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Exempt LLCs are LLCs with only one member, so-called single member LLCs. These are considered Disregarded Entities in the USA. Profits of Disregarded Entities are tax exempt provided that they are No relation to the U.S have, Tax-free in the USA . This type of company is especially suitable for entrepreneurs residing in non-dom states or countries with similar tax laws for foreign income. You can find out more about Exempt LLC here.

ENDCODE> A VAT/VAT as in Europe does not exist in the USA. The sog. Sales tax works similarly, but is only due on local sales of goods, z.B. on supermarket purchases (but not on sales from services).

Sales tax is to be considered in all states where the company is Turnover generated . It becomes due, as soon as these turnovers exceed a certain threshold . Here you can learn more about Sales Tax in the USA.

ENDCODE> ENDCODE> The Sales Tax is 6% in Florida, plus. A possible local tax of not more than 2%.

ENDCODE> The Sales Tax in California it is 7.25%, plus. a possible local tax of not more than 1.25%.

ENDCODE> The Sales Tax is 5 in DC.75%

ENDCODE> The Sales Tax is 6 in Massachusetts.25%, plus. of a possible municipal tax of no more than 2%.

Austin, Texas at a glance

The capital of the Lone Star State Texas is known for the best live music festivals in the U.S. and is the most important tech startup hub in the U.S. next to Silicon Valley.

Location advantages of Austin

  • Positive image and multi-faceted atmosphere as a city of culture and music
  • Fastest growing major city in the U.S
  • Booming tech and IT industry: after the SF Bay Area, the largest startup and VC scene in the U.S
  • No taxation of profits at the state level up to $1 million in revenue
  • Important location of large US corporations like Facebook, Google, Apple, Dell, IBM
  • Leading University City
  • Direct flights to London and Frankfurt

What you need to know about Austin

Austin is the capital of Texas and the fastest growing major city in the U.S. Austin is in the process of becoming a second Silicon Valley. Dell comes from Austin. IBM, Facebook, Google, Apple and several other tech giants now have very large offices there. The chip of the new iPhone will no longer be built in China, but at Samsung in Austin.

It’s no wonder, then, that Austin is home to many startups and venture capital firms.

One major company that also hails from Austin is WholeFoods – the international organic grocery store chain. As you can probably guess now, Austin is also the organic capital of the USA. Eat Local and many other trends are lived here with passion.

Mr. Sauerborn, who has lived in and around Austin for years, describes the city as follows: "Austin always reminds me of my hometown of Freiburg: a green-left stronghold full of students in the middle of an arch-conservative state."

Visual impressions of Austin

Austin location advantages

  • Positive image and multifaceted atmosphere as a city of culture and music
  • Fastest growing major city in the USA
  • Booming tech and IT industry: after the SF Bay Area, the largest startup and VC scene in the U.S
  • No taxation of profits at the state level up to $1 million in revenue
  • Important location of major US corporations such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Dell, IBM
  • Leading university city
  • direct flights to London and Frankfurt

What you need to know about Austin

Austin is the capital of Texas and the fastest growing major city in the U.S. Austin is in the process of becoming a second Silicon Valley. Dell comes from Austin. IBM, Facebook, Google, Apple and several other tech giants now have very large offices there. The chip of the new iPhone is no longer built in China, but at Samsung in Austin.

No wonder Austin is home to so many startups and venture capital firms.

One major company that also hails from Austin is WholeFoods – the international organic grocery store chain. As you can now probably guess, Austin is also the organic capital of the U.S. Eat Local and many other trends are passionately lived here.

Mr. Sauerborn, who has lived in and around Austin for years, describes the city as follows: "Austin always reminds me of my hometown Freiburg: A green-left stronghold full of students in the middle of an arch-conservative federal state."

Visual impressions of Austin

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Distribution of profits to Germany planned: If you live in Germany, want to do business in the USA and aim to have the profits distributed from the US company, the German Foreign Reverse Hybrid may be more favorable for tax purposes. Learn more here.

Capital raising planned in the U.S: If you plan to recruit funds in the U.S., in almost all cases, the Delaware C-Corporation the better vehicle. This is simply expected of U.S. investors. The Delaware C-Corporation can then register its administrative headquarters in any other state. At Ordering the Delaware C-Corporation simply select the additional option "Register administrative office in other US state" and we take care of the rest.

