would you pay an extra $58 for a US made ipod?

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Yes! Of course.

The manufacturing middle class is disappearing in North America as their jobs head overseas - nothing new here. Witness the fact that the top 400 richest Americans now have more wealth than the bottom 50% of Americans combined! This is crazy. Responding to lower and lower pricing, without regard to other factors may be attractive in the short term, but over the long haul is decimating the middle class.

Not to mention, when you send your dollars overseas, you are supporting questionable environmental practices, unfair labour practices, and undemocratic political regimes - and on and on. Spending more on North American produced goods means you are supporting all that we have grown to love and expect from a good and democratic culture.

What can you do? Go shop on Etsy right now! It feels good - the money you spend goes to resurrecting a manufacturing middle class. There you will find earnest, hardworking and admirable North Americans who are heralding in a new era of American Craftsmanship. Vote for change with your dollars. You may not change the world, but you help change it for one person.


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