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What Brands Are You Loyal To?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by ORD_Buckeye, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    Because, off-season.

    What brands have you been loyal to for years and multiple purchases. A few for me:

    Barbour Coats
    Allen Edmunds Shoes
    All-Clad, Staub and Wusthoff in the kitchen
    Room & Board furniture

    All consistently high quality goods that haven't been off-shored to low wage countries for manufacture.
  2. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    See, its shit like this that finds me on Ebay in the wee hours of the morning buying 70 year old shit that wasn't made in China.

    Are Taiwan and Japan low wage countries these days?
  3. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    Japan certainly isn't and probably never was given their culture of attempting to perfect everything.

    If we're talking vintage then I'd certainly need to add Griswold and Wagner, old made in Troy OH Hobart-owned Kitchenaid mixers, vintage Gillette safety razors, my late 40s Sunbeam Coffeemaster, and the glory that was the Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree Company of Manitowac, Wisconsin.
  4. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    You know, one of the strangest (from a global supply chain perspective) things I have... and my wife has succeeded in me getting rid of some bikes, but I'll never part with this one... is I've got a Schwinn (Chicago Headbadged) but actually manufactured in Greenville, Mississippi... BUT the raw tubes for the frameset are Italian (Columbus) as was the stem and bars (Cinelli) and then its got a full Shimano Sante Groupset - obviously Japanese. Obviously that model didn't work for Schwinn... that bike was pushing a grand in 1988 dollars. But, if you have a carbon road bike now, I mean, its from Taiwan, there's no way around it. Mine got shipped to Italy for a really nice paint job after that though. I would like to do a Waterford one day and have them build it for me.

    Yeah, so I didn't feel like "Winchester pre-1954" was a brand loyalty answer. (The new Kitchen Aid Mixers are made in France, no? At least mine was... uh... I.. think?)

    Oh, got one - St. Croix Fishing Rods, Park Falls Wisconsin. (though they are doing some asia stuff now too, but its usually obviously marked)
  5. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    Kitchenaid are "assembled" in Michigan I believe but with a heaping dose of Chinese parts with the cheaper ones having nylon gears.
  6. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin
    According to this all stand mixers are assembled in Greenville ohio. (With some caveats as to parts sourcing)

    Huh. Ok.

    Now, mine is rock solid, but we don't use it all that much but... 20 years later....

    Now... I also have a food processor (which is ok, but I had to do a nylon part refit to it, but my wife does kick the shit out if it) and a blender... And that thing we don't use much, but if we did, it would be dead by now.
  7. buckeyebri

    buckeyebri 40 Days in the Hole

    Charles Tyrwhitt shirts. Love going to the Chicago store.
  8. buckeyeintn

    buckeyeintn Senior

  9. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

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  10. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    Aqua velva?
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  11. scarletmike

    scarletmike Researching the Magic!

    Sony for camera bodies, and Nike for regular socks and shoes. I must have really bad luck with every other pair of non-Nike socks I get, because they get holes quickly, but the Nikes last much longer through the miles I put on them. Other than that, I guess maybe Apple, but that's less out of "loyalty" than just preferring what they offer in the products I get. The only reason I gas up at Wawa 99% of the time is because they're the only chain around here with working mobile payment readers (not using my physical card at gas stations anymore if I can avoid it).
  12. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    Jif peanut butter.
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  13. OSU_Buckguy

    OSU_Buckguy Senior

    preparation h
  14. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    tOSU, Marvel, Kirkland Signature
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  15. Fungo Squiggly

    Fungo Squiggly Mortal enemy of all things Bucky Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion '18 Keeper League Champ '18 BPCFFB II Champ

    Fancy ass motherfuckers. Aldi and Southwest for this miser.

    I did get tired of walking holes in my shoes in less than a year and picked up a pair of Allen Edmunds last fall. Will report back in a year when they've fallen apart at the seam like every other pair of shoes I own.
    OHSportsFan and scarletmike like this.

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