Retailers Warn Of Price Hikes Before Christmas As More Tariffs Go Into Effect

by | Aug 29, 2019 | Headline News | 21 comments

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    The Trump administration raised tariffs another 5% officially on Wednesday, prompting angry warnings from retailers about price increases on goods such as toys before the holiday shopping season. It sure looks like the punishment on the already cash strapped American consumer will not abate anytime soon.

    More than 160 other business groups, including the National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers, have urged President Donald Trump to postpone the tariffs, warning they would hit Americans in the middle of the busy holiday shopping season.

    According to Reuters, the Trump administration made it official. There is now an extra 5% tariff on $300 billion in Chinese imports and set collection dates of September 1 and December 15, prompting hundreds of U.S. retail, footwear, toy, and technology companies to warn of price hikes.  Make no mistake, a tariff is a tax, taxation is theft, and consumers within the United States will suffer under the weight of the increased cost of goods. 

    https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/financial-experts-warn-americans-will-pay-the-cost-of-a-trade-war_07182018

    People seem to be overly mad at China for “taking advantage of America” however, punishing the American consumer is far from teaching the Chinese a lesson – especially because the government insisting on the tariffs is the same government who caused the problems with China to begin with. Burdensome regulations on businesses in the United States made producing goods in China look more appealing and from the very beginning, this has had an effect on everyday people in America just trying to work and get by.

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    I get a lot of flack for saying the truth about this trade war, but it’s not doing anyone any service by lying about who ends up paying for it. Just because Trump’s motives are good, doesn’t mean he’s doing the right thing by making Americans suffer the financial burdens of the tariffs. For the past two years, the Trump administration has been attempting to pressure China into eliminating unfair trade practices and make sweeping changes to its policies on intellectual property protection, forced transfers of technology to Chinese firms, industrial subsidies, and market access for U.S. companies.  But the regulations causing all of those problems were written by the U.S. government, who is now punishing Americans for the failures of the political establishment.

    The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said in an official notice that collections of a 15% tariff will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) Sunday on a portion of the list covering over $125 billion of targeted goods from China.

    This initial tranche includes smartwatches, Bluetooth headphones, flat-panel televisions and many types of footwear.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also start collecting a 15% tariff on Dec. 15 on the remainder of the $300 billion list, including cellphones, laptop computers, toys and clothing, USTR said in the Federal Register filing. –Reuters

    More than 200 U.S. footwear companies on Wednesday said that the added 15% tax on shoes would come on top of tariffs that already average 11% and reach 67% on some shoes, boosting the costs paid for by consumers by $4 billion every year. “Imposing tariffs in September on the majority of all footwear products from China – including nearly every type of leather shoe – will make it impossible for hardworking American individuals and families to escape the harm that comes from these tax increases,” the companies wrote in a letter to Trump.

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      21 Comments

      1. Georgia Peach

        If this happens, it is not good for Trump.

      2. Anonymous

        Yeah but what are your options?

        Pick the least bad because they’re all bad…

        1. Allow China to keep taking jobs and attempt to transition to a service economy (lol)
        2. Pay more for everything
        3. Have a domestic slave class and pay the same for everything.

        Pick one.

      3. Him

        If anyone can read my comment, please respond in the affirmative.

        • Old Geezer

          Affirmative.

          • Him

            Old Geezer and Rellik, thank you. Was beginning to think I was shadow banned. Still have to refresh for everything. Even to see my own posts. Sheesh.

            • mike mike

              I see your post Him
              -my comments banned- no thinking allowed here.

              Red List Proud
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              Deplorable Proud
              America Red-White-Blue.
              Fight for Freedom, Liberty or Death.
              Stand up to these censors.
              Stand up to political correct nutjobs.

              Come and Take It

              God bless America
              Long Live the Republic

            • Mr_Yesterday

              Just slower traffic, well balanced by higher quality content and responses.

        • rellik

          YO!

        • Anonymous

          Affirmative.
          Same thing happening to my posts here, seldom shown. Censorship is alive and well in the new Amerikka.