ENDCODE> ENDCODE> If desired, we can provide an American managing director for your US company. This can make sense and offer several advantages depending on the exact situation:

  • Opening an account at a traditional bank (e.g.B. Bank of America, Chase)
  • Signing contracts that require U.S. general managers
  • May appear in the imprint
  • Can be listed on the commercial register

A U.S. managing director is usually not necessary, but if you attach particular importance to one of the listed points or there are economic reasons for it, you can of course use this option.

ENDCODE> By default, we open USD and Euro accounts for your US company with leading fintech banks such as Revolut, Wise, Mercury or Payoneer. These do not require a US managing director.

Optionally, we also take care of a premium business account for you at one of the traditional banks such as Bank of America or JP Morgan Chase as an additional service. Important to note here is that this requires a US General Manager, which can be provided by us (unless you have your own General Manager in the US).

Optionally we can open accounts with PayPal and Stripe for your US company.

ENDCODE> ENDCODE> Miami has made a reputation as a center of modern art and design mecca. Also, Miami is important for many US corporations as a gateway to South America.

Advantages of Miami

  • Dream city deep in the south: sun and warm temperatures all year round
  • Many direct flights to Germany and Europe
  • Where business can be combined with pleasure
  • Gateway to Latin America and most important financial center of the region
  • Home of choice for many Germans and Austrians (advantageous if you are looking for German-speaking employees)
  • Important art, culture and design center

What you need to know about Miami

There is not much left of the grubby Scarface Miami of the early eighties. I myself lived in Miami for three years. An acquaintance of mine was a homicide detective himself during the Miami Vice era, but was then forced out of the police force into early retirement because the number of murders in Miami had dropped so much. If there used to be one murder victim per day, today there might be one per month.

I myself got to know Miami through the series CSI: Miami (a blend of scenes filmed in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and California) and I was immediately hooked. It has attracted me magically ever since, until I opened an office there in 2008 and ventured across the big pond with kid and cone. I have never regretted this step.

At best, Miami is the party town for tourists that it is generally thought to be. Otherwise, a lot of business is done in Miami. The scene is incredibly international. Of course, Latin Americans without end, but then many Germans, Italians, Russians. You have to imagine that a lot of wealthy people move to Miami or at least stay there for a large part of the year. In Miami, business is done everywhere – but in a relaxed atmosphere, for example in a bar. I always liked the Design District. The city has become a major creative center in recent years with many design and fashion labels from around the world.

The last section, however, is dedicated to the weather (finally!). Especially in winter – that is from October to March – the weather is a dream. Warm, dry, not too hot. You can still go to the pool every day. The summer (April to September) is hot, stormy, it rains daily. The humidity is incredibly high. But to be honest, even that can be endured quite well with air conditioning.

Visual impressions of Miami

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Massachusetts is in the middle of the US states in terms of taxation (based on the tax burden at the state level).

Boston is particularly well known, without question, for Harvard, the famous Ivy League university from which many of the greats of business have graduated (or not). The most famous of them at the moment is probably Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

From the cityscape point of view, Boston is characterized by the many King George style houses in the famous Old Town. Some streets are clearly reminiscent of London and Dublin. And many Americans blame New Englanders for thinking they are better than others. You can also hear it in the accent.

This slightly elitist, academic-traditional, but still innovative touch makes Boston interesting for many entrepreneurs. Harvard provides a constant influx of new talent while maintaining a world-class international atmosphere.

But to think that Boston is snobby because of this would be wrong. Boston is also the city with the largest Irish-born population in the U.S. The Irish came by the thousands in the 19th century. Century to Boston. Even today, a large portion of Boston’s residents swear by their European ancestors and their Irish Catholic traditions.

Visual impressions of Boston

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ENDCODE> The San Francisco Bay Area is top IT location in the U.S. and home to many giants like Apple and Google. Founders and VCs flock here in search of the next Facebook.

Location advantages San Francisco

  • California is the most economically powerful state and the fifth largest market economy in the world.
  • Most populous state in the U.S.
  • great weather, beautiful nature.
  • Mega-hub of US technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Tesla.
  • Center of the US venture capital scene.
  • Known for its cosmopolitanism, tolerance and political liberal traditions.
  • Many very well educated employees.
  • Leading universities.
  • Good flight connections to Europe.

