In the small town of Cabot, Pa., Dan Brown is the proud inventor of the Bionic Wrench, a product made solely in Pennsylvania. His goal from day one was to make his invention in America. This time last year, Brown´s factory was buzzing, with his employees working overtime to fulfill holiday orders. With the help of Sears, Brown´s company sold more than 200,000 wrenches at Christmas alone. "Last year was a great year," Brown said. "We got ourselves on a commercial and Sears had us in stores. We were going crazy."
This is not the first time Sears has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. My christmas wish is that Dan Brown gets every dime he asks for. I´ve quit buying there since other stores offer equal products at lower prices.
Craftsman tools are junk. Who cares if they have a lifetime warranty if you are in the middle of a job and they break or don´t work. Their ratchet wrenches strip out very easily. I quit buying there long ago. Power tools are the same. Specs don´t match reality.
If memory serves, Sears also stole the push button socket release some years back. They ended up paying the inventor multi millions in damages and had to pay licensing costs to continue using the feature on their wrenches. Way to go Sears! I hope they take one in the head on this one. How many times do you have to learn the lesson???
"The allegations made by Mr. Brown simply are untrue and we will vigorously defend against all of the allegations raised in his lawsuit," Sears Holdings Corp. said in a statement to ABC News. "Despite some visual similarities to other tools on the market, the Craftsman Max Axess locking wrench operates in a different way, using a mechanism designed in the 1950s that Mr. Brown expressly argued to the patent office was different from his own design."
This will work itself out in the courts.
I am skeptical when I see David Muir in the byline. He is Diane Sawyer´s adoring sidekick when they do the "Made in America" schtick. This was undoubtedly one of their "investigations".
I hope that if it turns out that Sears was not guilty of any wrongdoing, the diligent Sawyer-Muir team will give that as much publicity in a followup story.
Some Senior Sears Exec is about to retire and will buy this poor guy´s company for pennies on the dollar after he has exhausted his capital in legal fees and stops fighting. They´ve been doing this forever!
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