          US infiltrated Government at work:
          They must shut us up.
          They must silence the awakened.
          They must take away all free speech.
          They must take away all private firearm ownership.
          They must falsly accuse, make up charges, arrest, put you in prison.

          That is what ALL Tyrants do. If only 10% of the US population resists the “new Amerikka” tyranny. Then the whole system crumbles. There are more Patriotic, Freedom Loving, Fearless, Fighting, God Fearing, God Loving Americans, than the government can realisticly control. And they know it.

          That is also why there is the 5g Kill Weapon disguised as a phone service. 5G will cook brains and internal organs of targeted populations.

          The government and all law enforcement considers Patriotic God Loving Americans their enemy. And yes one day these criminals disguised as government will kill us. At least they will try.

          So “Red Flag”, that censors.
          “Fusion center” that, Texas Gov Abott who has turned out to be a traitor, he threatens the very people that voted for him, funded him, and put him in office. What a disgrace.

          Like a fool I gave my money, time, vote, to yet another AntiAmerican, AntiTexan, politician. Another well dressed, well spoken, Wolf in a suit. Your threats will not silence Texans. “Remember the Alamo.”

          National Sovereignty matters.
          Borders matter.
          American culture matters.
          Border Security matters. SECURE THE US BORDER.

          Beto Orourke I have a message from Texans, “Come and Take It.” Read your Texas history. We STAND up to Tyrants. So “Come and Take It”.
          – – – – – – – – – –
          God bless ICE.
          God bless hard working US Border Patrol.
          God bless honest law enforcement. Blue lives Matter.
          God bless America
          God Bless the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
          Long Live the Republic.

          -censored-

        • Bonham Bowie Crockett Travis

          Affirmative.
          Same thing happening to my posts here, seldom shown. Censorship is alive and well in the new Amerikka.

          US infiltrated Government at work:
          They must shut us up.
          They must silence the awakened.
          They must take away all free speech.
          They must take away all private firearm ownership.
          They must falsly accuse, make up charges, arrest, put you in prison.

          That is what ALL Tyrants do. If only 10% of the US population resists the “new Amerikka” tyranny. Then the whole system crumbles. There are more Patriotic, Freedom Loving, Fearless, Fighting, God Fearing, God Loving Americans, than the government can realisticly control. And they know it.

          That is also why there is the 5g Kill Weapon disguised as a phone service. 5G will cook brains and internal organs of targeted populations.

          The government and all law enforcement considers Patriotic God Loving Americans their enemy. And yes one day these criminals disguised as government will kill us. At least they will try.

          So “Red Flag”, that censors.
          “Fusion center” that, Texas Gov Abott who has turned out to be a traitor, he threatens the very people that voted for him, funded him, and put him in office. What a disgrace.

          Like a fool I gave my money, time, vote, to yet another AntiAmerican, AntiTexan, politician. Another well dressed, well spoken, Wolf in a suit. Your threats will not silence Texans. “Remember the Alamo.”

          National Sovereignty matters.
          Borders matter.
          American culture matters.
          Border Security matters. SECURE THE US BORDER.

          Beto Orourke I have a message from Texans, “Come and Take It.” Read your Texas history. We STAND up to Tyrants. So “Come and Take It”.
          – – – – – – – – – –
          God bless ICE.
          God bless hard working US Border Patrol.
          God bless honest law enforcement. Blue lives Matter.
          God bless America
          God Bless the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
          Long Live the Republic.

          -censored: critical thinking no longer tolerated-

        • grandee

          Yes, I can. I still have to “re-fresh” every time I come to the site. Sad 🙁

        • Honeypot

          Him, I too, have experienced difficulties getting this site.
          ——
          REGARDING THE SUBJECT of this article: I don’t know if tariffs are a good or a bad idea. I think incentives are better than penalties. More people should be motivated to produce right here in the States. I buy American as much as possible. I buy from local producers. If a product is produced close by, I buy as presents if I have no particular need myself.
          There is a woman I saw interviewed on Redicetv. She raises sheep for wool. Her motto “from sheep to shawl”. Interesting, as I had the same idea. Shawls make great presents. I have many. Mine are mostly silk. You know where silk comes from. Haha, nobody is perfect.

