June 8, 2011

AD Hardware...

by Chris Randall

We made an update to the Audio Damage store today. This will be mostly transparent to you guys, as we added the ability for the store to query the USPS for true shipping prices and apply those to orders that contain mailed goods. The only differences you'll note are that the "Merchandise" category is now "Hardware," and in it, ironically, is some merchandise.

The Audio Damage BotShirt and Stickers are now available for purchase. The shirt is $15 plus actual shipping costs, and the stickers are 2 for $2.00, free shipping.


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Jun.12.2011 @ 11:24 PM
I know it must be hard, I've spent a lot of time looking for made in the U.S. clothes. God knows I'm not any sort of patriot these days, but I do want to slow our descent into third world status. You've got to put your money where your mouth is. I'm tempted to buy a shirt, even though I'm not much of a t-shirt guy.

I wish some companies would just give a choice and say "this particular line of jeans are made in the US, they're going to cost you more if you're into that". I had no idea Lucky jeans were ever made in this country. The Canadians sort of have that together.


Jun.12.2011 @ 11:40 PM
Chris Randall
I have 7 pair of "Made In Los Angeles" Lucky Jeans. They cost between $90 and $125 as recently as early last year. Now, they're like $75, and I see 'em at CostCo for $39, but I haven't seen a "Made In Los Angeles" pair in some time. I've been looking, too, because it's time for new jeans.

But as you say, I don't mind paying more. I expect 'em to cost more, because even a minimum wage worker here makes as much in an hour as some tween girl in Mexico makes in a day (or a week.)


Jun.13.2011 @ 10:21 AM
really great that CR took the time to find USA shirts. i try to buy 'merican clothes when possible. for a while i was buying levi's "capital e" jeans which were made in the states, but AFAIK they are discontinued. really tough to find anything in stores, but here are a few that i've tried on or bought over the interwebs...

skinny jeans:
link [www.agavedenim.co...]
link [www.earnestsewn.co...]

jeans and shirts:
link [www.matixclothing.co...]

regular/baggy jeans:
link [www.certifiedjean.co...]

carpenter jeans:
link [www.pointerbrand.co...]

biker jeans:
link [www.gussetclothng.co...]

work clothes etc:
link [www.unionlabel.co...]

link [www.billskhakis.co...]

formal wear:
link [shop.oconnellscng.co...]

haven't tried these guys yet, but looks promising:
link [www.allamericanng.co...]

thx for crankin out USA made products chris, both digital and otherwise...


Jun.13.2011 @ 5:55 PM
I second that... Intelligent small business is one thing that will help save this country's ass... And, I'm very much looking forward to the next "utility" pluton... iOS just had to make 'plugin' into 'pluton'!

Jun.14.2011 @ 4:53 AM
I'm looking forward to my shirt too, but you have no idea how strange your "american" comments sound to someone outside the USA. Audio Damage produce wonderful objects but I really couldn't care which country they come from...



Jun.14.2011 @ 1:20 PM
Chris Randall
This would definitely be an odd conversation to anyone that lived in a country that hadn't lost a huge manufacturing base in recent memory (e.g. the UK or the USA.)

The general rule of thumb, and this has been true since the mid 80s, but really took off in the mid 90s with NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, is that things that are made here in the US, or in the UK or Portugal (the other two main sources of Quality, as far as American consumers are concerned) are of a far better workmanship than the shit you can buy in China, and of far better materials. This comes with a much higher price tag, though, for reasons that should be obvious.

So we justify what is, for all intents and purposes, a nonsensical purchase (I can buy eight pairs of Mexican-made Levis, with denim made from Brazilian cotton, for what I would pay for a single pair of one of the boutique American brands) with words like "patriotism" and "style." But really, it's the same neurons that make a Euro rack modular seem like a good idea.


Jun.14.2011 @ 4:15 PM
I won't speak to any global USA versus non-USA manufacturing issues, but I have noticed a marked decline in Levi's quality since the manufacturing went to Mexico. I still have a fair number of Levi's 501s made in the US around 1999, and apart from the blown out knees (which happens to all of my pants) they are still holding together. The Mexican made 501s I bought a few years ago lasted a few months at most, and ripped in strange places, usually along a seam, but not at the seam. The fabric just isn't the same quality it used to be.

Jun.14.2011 @ 6:44 PM
I have no illusions that Americans are the only people that can make decent jeans (or whatever else). I'm concerned about the people around me having jobs. And the country not going hell. I don't want to move. When I move to another country I will fully promote buying their products.

When companies start making things in China or Mexico, I'm sure they also tell them to make a shittier product, for the same reasons, to save money. The foreign companies don't just decide "hey, let's make ours worse than the American version". They produce the quality they're told to, at the price point they're told to meet.

The last time I was in Vancouver there were "Made in Canada" tags on all kinds of things, and they would mention it in the stores. I needed to buy a guitar case and the only one that would fit was fairly expensive. When I said something about the price the clerk just looked at me and said "It's made in Canada". Fair enough, I bought it. It is a nice case.


Jun.14.2011 @ 6:50 PM
Now we've had a William Gibson novel about all this I'm hoping his next will mention Audio Damage.

Jun.14.2011 @ 8:21 PM
Chris Randall
I'm basically exactly with bongo_x. It isn't some sort of nationalism that drives this behavior. It's a preference for a certain quality of life and the desire for the community I live in to do well, and for me to exhibit my support for that community at the means I'm able to do so. If I were able to run for office, I'd probably do that, but since I can't (various run-ins with my country's legal system, mostly) and I can afford expensive jeans, well...

For what it's worth, I also have never in my life owned a vehicle that wasn't 100% made here. (A lot of the smaller American cars are actually made in Mexico, as it happens.)

But as bongo_x said, if I lived in Marseilles or Tuscany, I'd try to buy things made in France or Italy. It's just proper. Buying local is better for your community, for the environment, and for yourself.


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