Made in the USA Products: Why Buy Them?

Made in the USA Products: Why Buy Them?

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Most people want to be loyal to their country but when it comes to saving a buck or purchasing a quality item, made in the USA products seem to fall to the wayside. Currently, however, as our planet becomes more like a village with the speed and availability of everything one may need, made in the USA products are stepping back up.

Made in the USA Stats

By purchasing American made goods the benefits can be substantial. In fact, if only 1% of Americans bought products made in America, approximately 200,000 in-country jobs would continue to thrive. Plus, U.S. standards and practices are tightly watched so a product made here offers a strict manufacturing code when it comes to consumer safety. Many foreign products pose a potential threat using materials that have been found, in several cases, to have high levels of leachable, often ingestible poisons. In addition, according to the New York Times article, “Building by Buying American”, from about 1999 to 2009 the U.S. lost upwards of, “$2 trillion dollars in cumulative trade deficits with China alone. Had that $2 trillion of forfeited production taken place in America, it would have generated — based on a conservative 30 percent tax rate — $600 billion of national revenue and created millions of jobs in the United States.”

How Have American Products Advanced?

American innovation has advanced in many categories using high quality, reliable materials to produce such things as recycled aluminum water bottles, compostable utensils and organic mattresses. Paying slightly more for an American product should be based on quality and not price. Therefore, if an American made product is found to be inefficient then purchasing it perpetuates further inefficiency. Simply buying Made in the USA will not help unless the consumer finds products that work (like those mentioned above) to become part of a healthy economic growth.

Made in the USA helps the Environment

When you buy American you also help the environment. Just as there are limited or no foreign product safety restrictions, the same goes for the environment. In fact, China is a major global leader in environmental crime as they pour tons of factory CO2 from coal into the atmosphere without the filtering standards we require in America. If it is made here the money stays here helping take financial power out of the hands of environmentally unfriendly countries. With more American profits more can be invested in cheaper, cleaner energy choices; consumer driven earth friendly products and practices; and be used to give incentives to employees fueling morale as well as an American citizen’s future.

Buying Made in the USA labels requires a grand effort to make a difference. If people keep burying their heads in the sand so they can enjoy an inexpensive convenience then economic progress could be slow going. However, as more people begin to believe in and encourage America through their purchase power, the more of a chance America may potentially, once again, thrive.

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One Response to “Made in the USA Products: Why Buy Them?”
  1. Suzy Allman says:

    “Simply buying Made in the USA will not help unless the consumer finds products that work (like those mentioned above) to become part of a healthy economic growth.”

    Good point! But I’d like to add something to that caveat. Manfacturers who benefit from the Made in America movement need to up their game when it comes to customer service.

    Our company made the decision to “reshore” our production — to move from China factories to an American factory. While it is true that there is no shipping lag time, one thing China does better than its American counterparts is communicate quickly. They turn on a dime. You don’t wait and chase down emails from a China factory, because they stay on top of the production cycle, and keep you in the loop.

    Now, if American factories can’t compete with China on price, they CAN compete on customer service. We have been continually disappointed with the lack of action — and I mean, simple things, like returning emails and phone calls — from nearly every American factory we’ve dealt with.

    This is troubling for the movement, but I suspect if Made in America picks up speed, factories which are slow to communicate with their buyers will find the phones stop ringing, and factories that are well-managed and communicate quickly will do much better.

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