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Is any VCS edition Made in the USA?

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As it seems to claim on the Gamestop website.  I'd be considerably more interested if so.  The last console manufactured in the USA was the Jaguar to my knowledge.  Maybe it's just this VCS 800 Gamestop edition that is; or maybe someone creating this write up for the gamestop website doesn't know what they are talking about.  Can anyone with this bundle confirm? 

 

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What does "Made in USA" actually mean?   Are they putting boards in cases and boxing them up?  Or manufacturing the electronics too?

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It is a stretch for sure. The console itself is definitely being manufactured in China. Atari Gamebox LLC is based out of the US, and they do have a US warehouse from which the consoles are being shipped. Additionally, service is being done to and from the United States as I understand it. So, kind of, but not really is the answer. 

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A lot of companies do this now. It used to be understood that "Made in US" basically referred to everything involved in the product being made in the United States. Then it changed to basically being "assembled" in the United States. Now, it's some percentage of the components being made in the United States, or very minimally assembled. I think everything with the Atari VCS is technically made in China. The best I can figure is that they're upgrading it and re-assembling the components and calling it made in USA. But I don't think that would stand up to any scrutiny.

 

The Jaguar for that matter, if I'm not mistaken was made entirely by IBM. While the chips came from different places, the boards were made in the US, chips were soldered to the boards in the US, the cases were stamped in the US, and everything was assembled and packaged in the US.

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So does it say "Made in China" on the bottom or "Assembled in the USA"  Just curious. 

 

The controller boxes say "Designed in California, Made in China"  Doing some more research on the console... seems impossible to find a picture of the bottom of one. 

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Anyway; doesn't matter; probably made in China.  Just thought it was interesting that Game Stop would post that on the console when it's clearly likely to be erroneous. 

 

I ask because i tend to collect Atari Made in USA console variants (2600, 7800, etc.) because they are rarer. 

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All the development videos, pictures and even boxing during the initial process was definitely done in China. Atari in US got all the units already boxed on palettes, so unless they would be doing something different to that, unlikely going to have any alterations in the US. 

 

The only thing going for it is that it doesn't currently seem to be using ethnoreligious slave labour / prison labour and seems to be produced by Chinese workers who are actually paid a wage. 

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I received my new Atari joysticks today and noticed that the return address had Atari in California. Sure, this is public info, but I am not going to be the one to spread the exact address, so feel free to get that somewhere else. However, here's a Google Street View pic of it.

 

My - guess - is that this is the office headquarters of Atari Gamebox LLC, which is the core development and related support team behind the VCS. So, I suspect most of the rank and file people working on the VCS are based in the US, although I could totally be wrong. This may also be the "warehouse" that they have referenced, although it appears to be an office complex in a typical edge of suburbia style office park. 

 

 

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On 3/3/2021 at 11:22 AM, Mockduck said:

I received my new Atari joysticks today and noticed that the return address had Atari in California. Sure, this is public info, but I am not going to be the one to spread the exact address, so feel free to get that somewhere else. However, here's a Google Street View pic of it.

 

My - guess - is that this is the office headquarters of Atari Gamebox LLC, which is the core development and related support team behind the VCS. So, I suspect most of the rank and file people working on the VCS are based in the US, although I could totally be wrong. This may also be the "warehouse" that they have referenced, although it appears to be an office complex in a typical edge of suburbia style office park. 

 

 

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I was going to look up the address and do this very thing a while back, but got distracted by things.  It's not terribly far from Sunnyvale.

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