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U.S. World Trade Deficit

Donald Trump speaks of this quite frequently and references China along with Mexico etc etc. I'm retired, not a business owner so never had any personal experience with this until recently. Over the years I've typically shopped price and still do. But over approximately the last 15 years Taiwan is seen less frequently and I see more Chinese products and have had more problems with them from a quality and durability stand point.

I was shopping recently for a new helmet to use when riding my ATV. I had been using my original Suzuki Cavalcade motorcycle helmet from 1986 and it was shot. Now I won't buy something on the I Net that comes directly from China but I missed that on my replacement helmet purchase . It was shipped direct and I had it in 7 days. Now this is listed as DOT approved, is a modular with retractable Inner dark sun shield and clear flip up outter shield plus the modular flip up jaw. Saw quite a few dealers handling this particular brand and model sold at a broad range of prices, with or without free shipping. Paid $54.99 for it which included free shipping (missed it was coming direct from China). As rec'd it was defective, Inner shield was not assembled correctly and would not retract. After multiple communications with China they agreed to a refund when I returned it to them. I asked for a prepaid shipping label from them which they could not supply. I took it to the post office and found out the cheapest USPS price would be $37.50 and they could not give any idea as to when it would arrive at the destination.

I started doing some searching On the I net and found out that China sending items here through mail service costs hardly anything compared to us sending to them. I estimate they paid around $5.00 to get it to me and in 7 days.

So now I have a much better idea of part of the reason for the U.S. trade deficit. (besides the cheap labor)


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1974 530 Custom II
1975 SS250
1975 TX 340
1976 TX 440
1978 TXL 340
1979 TXL 340
1979 Centurion 500
1980 TXL Indy
1981 Indy 500
1984 600 LE
1986 Trail Indy SP
1986 600 SE
1988 400 SKS
1989 Indy 650 (bought 3)
1990 Original RXL
1992 500 EFI SKS
1993 RXL SKS
1995 RXL
1997 Ultra Touring
1998 Indy 500
1998 500 Classic touring
2001 800 XC/SP (2 )
2002 550 Classic
2002 800 XC/SP
2002 800 Vertical Edge
2005 900 Fusion
2006 600 H.O Fusion
2006 900 Fusion
1974 440 Electra
2008 600 CFI LX
2008 FST LX
2008 D7 RMK 163
09 D6 Swbk
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