What you need to know about San Francisco

San Francisco and the Bay Area are still the most popular destinations. Silicon Valley the hub of the world when it comes to internet companies.

Although California levies the highest taxes at the state level, along with New York, this trend is unbroken. This just goes to show once again that the tax rate alone is not everything. Especially if you’re a tech startup and not making a profit anyway.

Since we have many clients from the Internet sector, California is one of the most sought-after locations among our clients. The networking opportunities are simply phenomenal. Those in the industry find like-minded people everywhere – at Starbucks, golfing or at the beach.

Quite independent of Silicon Valley, San Francisco is a great city. California in general is a dream. The sunlight is warmer and richer there. This may be due to the pleasant dry air and the mountains dominating the horizon.

Unfortunately the weather in San Francisco or. often cold and foggy throughout northern California. But the Napa Valley wine region isn’t far away and is often visited by tech giants on company outings.

Visual impressions of San Francisco

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ENDCODE> The C corporation is the safest option for most non-resident entrepreneurs as a corporation. It has higher taxes on distributions, but in most cases this argument is not decisive. If you expect high profits, do not live in the USA and do not plan to move to the States, z.B. the US LP in the form of a German foreign reverse hybrid structure.

An LLC makes no sense for entrepreneurs residing in Germany or similar countries. For Exempt taxpayers, however, or anyone planning a move to the States or already living there, it naturally lends itself. For more on the Exempt LLC, click here.

I remember exactly how surreal and unreal Las Vegas felt at the time.

You drive for hours through the desert in true Egyptian darkness, and suddenly this huge sea of lights appears in the middle of the darkness.

The city itself is dominated by lights that never go out. Casinos entice you with free drinks as long as you play. Always bright as day. Always the same temperature.

Later, we visited the Hofbrauhaus – a true copy of the Munich original, right down to the brass band music – and stayed there until the early hours of the morning. After that, even hardcore partygoers only felt like sleeping and so first night in Las Vegas visit ended as surreal as the day had started.

That’s Vegas: Everything a little surreal, a little kitschy, a little fake. But friendly and fiscally interesting, because Nevada does not levy corporate income tax at the state level.

Visual impressions of Las Vegas

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New York stands out as having by far the highest tax burden in the U.S. Followed by California. In the process, 64% of the state’s total income tax is paid by just 80.000 people paid. And this in a city with over ten million inhabitants.

This 80.000 are, of course, those top earners from the much-maligned financial industry. New York City is the city of finance. Wall Street is the mecca of the global banking and finance industry (or it shares that title with London). Famous for the movie of the same name or even the "Wolf of Wall Street", today we see some manifestations of this form of capitalism as rather critical.

New York City is also the city of fashion, on a par with Paris in this category. And nowhere are restaurant critics tougher than in New York.

Does your company fit into this environment, this mix of creativity and capital? If so, then New York City is the right location for your business.

Visual impressions of New York

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We may smile at this, but from my own experience I can tell you how hard it is to escape it when you see it up close.

You see the U.S. President on TV all the time – but actually standing in front of the White House makes quite an impression. Walking up the steps of Congress and realizing that from this building the world politics of the last hundred years was significantly shaped: That doesn’t leave most of us cold.

The special flair of Washington is also due to the fact that almost all people you meet somehow make a living from the state apparatus – as a civil servant, as a supplier, as a teacher of civil servants’ children. Very different from San Francisco, where almost everyone you meet has something to do with technology.

If you’re looking for the lawful, the dignified, the sublime for your U.S. business, Washington, DC – the center of power – is your city.

Visual impressions of Washington, DC

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Although Jackson has only 10,000 inhabitants, it has its own airport, which is the busiest in Wyoming. In the winter season, it is served daily by 13 cities. In the low season, only Denver, Salt Lake City and Dallas are flown to – but still.

Many wealthy families live in Teton County, including Dick Cheney and Walmart heiress Christy Walton. You’re drawn to Wyoming because there’s no state income tax or corporate income tax to pay (you still have to pay federal tax, of course) and because the state is very discreet about disclosing information to z.B. in the commercial register goes.

