What else have we given up? The Boston was manufactured in North Carolina and, in inflation adjusted dollars, would cost $19.09 now. The Bostitch was made in China and is far quieter than the Boston before its demise, though I don't recall how noisy it was back when Gangsta's Paradise was topping the charts. Regardless of the sonic claims, 22 years has netted us a tidy increase of $2.20 (or ten cents per year) to offshore this particular bit of manufacturing. I doubt pencil sharpeners will make anyplace great again, but it is an interesting little time capsule of low-end consumer appliances.