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  •  But when I buy it... (2+ / 0-)
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    Debby, luvmovies2000

    I want it because of the craftsmanship.

    I don't buy a lot of crystal, but I do have some, and I do buy it on occasion for special gifts.

    Waterford is quality craftsmanship; I know when I buy it that I'm getting what I paid for.

    There are a few other names like this -- Kosta Boda, Orrefors, Lalique, for example.  I can buy them and feel comfortable knowing the craftsmanship that went into these.

    The names connote a specialness, suitable for once-in-a-lifetime presents for weddings, births, graduations, but the names are tightly bound up in their craftsmen.

    I won't buy Waterford if it's made in Asia; it will no longer be special, just another commodity.  Moving to Asia is so damaging to their brand, I can't even begin to imagine how stupid management would have to be to contemplate doing this.

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