Rick Turner wrote:And it had nothing what so ever to do with anyone being a Republican, a Democrat, or a Communist.
Greed is the #1 motivator behind this, not politics. Its easy to drag in the political soapbox over national news. I never saw this as political, other than breaking the law.
Never worked there (and would never try to) but I know a few people that have, one of which is in my band and 2 others very good friends. I live about 3 hours from Memphis. I believe my friends, they have nothing to gain telling stories from the past. Are there good people there? Sure. Did they break the law? Yup. Am I surprised? Not in the least.
The Rosewood situation is still debatable from what I understand. Finding a way to possibly explain it as legal is what lawyers are for IMO. I am not in the know nor a lawyer, but it would seem that if they have proof from their supplier of authenticity then that would be that, but maybe not.... Also,if they didn't find that hard proof of the madagascar stuff, I bet there would be an excuse too and probably very similar. My issue with that explanation, (and is speculation on my part), but I don't know of any company/supplier that would risk a container full of product over mislables if it happened to be searched at the port of entry. That is a huge oversight and LOTS of $ to risk. I also assume like most products, once in the country, they may or may not have the lables or could even be repackaged for resale from a distributor that imported them (again,I assume from my former mahogany door business). But, the company (Gibson) that did import them should have plenty of proof of their legality, stickers or not.
I dunno about guitar parts or these select species of wood, but I use to import mahogany doors from overseas 4 times a year. When I wholesaled/retailed products, I didn't have to ship the products within their original packaging. I am assuming Gibson imported those blanks in as Gibson, Inc. so they should have plenty of documentation of their authenticity, beyond stickers. Plus, after all their lies (and stories), its hard to think much about their word or give them the benefit of the doubt.
I am not arguing with you Rick. I think we are saying about the same thing. I believe big companies like this represent our nation in a way. Gibson is as American as Jack Daniels and Ford. Its embarassing to look so hypocritcal to the rest of the world and our children who will inherit this mess. We should be leading the worlds opinion on the Earth's preservation, and Gibson was a company spearheadding this reform through their nonprofit work, and getting their hand stuck in the jar at the same time. Karma is a bitch!