Made In The U.S.A.
How Are We At Buying American Made
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
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.
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
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.
Smith - © 02-21-11