homework. It'll take me a month to get through all the links there. It is difficult to find anything made in the USA - especially women's clothing (at a reasonable price).

I try my best already to purchase things from the US for many of the reasons you already cited.

7/20/2005 4:35 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

This is one of the reasons I hate Wal-Mart. But with kids, it's so cost-effective, especially since we're still playing "catch-up"due to temporary lay-offs back in March and April.

7/20/2005 7:12 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yep, it's a huge problem for a lot of people. I find the same problem with organic food, etc. I try to buy stuff that is not from giant corporate-owned farms and covered with god knows what chemicals. But it's so expensive. Most people, esp. those with families, can't afford to pay more for a product just because it's American made, or organic, or whatever. Until we break the corporate stranglehold, people will continue to be forced to buy what's cheapest.

7/20/2005 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Michele said...

I checked out the site and admit, I'm daunted. Target? Augh! This will take courage and resolve.
One thing I think should be done, if you do decide to boycott, is to call the store and let them know. Otherwise, the store won't understand why their sales are down.

7/20/2005 8:50 AM  
Blogger dave said...

i'll join the boycott. i never liked panda express anyway.

7/20/2005 10:42 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

All - glad you checked out the site, or are meaning to. ;)

Yeah, I know it's hard to not buy Chinese goods. It's also hard to buy organic. We try when possible, but both Mrs. Zombieslayer and I have had to deal with layoffs and being in between contracts. Not fun, and we've slipped many times.

Good idea about letting the stores know. Nobody likes to lose customers and/or business. Another good thing to mention is their competitor that does sell American products. I think the one thing a business hates more than losing a customer is knowing who they lost their customer to.

7/20/2005 11:11 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Good summary ZS, that's about all I have until I start reading up on the topic more.

7/20/2005 3:30 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

michele- don't call them, let them figure it out on their own. If there's a trend people will figure out what's going on soon enough.

Laura- its only the beginning my dear, I have spent 3 hours linking up sites for companies that support America, I haven't even figured out which companies we need to boycott yet. That will be an ongoing group project.
Red- obviously I'm not going to ask you to put your morals in front of your families good, do it when your financially able to.
Dave- thanks, wanna become a member?

7/20/2005 3:37 PM  
Blogger Kunaxa said...

Can we still eat Chinese food?

I personally don't look at where my purchases were manufactured. Perhaps I should start. I do feel strongly about things such as child labor, etc.

Some NIKE shoes ... anyone?

7/20/2005 8:06 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

I'll sit on the fence and wait and see; how messrs Ben&ZS unfold their masterful plan, to destroy the greedy corporate importers of shoddy goods.

7/21/2005 3:36 AM  
Blogger dave said...

just another reason to boycot china:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&
cid=509&e=2&u=/ap/china_currency

7/21/2005 11:53 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Cultureshocked - Chinese food is usually made by locals, grown locally, except for of course things like baby corn and bamboo shoots. So yes. But agree that child labor is so wrong.

Vest - to destroy the greedy corporate importers of shoddy goods.
Too funny.

Dave - Good article. Thanks. I'll put it in link form. Here it is.

7/21/2005 12:11 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Vest- haha good one, and yeah that pretty much sums it up. It will come at a price for me personally because by doing this I'm going to burn a lot of bridges with conservative buddies that I will not be able to rebuild

7/21/2005 12:26 PM  

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