Shame on you Sears!


bionic wrench

Photo courtesy of John Gress for The New York Times

I have never been much of a fan of Sears.  The lion’s share of what they sell is imported with tons of crap being made in the Middle Kingdom.  Well now I have a new reason to not darken Sears’ doorway.  Dan Brown, the inventor of the Bionic Wrench, made sure his wrenches were made by members of our extended American family in Pennsylvania.  In 2011, Sears carried the Bionic Wrench, but by 2012 Sears had miraculously come out with a Craftsman wrench that looked a lot like the Bionic Wrench, but it was made by our friends in the Middle Kingdom.  Dan has sued Sears for infringing on his patent.

Happily, if you wish to buy one of Dan’s Bionic Wrenches you can since they are now being sold at Walgreens.  I plan on picking one up soon, and also plan to give Sears a wide berth on my next shopping expedition.  We vote with our shopping dollars and I am hoping for an All American sweep this fall

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About tapirking

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make.
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3 Responses to Shame on you Sears!

  1. Patent infringement is a big problem, not just with Sears, but especially with Chinese made products. In China, they don’t have many lawyers to fight the numerous patent infringements (which is at epidemic levels) nor stealing of fashion designs. -Jack A.

  2. Deidre M. Simpson says:

    I’ve decided to be much more conscious with my spending. It didn’t seem right to have do any business outside of the United States when there were options here. The transition is slow but sure. Thanks for being so consistent with your cause.

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