Re: The costs of building from a free frame
i don't blame the chinese, walmart, or any government. i blame the consumer.
the only time i've ever shopped at walmart was when i was in New Orleans, rebuilding Verizon's network, just days after Katrina wiped it out. it was the only place open (in Covington, i think) so it was either go there or starve.
after the regular stores opened a few weeks later, i never went to a walmart again.
besides all that, i realize that i'm not gonna change the world, and people are gonna continue buying cheap goods, so i'm gonna step off my soapbox and just build my bikes the way i want.