I don't think this blog is the correct forum to review country of origin for every component on our mowers or our competitors mowers (a ZTR bill of materials is around 1,000 parts). If you have already read most of the discussion posted on this matter, you probably have a pretty good idea where most of the sub-components for almost all mowers are coming from. GXi is in line with others in this industry in this regard and the types of parts / components able to be used in mowers are only made competitively in 3 or 4 countries in this world. If you go one layer beneath the mower fabrication and assembly location, you can figure this out with a minimum of effort. In terms of retail margins, outdoor power equipment is a very competitive, high $ category at the large mass retailers. You may be shocked at how low the retail margins are on these products. There is no doubt, a local dealer that primarily sells power equipment could not keep its doors open living off of the same margin % that the mass retailers accept. In all fairness, the mass retailers don't need the higher margins required by a local dealer since their overhead (as a % of sales) is much lower. They quite literally want to make it up with volume. This is the way the marketplace has evolved. If you are not convinced, try to figure out how much profit margin there is on a $999 lawn tractor or a $279 pressure washer! This is the world of a mass retailer and is representative of their margin expectations for the category. Dealers must differentiate themselves with service. If they can, they will continue to do very well. Industry studies are published with detailed info. If you are really interested, you should look for one of these studies. Research data analyzes all the way down to $/sq. ft. of retail space for each product and category. Several studies show hardware store data versus OPE dealer data versus DIY mass retailer data. Most of these studies also dive into market share trends and demographic trends at each retail sales channel. Some of the data is very compelling and it clearly shows why John Deere, Toro and Ariens decided to sell their residential entry level products at mass retailers and upset their dealer network. If I recall, I think I saw one mass retailer went from less than 1% market share in residential OPE to a 34% share in 25 years, almost 100% at the expense of the OPE dealers and hardware stores. It is hard for anyone to ignore major shifts like that in the marketplace. There is similar data on the pro landscape / lawncare business as well. I don't see much discussion on this in this blog but analysts do track lots of details on this industry. I have seen lawn care data broken down by geography, demographics, customers (home owners versus multi-site dwellings versus commercial properties versus gov't versus cemeteries versus golf courses...). It is very eye-opening to see the trends from a top-level rather than a micro-level as discussed on this site (on this site each member talks about their local experience...what is actually going on in the industry overall is the sum of all the local experiences...so it is the sum off all the comments on this site). If you wish to test a mower, I suggest you make an inquiry at your local store to have one sent there. Ask at the Pro desk and they should be able to make arrangements if they think you are a serious potential buyer.