That’s what has made Wyoming one of the most popular states to incorporate in the U.S.

Visual impressions of Jackson

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ENDCODE> Follow in the footsteps of major companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, Daimler, Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank and incorporate your U.S. company in Delaware.

If you want to know more about why this small state on the East Coast is so popular with both international and U.S. corporations, here’s a summary of what makes Delaware so attractive to entrepreneurs from around the world.

Location advantages Wilmington

  • In the best of company: Registered office of countless subsidiaries of almost all well-known international companies
  • By US standards, Delaware has a long legal tradition, resulting in a jurisdiction that is advantageous for companies
  • Legal system beneficial to companies in the form of arbitration
  • Confidentiality: practically no information is published in the commercial register except the company name
  • Tax advantages for companies that z.B. Receive royalties from other US states

What you need to know about Wilmington

Wilmington is a comparable small city with only 70.000 inhabitants. It is directly adjacent to the much larger Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania. Despite its small size, Wilmington is Delaware’s largest city.

Delaware is the U.S. state with by far the highest number of registered corporations.

The main reason for this is that Delaware has the most favorable corporate law for businesses of all US states. Also, Delaware’s commercial register offers an even higher level of confidentiality than other U.S. states.

Fiscally, Delaware offers fewer advantages than you might think. The tax advantages are especially noticeable for large American corporations, which are taxable in several states in the U.S.

Visual impressions of Wilmington

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On our page "Delaware for Dummies: Tax Paradise USA finally understandable" Learn more about the benefits that Delaware specifically offers to companies located there.

ENDCODE> ENDCODE> If desired, we can provide an American managing director for your US company. Depending on the exact situation, this can make sense and offer various advantages:

  • Opening an account at a traditional bank (z.B. Bank of America, Chase)
  • Signing contracts that require US directors
  • May appear in the imprint
  • Can be registered in the commercial register

A U.S. director is usually not necessary, but if you are particularly concerned about one of the points listed or there are business reasons for doing so, you can of course use this option.

First and foremost, there is a positive tax climate: South Dakota does not levy a corporate income tax, nor an income tax at the state level (beware: federal taxes still have to be paid!).

Furthermore, South Dakota is trying to create a good infrastructure and to reduce the bureaucracy for entrepreneurs as much as possible.

Doesn’t South Dakota sound interesting as a home for your US company??

Visual impressions of Sioux Falls

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ENDCODE> ENDCODE> ENDCODE> If you wish, we can provide a U.S. director for your U.S. company. This can make sense depending on the exact situation and offer various advantages:

  • Opening an account at a traditional bank (z.B. Bank of America, Chase)
  • Signing contracts that require U.S. business leaders
  • May appear in the imprint
  • Can be registered in the trade register

A U.S. business manager is usually not necessary, but if you attach particular importance to one of the points listed or if there are economic reasons for doing so, you can of course use this option. Since the general partner LLC manages the business of the LP, the manager we provide is appointed to the LLC as manager (= director). The LP itself does not know any corresponding organs.

Today something different: This is my rant about the USA. Because in all the places I’ve visited in this world, it was always traveling Americans who complained the most about the respective country. Yes, that means you, dear Americans. I wrote this post mainly for you. So that you can experience firsthand how a foreigner complains about your country. Of course, I do this in a light-hearted and non-aggressive way and against the background that I myself lived in the USA for many years.

I point out that there are of course many things in America that I genuinely like. But again, there were too many things that got on my nerves that I just have to vent about.

I don’t feel like whining about foreign policy or the economy. This is entirely about my frustration with daily life in the U.S. The United States is, after all, a huge country and it is impossible to generalize all 300 million of them, but the points of view mentioned below are just my observations after many years in the USA.

1. Americans are far too sensitive

Sometimes I wonder if political correctness is in your constitution. I found out very quickly on my first visit that I almost always had to hold my tongue, and (even more annoyingly) that no one dealt with me directly.

It seems as if the expression of one’s own opinion is a huge taboo. You can’t directly tell a friend that he fucked up. No one tells you that you look like you could lose a little weight (in a nice and supportive way, of course). There are also way too many euphemisms to get around the bitter truth.

To some extent, I can understand that — on the whole, the U.S. does a great job of stopping people from discriminating against ethnic minorities and toning down hate speech. But on the individual level, it all weakens way too much.

