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Do You Only Buy What's Made in the USA?

Do You Only Buy What's Made in the USA?

With the Fourth of July approaching, I've been thinking about how patriotism plays out the rest of the year. I know some Americans, albeit few, who only buy items sourced from the States in an effort to support the US economy, as well as their compatriots. Considering how many wonderful American artisans and crafters, as well as manufacturers, there are, it's not as painful a task as it seems.

Meanwhile, there are a growing number of Yankees who shop locally out of eco-consciousness, but that's a whole different ball game. Do you only buy products that read "Made in the USA"? Or do you just buy what you need and want regardless of where it was produced?

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I do try to buy locally. I do it the most with food though, simply because you consume so much more of that than.. sweaters. I also try to do research on what businesses generally work with locally produced materials and things like that. I wonder if there's really anyone who'd prefer something that's made in the US just because then it's freaking 'murrican.
bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 7 years
I try to buy local or domestic when I can. I have an etsy shop, and buying straight from the creator is one way I like to support other entrepreneurs. I also prefer to buy something long-lasting than something throwaway and sloppily mass-produced. That's not to say that all imported products are badly made, of course, but I do try to make a comparison and spend more if the product is better. Sometimes the price difference is unrealistic for my budget, and I have to buy imported over domestic, but I try to keep my money in the US when I can. Sending our money overseas when we're in a recession just doesn't make sense! Funny anecdote: A friend who has his own nautical sewing business was trying to find some patches to sew into his products that say, "Made in the USA." He turned them over and on the back of the patches were little gold "Made in China" stickers.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I try to buy locally-made things as much as possible, but, like chloe, have often heard/read that the "Made in the U.S.A." label doesn't mean much, so I often don't really pay attention when it comes to mass-produced items.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
When I was in college, we watched a video in my Women's Studies class about how the majority of clothing and other products "Made in the USA" is actually produced in sweatshops in Saipan. So yeah, the "Made in the USA" seal doesn't really mean much to me.
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