This should help answer some questions as to why metals prices are so high in the U.S.

http://www.query.nytimes.com/gst/ful...50C0A9629C8B63

This applies not only to China, but also to Japan and Korea.

Think about this the next time you drop some cash at one of our fine tool importers. The screwdriver you purchase might be the old Jeep you used to drive.