A lot of Americans I’ve met feel very lonely, and I think that’s a major reason for that. It may well be that you will never find a friend or. A friend finds when a buddy who knows you well and supposedly cares about you doesn’t tell you the hard facts and then tells him why he’s so damn annoying. so that you can finally change that! Insulting someone for no reason is considered pointless aggressiveness, but constructive criticism is what friends are for, right?.

2. Everything is "awesome"!

I really hate that word awesome ("awesome", "great", "rad"). It used to mean "scary" or "awesome" ("awe" means "awe"), but in the States it means. simply nothing! It’s not even called "good," it’s just a filler word like "um," "well," or "so".

It is THE quintessential cliche U.S. word. And I heard it constantly until my ears started to bleed. Too many overly positive adjectives are thrown around so much that they end up losing meaning entirely.

And when you ask someone, "How are you doing??" the answer is always "super!" or "great!" even if this is not the case at all.

When you start using such aggressive positivity the meaning is thereby weakened and these words eventually become neutral. So what do you do then when you need to express true positivity? Of course, if someone says, "Well, it goes like this," it means they are absolutely crappy! I don’t think the word "bad" is in the Yanks’ vocabulary at all. The worst part is that this phenomenon is now slowly appearing in the English language all over the world, and I hate it!

3. A smile means NOTHING

When I meet US-Americans abroad, one of their biggest complaints is "Nobody smiles in the Prague streetcars"!" or "The waitress was so rude! She didn’t even smile!"

Damn it Amiland! With you guys it’s exactly the opposite that annoys me: you smile way too often! It finally gets on my nerves! How can I tell if someone really means it?? And why the hell would a stranger on a streetcar want to just grin to himself like a moron while solving a cross puzzle?

When the Europeans smile, it actually means something. For example, since Germans don’t walk around everywhere like they’re in an American toothpaste commercial, when I was out with them their smiles lit up the whole room — because you knew it actually meant something and you had to smile back inevitably. One had z.B. told a joke or a funny story, or you were in love etc.

But you don’t need that at every moment! If you always just smile in public, it loses meaning completely. Supposedly a smile releases endorphins, but if your face is constantly just taking on that expression, sometime soon your dreams of a natural high will disappear. I’d rather try to improve my own life so I have something to smile about and don’t have to screw myself and the whole outside world over.

Although I sound a bit grumpy in this article (after all, complaints are the whole point of the article), the fact that I’m giving my opinion means that you also know I’m really happy when I look like this. And that does indeed happen a lot :) But not always!

4. Tip

For you it may be an advantage, but it was a pain in the ass to be interrupted by the waitress every three minutes and asked if everything was alright. I had to fake a smile (after all, it’s the American way – see above!) and give the thumbs up so she would leave me alone because I always had my mouth full. I really don’t get the meaning. If I’ve been served the wrong order and I suddenly realize that I’m dying of an allergic reaction because of your food, you realize it long before those three minutes are up.

For me, going out to eat is always an annoying experience for that very reason. In the rest of the world, you can always call the waitress to you when you need something. If this was an honest interest, or if the person in question just wanted to be friendly, that would be fine, but it just isn’t. In fact, it’s all about the subtle reminders that this person wants a tip from me.

It drove me crazy — I really think that tipping is ridiculous as a main way to make money. If I have to pay anyway, then let that be included in the damn bill! It’s not a fucking tip after all if it’s compulsive.

One complaint I hear all the time is how rude the waitress is and Americans claim it’s because they don’t get a tip. Instead of getting a tip, waiters just earn their salary like everyone else and they do their job. And if they do their job badly enough they will be fired. But apparently if you don’t keep grinning at the customer like a world champion, it’s considered "rude".

I think the basic concept of tipping is fine — but all the explanations I’ve heard for mandatory tipping don’t make any sense at all when you’re discussing it. You can describe waiters/waitresses as hard workers who deserve that tip and need a higher salary than just minimum wages. but what about teachers and nurses? Why don’t they get a tip? Why don’t you tip everyone you deal with in any way, like z.B. Bus drivers, or why don’t you just leave a little tip in the garbage can for the garbage man? It’s inconsistent, and waiters, hairdressers and cab drivers should just charge us what’s payable.

