Shipping is not expensive. How a Steel Box Changed the World.

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Submitted by FlyerInHi on January 28, 2018 - 10:05pm

I never believed in the "buy local" trend.
To me, a product is just a physical product. As long as the quality is good, and the price iow, more of that product is good for mankind and living standards.

I still remember my first economics professor who said a that a widget is a widget.

WSJ. How a steel box changed the world.

Submitted by njtosd on January 29, 2018 - 9:31am.

Depends on which mankind you’re talking about and which standards:

Submitted by FlyerInHi on January 29, 2018 - 2:05pm.

njtosd wrote:
Depends on which mankind you’re talking about and which standards:

That’s pretty sad. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

I’ve always been fascinated by trade. The port of Hamburg is awesome. They are building a been port in Greece to serve Eastern Europe. And there are new Silk Road trains coming.

Cities shoukd compete more to build infrastructure to improve commerce and Iives.

Submitted by Escoguy on January 31, 2018 - 10:56pm.

We ship containers of machines everyday from our factory in North County.

Pretty amazing actually, goes to Japan, Italy, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, Chile, etc on a daily basis.

Freight costs aren't expensive when you consider what is happening for a moment.

Submitted by Hobie on February 1, 2018 - 5:01am.


Submitted by scaredyclassic on February 1, 2018 - 8:37am.

I bought a MATTRESS off amazon for 100$ with shipping.

who knows where it came from.

I always feel like it had to cost more money to get items here than I pay...but apparently not.

Submitted by CA renter on February 6, 2018 - 10:40pm.

njtosd wrote:
Depends on which mankind you’re talking about and which standards:

Some people (ahem...Brian) don't worry about the damage we cause in other countries. They often tout the "benefits" of constantly upgrading things (especially electronics)...replacing sometimes new-ish items that will find their way to landfills and dumps.

Some people think that planned obsolescence is a good thing.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on February 7, 2018 - 1:59pm.

I am a zen minimalist. You should see my condo. There is nothing in there. Cleaner than the Apple store.

But I did get a new big 4K TV and a new receiver.

I’m talking not so much about consumption but about innovation and humankind’s ability to fulfill our needs (deliver goods) for cheap. What we do with that power is up to us. If things cost relatively nothing, then we can be happy.

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