Made in America

Buy “Made in the USA”!

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If we do a very general survey and ask every other passer-by whether or not they would prefer items that are made in the USA, then odds are that 10 out of 10 people will readily agree to the fact. They will nod their head and prefer products made in the USA. However, when it boils down to the statistics of people actually buying these products, there is another story altogether.

Most of these people do not want to put their money where their mouth is. If they are given an option wherein they get an opportunity to save some money by buying goods that look as though they are made in the USA but in reality are actually manufactured in China, we will find that 9 out of the 10 people will happily go in for the Chinese products. Out of the window flies the craze for products made in the USA. At the end it all boils down to how much they can save.

This is one of the primary reasons for the Chinese goods market thriving and growing by leaps and bounds across the different countries of the world.

However, if one could rethink on this decision, one most definitely should. There are more than one reasons as to why one should go in for the original products made in the USA even if they have to pay a premium for it, rather than going in for the Chinese counterfeits.

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Let us look at a few such reasons.

  • The quality of the products actually made in the USA are far more superior to the ones made in China. They look better, feel better and last much longer. If you are looking at products like cosmetics, original ones made in USA will ensure that no harm or side effects is caused to your hair or skin. Similarly, if you are looking at electronics, you can rest assured that the original ones manufactured in USA will not malfunction and put you in danger.
  • Today most of the countries where manual labor is rampant, do not follow any policies of minimum wages. Even if they do, the minimum wages that they pay are unbelievably on the lower side. However, USA has a strict minimum wage policy. Hence when you choose to purchase items that are made in the USA, you do your bit by ensuring that justified wages are paid to the person who has put his/her effort into making that product at some stage or the other.
  • USA has a very strict policy about controlling environmental pollution. This is another reason why the products manufactured there are charged at a premium. They follow stringent methods of waste disposal to ensure that the pollution levels are kept to a minimum. When you purchase products that are made in the USA, then you can rest assured that you are not adding too much to the already polluted environment.

10 Organizations Promoting ‘Made in USA’ Goods

Most American’s would indeed prefer to procure American-made goods. But the situation on the ground is really different. Most U.S. citizens will easily go for easier alternatives, forgetting to put their money where their mouth is. The entry of Chinese counterfeits and other dirt-cheap foreign goods has dealt a massive blow to true American-made manufacturing of quality goods. This has seen a number of organizations join hands to encourage people to prioritize home-made, which is good for creating local jobs, and promoting the local economy. Below are a number of platforms that either list or promote American-made products.

1. The Made in America Movement – this is a bipartisan effort that’s promoting quality American-made goods by providing resource lists, and sharing ideas on how to get involved with USA-made products.

Made in America

2. Save the Garment Center – this is a trade association whose core goal is to support the Garment Canter in New York City. Already, the group is doing a good job at promoting the Made in USA brands that are using this center. Their website features a list of American-made accessory brands and clothing such as Nanette Lepore, Ana Sui, Jolie, and Elizabeth, as well as Helmut Lang.

Save the Garment Center

3. Etsy – this is a premier e-commerce marketplace that brings together artists, and gives them a profitable medium to be entrepreneurs. Etsy has empowered millions of people with the opportunity to own their own businesses by selling handmade and USA products.

Etsy

4. Haute Americana – this is a group that shines a light on the most influential American fashion brands. All the fashion pieces highlighted on their website feature ‘Made in America’ labels. They also demonstrate great quality, impeccable style, and original craftsmanship. The site also features designer profiles and cites celebrities who are promoting American-manufactured fashion.

Haute Americana

5. Sourcemap – this is a useful initiative created by MIT Media Lab that allows you to track where some of your most favorite daily products come from. You can also learn what they’re made of, and how they’ve impacted the lives of people, the economy as well as the environment.

Sourcemap

6. Made in the USA Foundation – promotes American-made products towards fostering a prosperous and job-abundant economy. The website lists stores and products that promote the same values.

Made in USA Foundation

7. American Made Matters – this group focuses on heartening American consumers to purchase more American-made products as a way of strengthening the economy. Their website highlights, under a ‘Buy American’ tab, a list of recommended quality products.

American Made Matters

8. The Continuous Lean: The American List – highlights a list of cool and stylish brands that make their wares in the U.S.A. The main goal of this effort is to appeal to younger, stylish consumers to prioritize cool ‘Made in America’ products.

Continous Lean

9. USA Love List – built on the principle of promoting great American wares, U.S.A. Love List was created to direct consumers to great American products. The list also inspires more firms to manufacture and merchandise American-made goods.

USA LOVE LIST

10. Made in USA Challenge – this is a marketplace, a master list, and numerous giveaways of American-made products that are ethically made, eco-friendly and top-quality.

Made in USA Challenge