Sears, the #1 appliance retailer in America has seriously reduced the amount of appliances they are sourcing (IE buying) from US companies. They are selling Chinese and other Far East imports under the Kenmore brand name. If you walk through other big box retailers you’ll see that Chinese appliances are flooding our market at an alarming rate (alarming to me at least)! These far east appliance manufacturers are using their own governments trade practices that are unfair to United States manufacturers (through currency manipulation and price subsidies) and using these advantages to capture market share in the US appliance industry. The media does not seem to be upset by this trend. I’m not making this point from a jingoistic perspective. Nor am I trying to talk people into buying the brands we sell at my company. I am seriously concerned as a citizen who has inside knowledge on the subject. My real life experience in the appliance service, sales and parts industry over the past 30 years has given me a bird’s eye view of how these Far East companies appliances perform over the long haul.