I remember when DSE used to be like Jaycar (just not quite as good).
Then one day some twit decided to make it like Tandy Electronics was, and consequently it went to the dogs.
Fad gadgets and cheap imported crap - nothing more!
As for SPC, we should be supporting local product. Historically though Aussies couldn't give a stuff where something was made, or about supporting local industry. Its the greed mentality where where consumers all want the lowest price, and the boss wants maximum profit.
Consequences be damned, and the consequences are the kids jobs in local industry etc down the track. No one takes on apprentices anymore, we union bust the high wages by giving the work to imposters on 457 visas, or at best we send the jobs overseas. Been to a construction site lately and seen who the plasterers and cleaners are predoninantly now have you??
And the real kicker - we Aussies are the ones doing it. Purely for the greed and profit now, and stuff the jobs for the future. Others do it overseas sure, but WE do it here and we pay for that.
PS. As for Holden - if you don't own an Aussie made car, IMHO you've no right to the arguement supporting it. Thats because you're part of the problem. The same goes for buying the SPC product.
What would you expect in regard to fad gadgets etc? After that was how Tricky Dicky made his money, & established his wealth. In the early 60's the first of the Oz host shows, or one of them was the Mike Walsh show aired during the housewife's hours like the stupid US creep shows of today.
Dick Smith had a segment at least once a week that featured a table full of the latest Japanese gadgets in the electrical market including the gimmicks of the day, he was showcasing them but I forget where they were sold in Oz. It was those humble beginnings that he developed his brand, importing cheap Japanese stuff, & as Asia moved up with other stuff from Korea & the like so did his empire. Not sure where the Tandy stores fitted in but they became a combined entity but still trading under their own brands, not surprisingly though the two stores sold the same products in many areas, with Tandy being the cheapest.
Tandy closed up as the larger Dick Smith outlets opened & in the centres where the two operated, the Tandy store closed & merged, but at locations where there was no Dick Smith, Tandy was rebranded prior to the Woolworths takeover.
Once the business was sold & he became just a shareholder with a higher profile his name now in lights & well known, he entered the buy Australia campaign & became all but anti all things overseas, after making his name & fortune selling primarily O/Seas items made in Asian countries.
I refuse to buy his products in a supermarket owing to the premium price that is place on them, & that is over other Australian made & sometimes owned products.
The car industry here when the GFC hit, especially GMH & FORD, paid money to their corporate entities in the US, in fact I read where even though the U.S government paid both of them millions + in bail outs, both Australian entities actually made money, & it was the Australian factories that provided the only real good news for the two companies, now that the US subsidies have run out, & has sucked the Australian industry dry of the money that could have helped them survive building cars here, they close the factories.
We say our costs are too high, yet what are the wages paid to the Japanese assembly line workers at their main brands? It was shown in previous years & while much has changed but workers at the likes of Toyota were paid far more than the equivilent workers here, not only that but they had a lot more bonuses, such as with company cars at cost price, as well as paid holidays, to such places as Australia, go back to the 60's & 70's when Japanese tourism especially to the Gold Coast was gaining momentum & grew, the tourists in the main were company employees including lowly assembly line workers. Also the Japanese stevedores enjoyed far better conditions than those of their Australian counterparts.
Australian land has been sold off to so many o/seas companies & government controlled agencies, that when the Oz owned companies that are left close & the farms are shut down owing to no canneries & the like left, these farms will be sold to overseas interests with their own people gaining the benefits, more than likely the farms will open again, with foreign workers, likewise the factories will return with the same immigrant workers, the products will go back to the countries that owns them, & we will pay to import them back.
Thankfully it will not happen in my time but its not that far off really.