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If there were a "Made in the U.S.A." section in each store department

Would you be more inclined to look in that section first if it were distinguished from the rest of the product?

Would you like to see this in a local store?

Do you think this could cause societal pressure and a trend toward buying more U.S. made products?

Do you own a store and would you experiment with this as the owner?



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I would buy

And this is what I would look for:
Is the product something I really need
Can I justify the cost
Would I get a small discount or in store coupon
Would part of the profit goes to start more American made businesses

I believe in Hope & Change..I Hope the government will Change
Spindale-Rutherford County-North Carolina

Yeah!

We could make it a law!

:)

Séamusín

No because when I was working

No because when I was working in Alaska I saw boxes of imported totem poles they sold to the tourists fresh off the cruise ships that were made in Taiwan and painted there.

They sprayed the totem poles with varnish once arrived in Alaska. They then put a Made in Alaska on it - like many products sold in the US.

This is the law that has to change. You know who's guilty of it? The car manufacturers and suppliers.

Be Your Own Media!!!

It's already created an industry of repackaging imports.

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Free includes debt-free!

I always try to buy "Made in

I always try to buy "Made in USA" products. Sometimes you just can't even if you try. And I try. All of my fishing rods are made here in USA. They are more expensive than those made in China but are of much better quality. I do believe that for the most part, our products are of better quality.

I Don't Know About That

I mean, I don't like the idea of supporting fascist countries.

It's not like he's forcing

It's not like he's forcing you to buy a product. On the other hand though, the government is forcing you to buy a product.

That's fascism.

Being offered more products made in the USA is called capitalism, where freedom of "Choice," originated and then got hijacked by globalists and feminazi lesbians.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Why should I?

Nope, nope, nope, nope, and not applicable.

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

I would rather see a

made in made in America store. Let's start one online!

There's a bunch already

It's a model that works.

My varied thoughts on this

My varied thoughts on this subject: We can no longer afford to pay people in other countries to make things for us so we get to make them for ourselves again. I think, generally, American made products are good if not better than foreign products but are also more expensive. Because we cannot really pay, many Chinese products are less and less well made. Americans are good at making things and we seem to like to do it and our wide ethnic base lets us use the talents of all types. (Just call me Pollyanna.)
If you want to go "American made", start with your food because that is the easiest place to start and local foods usually are better quality.

"We"?

I will not buy something simply because it was made by someone who is ruled over by the same government as I. Quality and value are what I am looking for.

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

Small Section

It would probably be an embarrassingly small section.

God forgives always. Man forgives sometimes. But Nature never forgives.

No because it would hurt American businesses

by making them even more dependent. I don't want American business to depend on the kindness of strangers. I want American business to kick bubblegum, take names, and dominate because they simply out compete.

Let the French and the Japanese coddle their industries. They can't do it forever, and they just make the industry even weaker in the global market.

Just like with children, if you spoil them, they get spoiled.

If you want US business to be the strongest don't coddle them, tariff them, protect them, welfare them.

If some other country subsidizes the exports of an industry, say steel, then let US businesses buy the cheap steel and make something.

That is a wealth transfer FROM them TO us..

If they subsidize the export of cars, fine, buy the cheap cars and use the savings to invest somewhere else.

That is a wealth transfer FROM them TO us..

They are taxing their own people, to make the prices lower for those products for us to buy. It's a fools game and we should thank them for being fools.

This 'buy American' crap is as misguided as the 'Buy African American' schemes. It just makes the supposed 'beneficiaries' weaker by protecting them from market competition.

You make a very valid point...

But in the end I think the free market would regulate that.
If another country wants to subsidize, sure it is a fools game. However given two American companies making similar products, in the end the cheaper, better quality and or better value will usually win out.

I don't think a buy American scheme is all that bad, and does not necessarily protect them from competition.

Just look at the auto industry in the 70 and 80's....
There was a big buy American push, but that did'nt help as the Japanese were putting out a better, cheaper, more fuel efficient product. Now those cheap Japanese cars may have given them a push through product loyality, however the tide has turned as the US can now match the quality and often exceed in luxury. Unfortunately, we are our own worst enemy handicapping ourselves through high pay unions, epa regulations and high corporate taxws.

Well said. 'Buy local' is an

Well said. 'Buy local' is an economic fallacy but could be a political statement.

If someone still wants to do 'Buy American' for certain intangible reasons, then why not extend that arbitrary boundary to state and towns. Why not 'made in Washington' or 'made in Seattle'?

I think we have to get over with the idea of thinking federally and start thinking locally. Even in case of elections, it is futile to spend energy on the one Presidential election but rather concentrate on the local body elections.