Some ridiculously claimed that it makes it cheaper when the restaurant won’t charge more, but you pay the difference anyway. However, what all this contributes to is quite clear:

5. Wrong prices everywhere

Tipping is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s all just a huge marketing scam to fool customers into thinking they’re paying less. The price you see on the menu is nothing compared to what you actually pay. In addition to tips, of course, taxes are also added.

Taxes are, of course, a necessity of life — after all, without them governments all over the world would not function. So why hide them from us? It’s beyond my comprehension that stores refuse to include taxes in prices. The price they write down is basically useless. It just says "this is how much we get from what you buy, but you actually have to pay more.

I don’t give a shit how much YOU make though. I do want to know how much I have to pay! How much money. I must tell you. give? Do I really need to spell this out for you?

The most ridiculous thing is the so-called "dollar stores". If I have a single dollar, yes I will be rejected from the dollar store. It’s a dollar they make, not what I pay. Come on? The only thing that matters is the store’s perspective.

I’ve been told it’s because taxes are different in every state (and sometimes counties??). I shed a tear for the poor giant corporations that sell devices in different states that are unable to ask the stores there or the store managers in different regions with a stated tax rate to run their own tax bills and print labels with that particular tax rate for their millions of customers because it inconveniences the corporation just a tiny bit.

We have the exact same product sold in many different European countries (often in the same multilingual packaging) and somehow someone in the company found the time to enter numbers into a calculator in advance (which cost 1 euro) to tell people how much they were actually paying.

It’s all nothing but a huge marketing scam. It makes the prices seem lower, which is dishonest. A great way to make people feel like they are paying less, but the rest of the price is added when you hand over the money. This is a huge part of…

6. Cheesy, aggressive marketing

I want to scratch my eyes out with toothpicks every time I am forced to endure U.S. commercials. Just stop it!

Most Americans don’t even notice it — it plays so often on TV that it’s nothing but background noise by now. And that means advertisers have to be even louder to reach them. It’s a vicious cycle that drives any non-American crazy who isn’t used to it.


I decided to watch an episode of House on cable TV one night. Until then, I had really only watched American television series either without commercials on the internet or in Europe with European commercials in ordinary consecutive time periods.

Every few minutes you get pulled out of the show – so much so that the commercials at the beginning actually seem like they could be the show (in Europe, there’s an animation that makes the sign-off or. announcing the intro, or anything else that tells viewers that there’s about to be a break in the broadcast). Next thing you know, you’re being bombarded by irrelevant spam and "awesome" pictures of people practically having orgasms when they buy product X (this product is, of course, only available now in the special offer!). And if it’s anything medical you get read a super quick text listing all the possible medical ailments you can think of that might be side effects for that product. But at least the tacky model is happy, so it’s probably not that important.

And that’s the thing: Americans are marketing geniuses. This can never be disputed. Every time I went to buy a milk carton, I felt attracted by something unfamiliar in the supermarket to some expensive junk I didn’t even need. I almost bought this garbage, or I bought it and felt very stupid when I left the store.

When you are in Las Vegas you can see by the design of the casinos how cleverly they manipulate people. No windows, no clocks, hard to find exits, no way to get where you want without walking through rows of gambling machines. The lucky machines themselves have lots of twinkling lights and lively music to attract customers. One feels hypnotized. They know exactly what they are doing in the process and they have billions of dollars to prove it.

But still it is manipulation, and for those of us not used to the loudness it is just cheesy. Every corner of the U.S. is plastered with some kind of advertising or sponsorship, and I feel so satisfied now that I’ve left the country. No more random calls on any landline (including hotels I paid for) with voice recording trying to sell me anything, and no more advertising brochures stuffing my mailbox.

7. Wasteful consumerism

Some aspects of consumerism are hard to avoid when you’re incessantly surrounded by ads, but sometimes it’s people’s own fault for being so wasteful.

By far the best example I can think of is this whole Apple craze. So many Americans waste so much money to own the latest version of Apple iPhone or Macbook. If you buy one of these it’s in fine (I personally like Apple products too), but there are many arguments why it could be better, and I need an iPad anyway for for my tech work with certain apps. I have z.B. also like to own a good smartphone and laptop, and I’m ultimately a consumer just like you, if you happen to own an Apple.

