If you visit big box stores like BJs, Costco and WalMart, no matter where you walk outside the food aisle you are going to find some really low cost products. Izod shirts for $16. Patio furniture for $399. Plastic hose winders for $14. Most of this stuff shares one thing in common. It has a shelf life of about 3 months. Then it will be put out with the trash. You just know the colors will fade, the nylon unravel, the legs will be uneven and the handles fall off.
When all this stuff — imported from other countries, stuff that low earning families buy to fill the American dream — breaks, they go out and buy more. Because it’s so cheap. When the new administration puts a border tax on this “stuff,” adding, who knows, 40% more to the price, what will people do? No longer will they be able to send their kids out in the snow in a $22 ski jacket.
It will change consumerism. It will force to people to spend more wisely. On better quality. I will force makers of dreck to become makers of goods. (There’s a reason they were once called goods.)
This isn’t a political statement. It’s a quality statement. We need more quality. We need less crap in the land fill. Less is more.