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Old 12-04-2012, 06:41 AM   #1
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Speciality Shoe Tarriff

Will this impact MC boots? Come Jan 1, 2013 this tax will be added to "outdoor speciality shoes" a 40% increase of good footwear is alot.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/11/2...-shoe-tariffs/
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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The steep price hike stems from a recent decision by the Obama Administration. It’s called a “specialty shoe tariff” and it will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 unless Congress stops it.

WTH! Is this the most important thing on our plate right now? What about not hitting the middle class with new taxes? Is this considered "rich folks" tax?

Just wait for the civil servants in WA DC to get the VAT going... We're in for a painful time folks!
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:54 AM   #3
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Just pay the damn tariff. The government is better at spending your money than you are. Just trust them.

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:58 AM   #4
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Not a welcome development, but I doubt that it was the Obama administration that initiated it. I see the shadowy influence of industry.
Odd that we would outsource so much footware manufacture and then punish it with a high tariff, and punish me because I'm a regular purchaser.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:08 AM   #5
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The steep price hike stems from a recent decision by the Obama Administration. It’s called a “specialty shoe tariff” and it will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 unless Congress stops it.

WTH! Is this the most important thing on our plate right now? What about not hitting the middle class with new taxes? Is this considered "rich folks" tax?

Just wait for the civil servants in WA DC to get the VAT going... We're in for a painful time folks!
Get your facts straight before you post. It's not a new tariff. It has been temporarily suspended for numerous years now and it's coming up for renewel of the suspension. The Obama admin is using it for leverage in trade negotiations with Vietnam and other Pacific rim countries where most of these shoes are made.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:12 AM   #6
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This is what Romney meant when he said "Get tough with China".

Typically nobody wins when you start getting into trade wars.

I suspect a minority of motorcycle boots come from China. It would be interesting to see the statistics.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:41 AM   #7
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It is interesting that there is no "Patent Leather Shoe Tariff" or "Office Shoe tariff" I guess the lawyer and professional lobbyists (i.e., the rich) will get to avoid this tax, but working men and women who require good, sturdy outdoor shoes (for many activities other than hiking onto the Kings land) need to pay more of their "fair share".

I hope the politicians are enjoying the caviar us peasants are buying for them.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:46 AM   #8
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Here's a brief history of shoe tariffs in the U.S. and some info on the bi-partisan sponsored Affordable Footwear Act that would lower, not raise these outdated tariffs. This battle goes way back to the 1920s.

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"Still, a few goods remain subject to tariff rates almost as high as those of the 1920s. Shoes are the extreme case. Shoe tariffs, a remnant of the Smoot–Hawley Act, are 10 times higher than the average U.S. tariff rate.[1] In 2011, shoes accounted for just 1 percent of merchandise imports, but they provided 7.9 percent of U.S. tariff revenue.[2] "

http://www.heritage.org/research/rep...taxes-the-boot
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:48 AM   #10
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This will be similar to the 1980 HD Tarriff. Soon we all be sporting HD size 883 shoes.



Oh and I have a couple of pair of used off road boots if anyone wants to avoid the tarriff. They stink a little. But what the hay, it's the smell of money saved.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:52 AM   #11
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"It's the smell of money saved."

That's a real gem!
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:57 AM   #12
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Me thinks they may capitalize on the increase in diabetics - shoes for which are almost entirely assembled overseas, and then imported.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:13 PM   #13
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This will be similar to the 1980 HD Tarriff. Soon we all be sporting HD size 883 shoes.
Lots of bike mfgs got around that by shrinking to below 750cc, thus the 700 Sabre, 700 Magna, lots of 650s, etc.

I wonder how they'll do this with shoes?
If you only buy the left one this month, and the right one next month . . . we can waive application of the tariff.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:27 PM   #14
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AKA the Red Wing Preservation Act

Quit your bitching. It's all about saving American jobs. We're all supposed to go out and buy Red Wings, Whites, or other US-made boots.

http://www.redwingshoes.com/motorcycle-boots

http://www.whitesboots.com/index.php...ategory_id=184

Yeah, I don't see much in the way of motocross boots either.

But with a 40% tariff to help, a custom set of Whites at $650 might be competitive. Sidi Crossfires are already $500.

Trade wars work both ways.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:32 PM   #15
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I gotta laugh. The tariffs are all about favoring American manufacturers. Ya know, "saving American jobs". Y'all wanna preserve the American manufacturing base, right? We've had shoe tariffs since the 1920s. But this is Obama's fault, LOL?
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