But the problem with that only comes up when you replace your iPhone 7 with an iPhone 8 and do it with a flock of the millions of other sheep for no reason at all. This is senseless and wasteful consumerism at its best.

I took advantage of this when I lived in Austin a few years ago and only the original iPad was on the market. I waited until the iPad 2 was announced and, as expected, there were 20 new ads every minute on Craigslist alone in the city from desperate fanboys trying to sell their iPad 1s. I convinced a guy to sell me his with Bluetooth keyboard case for a quarter of the original price, only two months after he bought it! He was so desperate and needed the latest version, which was a tiny bit thinner and faster and had a camera that made you look like a complete idiot if you pointed the iPod at something, but was otherwise completely the same.

Personally, I only replace my smartphone when it breaks due to wear and tear or when I accidentally drop it in the ocean, etc. However, I am also a consumer, and occasionally buy things I don’t need, but replacing something I already have with something that is just a little bit better I will never be able to comprehend

What makes it worse is that sometimes these people claim not to have much money and Apple products are added to their list of "necessities". The smartass I bought my iPad from sighed when I told him what I do for a living and how often I travel for a living. He said that he wished he had the money to go traveling. I wish he had the common sense to realize that if he stopped wasting his money he would end up with a lot of it left over.

8. Origin

Every U.S. American you meet is actually not American. They are one quarter Polish, 3/17 Italian, ten other x-any countries, and then of course half-German. Since Germany is more homogeneous, it’s hard for me to value that, so to be honest, I really don’t give a shit if your great-great grandfather had a groomer whose roommate was from Germany. I really just don’t care about such things.

Simply the number of people who said "Oh my GOD, me too!!" whenever I said I was from Germany was just ridiculous. I use country adjectives a bit more restrictively than Americans, so that was always a little pet peeve of mine. I finally learned that "I’m from Germany" meant what I wanted it to mean, and more than "I’m German."

I don’t want to say that I don’t respect the origin of other people (a colorful picture makes a country more interesting), but when people start talking about it like that, it would be genetic, so their Italian origin makes them more passionate and their Irish origin makes them better drunks I really have to roll my eyes.

However, I should additionally mention that it’s due to language usage, so "German" actually means "German-American," as I understand it. That’s all well and good, but my point is that people who are actually from the country in question (and were born and raised there) find such things annoying. Neither is correct, but it’s just important to recognize that it might be more appropriate to think of it as "I have German ancestors" instead." when talking to someone from that country. This is especially true if you speak other languages.

9. ID checks and stupid alcohol laws

Seriously. I promise I’m not twelve. Please let me enter the disco! I’ve even witnessed 60 year olds being asked for ID. Nowhere else in the world am I asked to show my ID now that I’m in my early 40s. Sometimes I didn’t have my passport (the most important document I own that I don’t want to spill beer on) in my pocket at the time and was just denied entry.

I find it unbelievable that you’re not allowed to drink until you’re 21, but they give 16 year olds driver’s licenses and you’re allowed to buy a rifle at 18. You are not allowed to walk around with alcohol outside in most states (but if you carry it in a brown paper bag while drinking it everything is fine). I find these laws nonsensical.

10. Big corporations win every time, but not small businesses

While there are many arguments to be made that there should not be exclusively a small group of large corporations competing against each other, my biggest concern has to do with availability.

Do you get all your food from Walmart and Wholefoods, and nowhere else, these places grow and are largely separated by long driving distances. But what remains in between? A desert.

I was in downtown Chicago one day and just wanted to buy something to eat, but after walking around for an hour the only inexpensive choice was Dunkin’ Donuts. There are lots of cheap places to eat in Chicago, but you have to drive there, or be in a certain part of town where there are lots of restaurants (knowing ahead of time). There is simply too much competition between the large corporations to allow smaller businesses to spread out comfortably in cities.

But if I’m brought down in some random European big city I find within a few minutes what to eat. However, do the same thing in the U.S., even downtown, assuming it’s not a restaurant district and that’s without a cell phone and a car, I starve to death. And this is one of the main factors which contributes to one of the biggest problems I had in the US :(

11. A country designed for cars, but not for people.

The USA is a terrible place for pedestrians. It’s the worst place in the world to live if you don’t own a car.

