Post # 1
2 things have me thinking about this. 1 My husband bought a new truck about a year ago that was actually made down the road from where we live. Our state has become huge in the automobile industry. While we were shopping vehicles, it actually said on the car ” made in ___, TN”. So now that I’m going to need a vehicle in the next 6-12 months, I’ve been keeping my eye out. DH wants to buy the same vehicle for me that he has ( Nissan) to support the local industry. 2) DH had a death in the family recently, and I thought to cheer him up… I would get him a little something. He LOVES collecting pocket knives and the like. His only stipulation is that they must be American made. So– are there products out there that you seek out to buy because they’re made in the USA? I wasn’t ever aware of how pro – local business he or I was until we have had to make bigger purchases in the past 12-14 months. I know we buy stuff from China, India, Vietnam on a day to day basis, too.
Post # 3
Well, I live in Canada, so no. 😛
Post # 4
@Juliepants: Ok you get a pass!!
Post # 5
I have bought some clothes made in USA. I didn’t intended to look for made in USA and but once I saw the label, it did help me decide to get it.
Post # 6
Uhhh I prefer to buy dog treats that are made in the US, does that count? lol
Post # 7
America in general is far more obsessed with this “need to buy homemade” than us Canadians are, and partly is because of “the line” your politicians have sold you on WHY it is important to do so (it dates back in US History actually to 1933, when the world was a much smaller place, and America was just coming to the forefront in the Industrial Age).
In the last few decades, I would say that it has gained momentum in the USA due to political propoganda and fear-mungering.
Truth be told if you make a good product, then everyone will want to buy it… and they’ll pay top dollar for it
Up here, we have a more modern view of the global marketplace… we see world trade to be a good thing for EVERYONE … I buy from you, you buy from me… in the long run, there are more Customers outside of one’s country than there ever is inside
That said, I am happy when I pick up something here at home in Canada, and find that the label says MADE IN CANADA
Just another perspective, I guess…
Post # 8
I think Americans should buy Canadian. 😉
Post # 9
I like it when I notice that something in made in the USA, but I don’t go out of my way to buy only USA-made products.
Post # 10
Yes I do and often it’s not easy. For example, bath towels USED to be made in the USA and the ones available now are almost exclusively made elsewhere and IMO, total crap! I had to SEARCH for American-made towels and finally found great ones made by 1888 Mills (they make mostly towels for hotels!). I ALWAYS look at where products are made and whenever possible, I always chose what’s made in the USA. If more people did this, there would be a lot less unemployment!
And I must disagree with a PP about world trade. While in theory, all should benefit, the only ones who really do are those who turn huge profits because of cheap (and often slave) labor.
Post # 11
SO and I go out of our way to buy American made, but that’s not an option on the poll!!
He’s union. He’s proud of the country and as he is American working class, his job depends on the productivity of the country, so he uses his money to fuel our economy, and I fully agree with him.
All his tools, our furniture, our vehicles… all American made, and we try to push for American made clothing and such, but its not as easy to find.
Post # 12
I frequent the mom and pop stores (what few of them remain) around here. It costs a little more and can be a pain in the ass, but I feel it’s important. I’d really super appreciate if the local coffee shop would add a drive-thru haha!
Post # 13
I think Americans should buy Canadian. 😉
Lol, that would be nice, but to be honest outside of our natural resources (which we trade a lot of with the USA) we don’t make a lot of stuff.
Comes down to numbers… with just 1/10th of the population in a much bigger country, it costs us a ton to market things solely here, and a substantial amount to market them outside of the country (fact of life for all businesses worldwide).
Thankfully the Internet has made that all easier… so many more products are now sold globally (and that is also good for EVERYONE the world over… ie such as Off-Shore Wedding Dresses from China.. gives people options, and forces the Retailers in North America to be more competitive… still means though that there is a market for high-end Designer Dresses for those who have the BIG BUCKS to spend… so something for everyone’s budget)
The Internet has certainly meant that Canadians spend even more money than we ever did on US Made Goods… we were always your biggest trading partner, but going on-line and buying directly is sooo dang easy now… a HUGE change just from 10 or so years ago.
LOVE shopping US companies on the Internet… we do it a lot.
Post # 14
I do try to buy American made and local items. Fh and I make it a game to get stuff made here in Cleveland too. For example, we have Progressive insurance because its based here, Nestle’s HQ is right around the corner from me, and there are many local food and other manufacturers here too.
Post # 15
I def go out of my way to purchase American products and I prefer union made too. I keep a list in my phone of all the household products and large purchase items and where to buy them. Not everything can be purchased that way but I do my best. I will only buy American/Union made large ticket items like cars, that we are very strict on.
Post # 16
@kerensa: Nestle is headquartered in Switzerland. Great company, but not exactly American.