Originally Posted by lloydsmale
they could get there scopes without covers on the elevation and windage ajustments and just put those on and claim assembled in the USA. But i guess who cares. The only made in the usa scopes left are leupold and burris and theres even questions now if they truely are. I dont know of a US company that makes scope lenses so at least those are probably sorced from overseas. Ive allways been one that preached buy US made products but even buying a chev or ford anymore is no guarantee of that. Even harley davidson isnt totaly made up of parts that were made in the good old USA. Id guess about the only thing you can buy anymore that is totaly made in america is a box of corn flakes
There are still quite a few 'Made in America' from domestically sourced materials.... www.madeinusa.com
I think thats it, website, that is.
Harley Davidson isn't even close (to domestically sourced parts and assemblies). Most of the bike is offshored parts. Castings are made in India, wheels, China, forks Japan, electrics Japan and Taiwan. It's assembled here but certainly not made here in the true sense of the word and I find their advertising to be very misleading. Even the sheetmetal (tanks, fenders and tins are offshored).
Leupold and Stevens is extremely cagy about intrinsic component sourcing. I imagine that most internals are offshored. They aren't saying and never have but I know it's not B&L because you and I can't afford domestic glass and there are lens manufacturers here, B&L for one and another in California but certainly not for consumer optics. We all know that glass from LOE Japan is excellent. I'll take LOE anytime.
I will give the automakers credit in one respect and that is, auto manufacturers list the percentage of foreign content versus domestic, something I believe should apply to ALL products for the consumer.
I just checked my last Nikon that I got for my muzzleloader. Phillipenes. In essence, thats domestic, but not really.
The reason optic manufacturers (for the most part) offer lifetime replacement/repair is they don't repair anything (Leupold and Stevens is an exception that I know of) but lets say most. They get your defective scope back and replace it with another, new scope and if it's a discontinued model, replace it with a comparable one because that defective scope went to the landfill...in the garbage. The markup is extreme so throaway's are an accepted fact of doing business.
I'd be willing to bet hard cash that the markup on optics is in the area of 45% plus, maybe more on desired optics, like Night Force. Manufacturers and reps constantly watch competitiors pricing and price their offerings accordingly. It matters not what the item cost to produce or import, it's what the market will bear (in pricing) thats the governing factor. Good example is Leupold's LE buying discount which is typically 30% off retail to LE's. They are still making money, just a bigger pile on the non discounted consumer.
There is one thing thats still made here, everyday and thats BABIES.