For my first few trips to the U.S., I had a pretty hard time – relying all the time on public transportation (which is at least serviceable in certain major cities, but in my opinion never up to the level of a developed country) or someone I was currently friends with. In most cities, you simply can’t do anything without a car. With a few exceptions (such as.B. San Francisco or New York), are all stores, inexpensive restaurants, supermarkets, electronics stores, etc. Miles apart.

I really like Austin, but I thought it was ridiculous that it was rated as one of the most "pedestrian friendly" cities in the US. Because I lived just outside but still within walking distance of downtown, there was a whole stretch of my commute without sidewalks. Downtown was walkable, but most people lived just outside of it and have to drive to get there.

What was scariest for me was that I felt very alone while walking in any U.S. city. In many cases I was the only pedestrian on the whole city block, even when I was in the middle of the city center during the week! The entire country is geared towards getting in your car, driving to your destination, and getting out of. No walks.

Walking to find food luckily (as I would do in any European city) was a terrible idea every time if you didn’t check Yelp first.

For my more recent visits, I actually borrowed a car for the majority of my stay, and everything was all the more convenient, but I really felt like I was using my feet just for the gas pedal.

12. One is always in a hurry.

So many things in the US are way too rushed for my taste. Fast food is now everywhere in the world. Even in a fancy place, you get your food within less than five minutes of ordering it! What’s the hurry? People don’t seem to have the patience to invest time to improve things unless it involves a monetary investment.

Americans are also very punctual, because time is money, of course. So many of them would benefit from just enjoying life for once and being late because they took their time.

Despite all the fake positivity, I find Americans to be the most stressed and the most unhappy of all the peoples on earth. Despite all the resources and all the money they have, they are sadder than people I know who barely manage to make ends meet but still know how to live in the moment.

This rush to the finish line or to a million dollars in the bank or to promotion, and how these dictate all of life I find sad.

13. Money obsession

I have met far too many people who are more interested in their bank balance than their own quality of life. These were people richer than I could ever imagine, but depressed. More money seems to be the only way for them to solve problems.

They don’t travel because they think they need tens of thousands of dollars to do so (which is simply not true), and they don’t enjoy the day because then they might miss a business opportunity.

No goal is ever big enough — more wealth, more fame, more power. That’s human nature, and there’s something like that in every country on earth, of course, but I think the U.S. amplifies that much further, until eventually it becomes a life goal and the most important priority for some people.

14. Unhealthy portions

Besides not talking honestly to overweight people, the biggest problem is that in restaurants the portions are way too generous. Every time I ordered even a small portion I was completely full afterwards. Small means something completely different to me than it does to Americans. Sit down at most places and order anything but an appetizer or salad you get more than you should.

Growing up I was constantly reminded of starving children in Africa so I feel guilty if I don’t finish my plate. This was disastrous during the few months I spent in the states, where I gained MUCH weight! I almost should have asked for a "doggy bag" (bag for leftovers) every time.

I’ve learned to stop asking for a soda, because when restaurants offer free refills, I think I should drink more. after all it is free. Ew!

15. Distorted world perception& American exceptionalism

Last of all, one thing that gets on my nerves is this distorted perception of America’s place in the world. Americans ask me all the time if I’m afraid of traveling in Europe. I found it much scarier walking around at night in certain parts of downtown San Francisco or Chicago than I ever did in the "gritty" parts of London or Berlin — because at least there are people on the street there.

And I find it pretty scary to be in a country where practically anyone can legally buy a gun.

America has a skewed view of itself as the "land of the free" — and that was certainly it. 200 years ago, compared to other Western countries at the time (forgetting, of course, the problems that prevailed everywhere, like z.B. no freedom for certain races and genders) But nowadays most of Western Europe is just as free, if not freer, and offers opportunities for people at all levels. In fact, America is a better place with a higher standard of living than most other countries, but in Western culture freedom of speech and tolerance for all are usually the norm, and not just in the U.S.

There is no best country. But those who constantly talk about how America is number one are usually those who have never or hardly ever traveled outside the USA.

How about saying America is great or even "awesome"? I think patriotism is a great quality to possess and we should all be proud of where we were born.

But nationalism (the belief that other countries are inferior) is a terrible trait.

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