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  1. #1 The Price Per Pound 
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    It is a funny thing today. Many that do not work with things hands on kind of sit back and make judgements about other working folk.

    The lazy tend to jump to conclusions that actually highlight how little they know about reality.

    In 1938 General Motors reported that the average price per pound of an automobile in America was thirty five cents a pound. At that time the automobile cost less per pound, then a pound of butter or a pound of steak.

    The average sticker price in those days was around fourteen hundred dollars a car. Today the average sticker price is around thirty thousand dollars a car. That means that there was an inflation increase in new car prices of about 21 times.

    Today the average car weighs in at about 3,000 pounds a car, actually up from the 1985 average of 2,700 pounds.

    Today the average car price is just over thirty thousand dollars a car. That means that a new car costs about ten dollars a pound to manufacture.

    If you take a look around at computers and other devices, I doubt that they match that kind of price per pound. I would speculate and say that computer devices cost us about twenty to thirty dollars a pound. Software perhaps many times more then that per pound. Perhaps exponentially more then ten dollars a pound.

    If you look at all the components in a new car today including high tech computer equipment. I doubt that they are asking a lot per pound for an American automobile.

    Considering that one in eight Americans, or more, work directly or indirectly for auto makers we may be slitting our own throats if we do not support them. If you look at the tax revenue generated from and by the auto makers I believe that the ratio of price to pound would look even better.

    I would suggest supporting them by reducing taxes upon them.

    Because right now we pay more then thirty dollars a pound for home video game systems. And we do not need them to get around safely.


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    Heh. It's a funny exercise. I started from groceries, then expanded to goods like topsoil, lumber, garden seeds, pennies. I tiled a floor once with pennies. Cost $3.06 per square foot, competitive with fancy mosaic tile.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pong
    Heh. It's a funny exercise. I started from groceries, then expanded to goods like topsoil, lumber, garden seeds, pennies. I tiled a floor once with pennies. Cost $3.06 per square foot, competitive with fancy mosaic tile.
    Did you put a coating over the pennies when you were done gluing them down?

    I am assuming you glued them. You could have put a fastener in each one. Ha-ha.

    How did it look? Is that legal?

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    Defacing Her Majesty is treason ...technically. I used flooring adhesive and no sealer as I wanted natural patina and wear (human weathering is one of my passions). Sanded grout. The best part was going around buying everybody's pennies.

    Ugh. The new Canadian pennies bloom tin when soldered. Just a copper plating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pong
    Defacing Her Majesty is treason ...technically. I used flooring adhesive and no sealer as I wanted natural patina and wear (human weathering is one of my passions). Sanded grout. The best part was going around buying everybody's pennies.

    Ugh. The new Canadian pennies bloom tin when soldered. Just a copper plating.
    You should post a picture one day.

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