Re: F----K China... shop for American goods.
Yes, we here in the U.S. certainly do suffer from the WalMart effect. Convenience and one-stop shopping is the way to go for many.
Americans do discard or sell for cheap a lot of good stuff. I've a couple of young family members who were able to furnish nearly an entire apartment from stuff from thrift stores and garage sales.
Glad to hear that Brazil is still producing textiles, especially the shoes.
Not many textiles made here in the Pac. Northwest. A lot of airplanes, though, and military contracts for weapons manufacturing, as well as computer software.
Interesting that goods used to go through Brazil via other countries, and now goes there directly. Perhaps the multinationals make more money if there isn't a second party to pay.