Thanks to each of you for your replies.
I apologize for turning this into a trade / political issue. My reason for buying products from the US or Canada is because over the years I have seen jobs leave for other parts of the world. I do feel badly for those who have lost good paying jobs and jobs that provided healthcare. I know that the US is the only industrial country without a national healthcare system. Glennjanie you are 100% right that $30 per hour is too high. On the other hand I spent two weeks in Asia in 1986. The first six nights were in Hong Kong. From there I took a day trip into the Peopleís Republic of China. The living conditions there were appalling. I donít know how much these people are paid but you can bet that no one in North America could live on their income. The second week I spent in Thailand. While in Phuket I took a half-day city tour. One of the stops was at a place where they dig out cashews. I watched the women crack open the shell with a foot operated press. They were paid by piecework. For every kilo that they filled they were paid X amount of Thai Baht. When they got good at their job they could do a kilo an hour. Anyway after I got back to my hotel I figured out how much they were paid and it worked out to US $.48 per hour, 10 hours a day five days a week. So the most they made was $48.00 per 50-hour workweek. That was 11 years ago and Iím sure that they are paid more now. But another case where we in the west canít work for that kind of income.
So much for all that, if possible I would still like to look into a washer and dryer that are made in the US or again Canada if I can.
thanks again, Blair