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      08-31-2008, 12:19 PM   #142
JakeBaker
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Drives: '08 335xi sedan
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Location: Maryland, USA

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Actually, I would _prefer_ to buy a BMW made in the USA.

Please don't get me wrong - my wife said our recent european trip built around a ED 335xi was her "best vacation ever."

But I like the idea that a domestic build yields more domestic salaries. It's related to what economists call the "velocity of money" - like purchasing items from a local shop, vs. a chain big-box store, yields more money in local circulation.

I know BMW makes their decisions based on profit, and that car buyers will make their decisions based on (perceived) value. But if a big fraction of a car purchase price goes to the salaries of the folks who build it, then I would prefer to pay salaries of my countrymen.

Jake