Oh of course

I'm certainly not saying people shouldn't buy whatever they wish. I am just saying if the goal is to make American enterprise stronger, it does just the opposite. If the products are equivalent by whatever valuation the buyer judges them, sure. But buying an inferior product doesn't help the producer in the long run.

If someone understands that welfare doesn't help the poor in the long run, it should be easy to understand that the same applies to business.

deacon's picture

yes

but as long as it was real american made products being sold
What i have seen,was the box made in america (complete with a fancy "made in america sticker"),but the contents were made overseas,but the box was created here.

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Took this picture today...

In an airport giftshop.(San Juan,Puerto Rico)

Maybe we should take a lesson from our PR friends. They are a very proud people. Even though Bacardi is made there, all the locals drink Don Q. Bacardi is originally from Cuba, while Don Q was created in Puerto Rico.

Ever notice thier athletes proudly display thier flag, even though they are a part of the US?? There is a reason they do not want to become a state (besides higher taxes). Its called sovereignty, pride and community.

We, as American citizens should hold these values higher as a whole over higher profits/cheaper goods. Everyday I see people paying more for supposed 'GREEN' products. "Made in the U.S.A." needs this same type of feel good stigma associated with it.

Much like the pink breast cancer campaign or the Make a wish foundation, maybe we should attach a donation to every "Made in the U.S.A." good to provide low interest loans and aid for small business owners?

When I saw that sign, I just

When I saw that sign, I just had to take a picture of it.

Denise B's picture

Yes, Yes & Yes!

I think that is a great idea. I can't tell you how many times I go shopping and see something I like and the first thing I do is pick it up to see where it's made, and 9 times out of 10 if it from China (which it usually is), I put it right back down; especially, if it is something for my grandchildren because so often these products are made with subpar materials, many of which include lead...not to mention the fact that China is primarily responsible for decimating our manufacturing base.

I think your idea is a great one, because then I would know right where to go to find what I'm looking for. Thanks for posting.

I remember this kind of thing

I remember this kind of thing happening in the late 1970s/early 1980s if I remember right. It was like a big promotional thing; "Made in the U.S.A.". I did buy as much American as I could (if it was good quality) but I also remember wanting to purchase Japanese cars in the 1980s. Those were really good vehicles. And sometimes, you'd get a bit harassed if you owned a vehicle that wasn't American. I'm a free consumer and bought what I wanted. I liked Japanese vehicles. In fact, I still have a 1991 Nissan that still runs like a charm today & until recently, drove a Mitsubishi Mirage from 1993 that got 40 miles to the gallon. To find a vehicle like that today would cost you a small fortune. Until this govt stops making international trade agreements, many of our good product companies will continue moving overseas and we'll still be left with junk to buy that isn't American. I don't know if "Made in America/USA" campaign would even work today. Many American products have a bad reputation now because of current events/economy. But if the products are good and prices decent, I'd buy American first. I've already started this at a local level. I support my "local yokel" "Mom and Pop" restaurants and businesses in my hometown. That's one good way to keep money in our economy.

Made in the USA was a big

Made in the USA was a big deal with Walmart in the late 90s, but that rapidly disappeared as it made far more economic sense to turn over all manufacturing to China.

I'd like to see a section in a store

I have a manufacturing/retail business and I make every effort to source components that are made in the USA. It has definitely made a difference in my sales, especially when people see the "Made in the USA" sticker on my product. Almost everything I sell can be labeled as being made domestically.

When I purchase supplies and equipment, I always look to see if there's a US made version at a comparable price. Drill/milling bits are a good example as there are plenty of garbage Chinese versions that break or go dull without much use. The US and German made bits are of much higher quality and are right around the same price.

Although it seems like most people only care about price and could care less where the product is made.

Often it is cheaper...........

to Buy the More Expensive items as.

"The bitterness of poor quality

remains long after the sweetness

of low price is forgotten."

- Benjamin Franklin

Yes.....Then I Can Decide for Myself.

"Quality. There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot

make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who

consider price only are this man's lawful prey."

John Ruskin

There is hardly anything in

There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a

little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider

price only are this man's lawful prey.

You should put this quote marks and give the author his due....Do you know who it is who said this?

Not really. If something was

Not really. If something was made by Halliburton in the USA I would not buy it.

I do buy products based on my moral values. For example, I try to purchase from independent stores, watch independent movies, read independent news (DP), etc. because I know it is helping like minded people.

I avoid stores/businesses that push war agendas, homosexual agendas, or harm the environment.

Yes.....Then I Can Decide for Myself.

There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a

little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider

price only are this man's lawful prey.