Originally Posted by Bob Jamison
Your post should be edited to say *List typed on a Chinese computer while sitting in a Pakistan chair, wearing Vietnamese clothes*.
Bill Duke has done more for the American trapper than any other trap company. Bridger Trap is owned by the Caven family, owners of Minnesota Trapline Products and makers of Minnesota Brand traps. Buy what you want; both of these companies produce high-quality, cost-efficient traps. I'm a huge Bridger fan, and if I ever standardized my water traps, I would buy all Duke 1 1/2 coils. If we were allowed to use real beaver traps here in PA, it would be a tossup as to whether I would go to MB-750s or Bridger #5 coilsprings. In my opinion, Oneida Victors are about the bottom-of-the-barrel traps. Don't forget, ALL our fur goes out of the country, mainly to China and Russia. Even the auction houses are in Canada. I buy a trap once; I sell fur every year.
To each their own, though.
This is just the stupid type of thinking that has cost our economy to flop! Listen, I'm not trying to start and argument with you or anyone, but it's kind of obvious that you most likely have more things made in "china or viet nam" than most do.
Yes, I have things made outside of the USA, but I always try to make INFORMED decisions when making a purchase. Apparently you don't!
All these folks you have mentioned are having these items manufactured in these third world countries because what really matters to them is PROFIT PROFIT PROFIT PROFIT and not for the longevity of the sport.
My point is what you missed... If an AMERICAN product is available, buy it rather that something made elsewhere.
And if you want to use Duke over Victor, Go ahead but when another American compnay flops, I';ll say thanks to you!