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  •  Did you know that the iconic ... (33+ / 0-)

    ... American cookware brand - Revere (as in Paul, one if by land, etc) - now belongs to an Indonesian company & is made overseas? It's still pretty good stuff, but the classic copper bottom has been replaced with an aluminum disk that can occasionally separate from the pan bottom entirely.

    I have what's left of my mother's set of Revereware from the 1950s - FAR better products.

    But then, WTF do *I* know? I'm merely an AIDS carrying, child molesting, dog fucking, marriage busting, Christian hating, clueless privileged white male faggot!

    by The Werewolf Prophet on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 12:20:53 PM PST

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    •  I have my mother's old revere pots & pans (7+ / 0-)

      And they are nothing like the new ones.  I bought a newer revere pot but everything sticks on the bottom and it warped.  Totally useless.  I still use her old ones - nice and heavy.

    •  How about Radio Flyer? (4+ / 0-)

      That Norman Rockwell brand that makes sleds, trikes and red wagons for kids is now Made in China. The material is cheap, the wheels don't balance each other. Its just become another crappy product with a distinctive color and name.

      "YOPP!" --Horton Hears a Who

      by Reepicheep on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 04:30:28 PM PST

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    •  I've got mom's Revereware too. (2+ / 0-)
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      greenalley, JesseCW

      She bought it around '59 or '60. I've got a skillet on the stove right now, waiting to sizzle some venison loin. It's beautifully seasoned, and in great shape. It's made me into a real pot and pan snob. Only other cookware worth a shit is an iron skillet and/or dutch oven.

    •  I have a set of Revereware (2+ / 0-)
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      Panda, greenalley

      from when I was in college in the 1970s.  Still works great. My mom got rid of a lot of hers from the 50s but she still has at least one piece.

      Everything I hear about the new stuff is that it is crap.

    •  The legal brands are all pirate goods (8+ / 0-)

      in the end and vice versa. The Chinese don't have to pirate much of American made stuff anymore... The same plant that makes the "American" brands are often the ones that also pirate it... and after a while they buy the brand and merge the pirate and the legal... after step by step outsourcing by US companies until the subcontractors in the Orient buy up the identity to go along with the reality that they make it all over there.

      Consumers forgot or never knew they were driving a rush to the lowest cheapest quality and the company owners and leveraged buyout mad, bean counters rewarded themselves by gutting and and selling off wholesale all the quality and identity of a century of American manufacturing.

      Germany wrecked from 2 world wars has still managed to rebuild and retain much of their own quality and identity in what they produce. And in the end the difference is in the US the war against labor unions has obsessed big capital for years till now that they have almost succeeded entirely in stripping unions of any real power. And now that this myopic quarterly bottom line mentality and hostility to paying a living wage has contributed to the ghastly economic implosion they remain puzzled at the havoc around them as they drag the temple of prosperity down with them.

      In Germany they continue to work with unions and don't seem to be driven to hollow out the manufacturing base and sucking unsustainable profiteering out of it.

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie

      by IreGyre on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 04:54:37 PM PST

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