Archive for September, 2012

Insights for Some of the Best Tools to Purchase

September 14, 2012

Best new tools! What to Buy? Tips for the best new tools out there!

From hatchet to cross-cut saw, multi-tool to hammer, I am going to provide you with 11 products that are a must-have purchase if you want the best for your home and the best for the appliances that you wish to repair this year. Some of these may seem like they are not for you, however, I urge you to take a closer look at what it is that I am writing about. I guarantee that these products will prove useful in some way or fashion and you will not want to miss out on some of these great deals.

Tool Gift Ideas for Men (Under $50)

Black & Decker RRW100 Ratcheting ReadyWrench – If you are on a budget, like most of us, then you are really going to impress the men in your life with some tools that they probably have not thought to actually purchase before. Take a look at the Black & Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench. This top-notch wrench can handle a variety of tasks and saves a lot of time and space by including 16 standard (SAE) and metric (MM) socket sizes into one wrench and its color coded so that it’s simple to use. This tool is ideal for a quick oil change, building and maintaining furniture around the house, or routine maintenance on any appliance that may need it. Best part? A lifetime warranty is included when you purchase this from most suppliers making this product a simple must-have for all occasions.

Fiskars 7884 X27 36-inch Super Splitting Axe – Next up we have this beautiful piece of equipment made for the manly men of your life. Efficient, sharp and lightweight this axe is ideal for splitting a pile of wood quickly without all the back pain that usually is party to such an activity. The design is ergonomic and lightweight so it works with your natural strength to put more power into the head of the axle, which makes it easier to control which allows for better safety applications as well. However, you might be thinking that a lightweight axe has nothing to offer the burlier men of our age, yet one should not be fooled by this sleek appearance. It’s steel blade is designed to last longer than most and it is being advertised as virtually unbreakable, which every mountain man likes to hear.

I leave you with these first two powerhouse tools, and yes, more will come; that are sure to tickle any fancy and will certainly aid greatly in any home repair. So shop wisely, speak softly and carry a “Fiskars Super Splitting Axe!”

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Whirlpool Cries Foul at Foreign Competitors

September 7, 2012

Whirlpool American manufacturing under attack

Keeping in line with their previous claims, Whirlpool spoke with “The Courier” about the practice of “dumping” and how it is hurting their American sales, which they fear will hurt their overall sales internationally. Whirlpool has a significant presence in America, and therefore competitors like LG and Samsung have stepped up their game in order to beat out Whirlpool’s prices. This is not a new song being sung by Whirlpool, but considering this is the third time they have filed complaints, it seems that there is an extreme sense of urgency regarding their foreign competitors.

Who cares? We all should. Whirlpool is still the largest appliance manufacturer in the world and if “dumping” is truly occurring, it does not simply mean that a big corporation will crumble. It means that you, the consumer, will suffer overall. For those that are not aware, the practice of “dumping” is just about as lovely as it sounds. “Dumping” occurs when foreign competitors will sell products at much lower prices than their competitors, however their prices become unfair because they are selling them from different countries with different labor costs, leaving American manufacturing in the dust.

This needs to be seen in the eye of the “snowball effect.” Simply put, if Whirlpool is truly the victim of “dumping” than the industry, which is an international one, will suffer causing international sales to suffer. This perverse lack of competition is not the proper way to under-cut a competitor, and it leaves much to be desired for the consumer. “Dumping” occurs simply to steal customers, weaken one’s competitor, and then raise prices once that competitor is out of business.

Essentially, we need to become aware of where we are buying our products from. It seems so exhausting and possibly trivial to even care however we are in an age where a continued pattern of actions can have lasting effects in the decades to come, with those lasting effects being ones we don’t exactly enjoy. Stay sharp, folks, and keep educating yourself on these practices and just where you are buying your product from.