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pomonabill220
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24 May 2008
Hello everyone;
I recently purchased my dream station, a VP2, at a good price with the datalogger.
One of the main attractions was their claim that it is "manufactured in the US". You can go to their website and see this.
Here is the copied and pasted text:

14. What is the company behind the product?
In business since 1963, we opened up the home weather station market back in 1989. The competition has appeared only within the last few years. Unlike the competition, we manufacture our weather stations right here in Hayward, California, and have a full customer service and support staff. Most of the competing weather stations are made overseas. And it can be difficult (if not next to impossible) to get any kind of customer service or aftermarket support from these companies.


Well... depending upon how you interpret this statement, it is NOT totally "Manufactured" in the US!!!
For instance, the board that the buttons are on is made in Tiwan ... I know this because this is silkscreened on the board itself!
I spoke to Kevin and Brett at Davis, and they basically "explained their way" around this by saying that "nothing these days is totally made in the US".
Well, mabey but there ARE PC board houses in the US, resistor / capacitor manufactureres in the US (Allen Bradley, Cornell dubler to name a couple), processor houses (Intel, etc.).
Of course if they were to buy from these US companies, the price would be alot higher, but their statement "Manufactured in Hayward, CA." would be 100% true.
I suggested to both of these people that the statement should be changed to "assembled in the US with US labor". Then it would be clear.
It really took the "glamor" about owning a Davis station away knowing that I have a glorified, hybrid (NOT totally US) weather station.
I suspected that this might be the case, and when I removed the back of the console, I WAS *bleep*ED!!!
I still like the station, but I look at it differently now.
Just for all of your information....
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