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  •  My thoughts exactly. (15+ / 0-)

    Although it doesn't do to move a traditional Irish business to Asia, let alone any other manufacturing business, I can tell you that out of the five shops that used to sell Waterford here, none have survived. The only place that even offers it is Macy's at the mall, and you have to order it there from a book. They don't even stock samples anymore.

    My mother had some beautiful pieces that would bounce rainbows off the neighbor's windows. What that 15-inch tall, quarter-inch thick, fully-cut lead crystal vase is now worth I shudder to think, but I didn't inherit it because I had no use for it.

    Sales of traditional luxury goods will continue to decline as tastes and lifestyles change. How many of you have bought a sterling baby cup or spoon lately?

    It isn't the goods themselves that must necessarily change--as a craftsperson I know that all trends become passe--it is the craft itself, and global marketing strategy and capitalism that must change. The world cannot make more stuff after we use it all up, markets cannot continue to grow, and people would still buy Waterford if they were getting married in traditional ways, and heaven knows there will be extravagent weddings for years to come; but because couples now more often list at Crate and Barrel and Target than Tiffany's means that the craft itself needs to change. Waterford needs to regroup and redesign. The Irish can handle it. But they can't handle the company moving to Asia.

    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

    by crose on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 12:36:25 PM PST

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    •  Silver and crystal (19+ / 0-)

      I use my great grandmothers silver and use her Waterford celery goblet. I know many people who have replaced or "upgraded" glassware and flatware (not crystal and silver) enough times to have bought place settings for 24 of good stuff. (Most Americans throw out enough plastic flatware to buy a few pieces each year.) In environmental science, I tell my students that I am glad that my great-grandmother didn't get up from the table and throw her dishes in the trash after each meal.

      I still give sterling baby spoons and forks; I use my baby cup to hold cotton swabs on my dressing table.

      Is the visual joy of beautiful crystal useless?

      I see no point in buying Asian made crystal. But I will buy Chinese porcelain. Deloitte doesn't understand that it is not just the name - it is the quality.

      •  Agree one-hundred percent... (15+ / 0-)

        ...worked for a high-end capital goods manufacturer for many years in int'l group through 90s big push was pacific rim asia. Our name preceded us and enhanced our success. When we opened factories in China, many clients/customers stated a strong preference for the USA built understanding is that attitude is still alive today...especially when the product is essential to the projects successful operation. Waterford crystal is an icon of crystal products. They need to get the Irish govt to ban the use of the Waterford name by the offshore 'waterford' crystal manufacturer.

        Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

        by kalihikane on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 02:50:57 PM PST

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        •  Yes, I feel the same way. (10+ / 0-)

          Waterford brand would lose everything it once meant if it was suddenly made in China.

          Memo to Waterford: "Made in China" now means this to people:

          1)it it poorly made, it is made with cheap components and it will fall apart more rapidly.

          2)It might contain hidden hazards you don't know about, like lead and other poisons, and may not be made up to code.

          3)It symbolizes the complete destruction of American manufacturing,and everything that this destruction has cost us as a nation.

          4)It symbolizes the oppression of the Chinese under their Capitalist/Totalitarian state.

          "YOPP!" --Horton Hears a Who

          by Reepicheep on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 04:27:13 PM PST

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      •  I inherited a lot of crystal, fine china... (1+ / 0-)
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        ..tried to give it to daughters, but they weren't interested. So now I'm giving it to granddaughters. I don't bother to ask--it's just what they get for a wedding or graduation present. A little dessert set here, crystal water glasses there... I'm waiting for the first grandson to marry--he gets the monogrammed silver water goblets!

        I have used it over the years--some of it sets a smashing Christmas table--but not much. "Elegance" really has become obsolete.

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