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      4. Rooster

        10-4. Oh and by the way per this pos article, maybe Nike and others that have made billions with cheap Chinese labor, how about they support the AMERICANS who have made them rich by lowering their prices by, oh say 20% for Christmas. Even 15? Yeah that won’t happen because, orange man bad or something. They can just SAM for all I care.

      5. Archivist

        Consumers are just used to the low prices of slave labor Chinese crap products from Walmart. They need to realize that they are not rich and should not be buying as if they were.

        I buy American as much as possible, and when it isn’t, I buy from any country but China.

        We are going to win this war. Every war costs.

        BTW, gasoline is going down. It may go below $2.00 a gallon in the South. Yay.

        • Genius

          I do the same. Christmas is one of the biggest frauds ever too. I don’t even send cards. I don’t participate in lies and BS fraud holidays. If I want to buy someone something I just do it, I don’t wait for a fraud excuse to do it. So many “holidays” are a fraud and the sheep just never question shit, it’s fookin sickening! Stick your “holidays” and the rest of the shit you were brainwashed with, It feels a lot more sincere for the recipient if you give them something out of the blue and you have NO pressure to buy shit…..

          • reper slepr

            YOU GOT THAT RIGHT (FRAUD). I’ve got pretty much about everything I need. Gonna jump back into making me some serious mash. Local People here are starting to Jones’

        • Mr_Yesterday

          Activist, you got to it before me. The premise of the article is protecting Americans. That’s understandable.

          How protected are we really from these globalist influences though? Shaking up monopolistic competition and compelling alternatives is worth a try. The difference between vested interests and short term thinking vs long term financial planning for the good of all can have stark contrasts.

          Looking forward to a return to more sensible purchasing power, hopefully it’s not to late to bring so many industries back to the USA. We buy clothes at the goodwill a lot and especially kids clothes which may cycle through goodwill in longer intervals more times, it’s amazing to see all the old made in USA symbols on the clothes and even things like old board games. Americans used to be proud of that and consumers like us still seek that out.

          Genius, don’t be jaded, slow it down a little. Consumerism has an ugly side but also giving and caring is something that does not have to be reserved for just holidays. You’re speaking on corporatization of American traditions. So again, support the companies you believe in, don’t feel pressured just to buy if you’re dealing with a monopolized product lineup of global corporate products.

          Speaking on the bright side of online shopping, consumers can gain access to those rarely available at retail, more durable and locally sourced goods. With some products we can more effectively source made in usa. Like I bought this made in usa leather tri fold for 40 bucks. Reflecting, it may be the first made in USA wallet I’ve ever owned. Not as much as we want is available but every dollar spent locally matters and those companies get more influence one purchase at a time. Supply follows the demand. It’s an illusionary message that global corporate retailers present to consumers, these are your only options. That’s not true.

          As far as price hikes, one is hard pressed to distinguish those from general runaway inflation. By purchasing more durable more lasting goods, like keeping away from disposable items, for lease items, items with recurrent cost to continue to use them, plastic throw aways, the dollar goes further and you find yourself having to spend less time as a consumer, spending more time doing what you would rather do with your life. Some of that made in china stuff does not last a single day before something breaks, and they rely on plastic and pressboard so much, we’ve had enough.

      6. Sgt. Dale

        Do you really think that there is not going to be pain in war. Its a WAR damn it, so get used to some pain. It will make you stronger.
        Sgt.

        • Mr_Yesterday

          Dang Sarge, take it to the next level partner.

          If people manned up and paid the extra few dollars for more durable locally produced items, they’d save in the end.

          I think the people most upset about cutting of china are those profiting the most from those agreements. Not surprisingly the news is packed full of negative stories on this matter.

          The border rules change, disincentivizing trade with some other countries where we could never safely live ourselves and enjoy similar rights, promoting growth at home, all very positive stories.

      7. Jim in Va.

        Bring em back,hope the quality is better.

      8. Anonymous

        Those of us in the second hand business will be booming I guess! Hello folks, do we need to buy new?

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