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                                      Made In The U.S.A.

             How Are We At Buying American Made Products


An email sent to me this morning on the topic of finding American made products made me stop and think about just how good I am at that.

The email spoke of often being able to find an item that we are looking for, made in the U.S.A. This is if we would only compare products that are often located right next to each other on a store shelf.

Considering that Wal-Mart is a favorite store of mine, most of what I purchase on a weekly norm, is certainly not made in America. That includes a lot of my fabric, purchase for my craft business.

Years ago my husband and I toured a local GM plant, during that major boom-time of "Buy American," especially when it came to buying cars. The one thing that stood out in that plant, and was proudly displayed on most of the machines was the location of where the machines were made. If you guessed America, you would be wrong.

We realized that day that even in buying American, we are often buying from another country. And of course now, GM has moved many of its plants right out of America. So do we just give up and not try to buy items made in this country? Well, let's think here.

As a crafter myself, often using materials that were not made in America, I am creating the product right here in my home. So when someone purchases from me, they do in fact, buy "American Made." They are in putting money into our economy. However, they are also putting money into economies that I purchase my materials from, which is often America, but not always. So should we buy only from those who purchase their materials from America? I am thinking that would be next to impossible today.

Here is my theory on the topic. First, don't choose not to purchase a product just because it is not made in America. Second, if you can find an equally good product for a price that you are okay with paying, then buy that American made product. And third, don't get too hung up on how much of the materials for that product were made in America. --As long someone in America is benefiting from the purchase, I say that we benefit. And that includes buying even the foreign made items from Wal-Mart, because Wal-Mart does employ many Americans, putting a lot of money into our economy.

So buy American made when ever you can. But don't feel un-American if you cannot.


Special thanks to Mary for her email.
Debra J.M. Smith -  02-21-11

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