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Forum Post: Made in America won't exist unless you ask for it!

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 25, 2011, 4:16 p.m. EST by annapolitans (12) from Annapolis, MD
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Starting today, you should always look for for AMERICAN MADE items.

Even in large retails outlets where chines junk is the norm, just ask the manager/ staff if they have any AMERICAN MADE products. Do this EVERY TIME you go shopping!! It might be a bit odd at first but you can get used to it. Just have your spouse friend kids parents do the same thing. Just ask the store manager EVERY TIME if they have US Made items!

They will get sick of this and will bring it up on their next meeting with suppliers and and the wholesale suppliers will get tired of this shortly too after so in a few weeks and may be months in some cases you we will all notice some American items. Just like some of the hand tools in Home Depot starting this years ARE MADE IN US (have not seen that in the passed 15years until this year) ........................... With that targeted consumer demand will come some jobs..... etc . NO MAGIC JUST A LITTLE ANNOYANCE on our favorite retailers. PS. buy nothing day will not work on a large scale but BUY AMERICAN will work if you ask you family friends neighbors to do the same. I think this will be a very popular movement. PS 2 . Congress will not help us to create jobs(Chinese manufactures groups gives millions to US Congress reps.) but we could do it buy demanding American good OVER AND OVER AND OVER from our retailers until some is doing something about it. Don't worry they will do it because they will see money in it!! (increased demand)



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[-] 2 points by IamMamaCas (21) from Norman, OK 12 years ago

If everything reverted to a local scene, people would be working more on a level to sustain themselves, instead of being so greedy. If each town had a 'local wal-mart' that was stocked solely with things made in state, I would 100% go there instead of Wal-mart.

We need to make it convenient. If I knew I could go to a store and not have to look at every label to find the made in America stuff, that would be amazing. I can't eat gluten and there's a store here that has little tags that say Gluten Free! I don't have to read all the labels, I just look for the tag. It's so amazing. We should encourage existing stores to label all the things that are made in America.

They want you to think you can't afford American made products so they can make more money. With outsourcing they charge a mark up of on average 100 - 300%. If it were American made the mark up would probably fall on average to 100-150%. You can see why they don't want you to think it will work. It's not that the company will fail, it's simply they won't make as much money.

[-] 1 points by annapolitans (12) from Annapolis, MD 12 years ago

I agree but we need to let the stores know that we WANT AMERICAN! All it takes just ask for it each time you go shopping. That is what we been doing for weeks now. The managers are getting the message. We do not have to speak they know what we want already! Sooner or later they will get annoyed and they will passe on our request to the General Manager and the Supplier! It is free to ask for US MADE!!!!!

[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 12 years ago

I cant afford to buy made in america enough said.

[-] 1 points by CatLady2 (248) from New York, NY 12 years ago

There are a ton of made in USA sites for online shopping. Some of the sites also provide a company bio. As for shopping in stores.. I make it a habit of reading every label, turning over every product and seeing where it is made.
Clothing however is an issue as so much of the fabrics are coming from places that employ child labor to harvest the cotton , silk, etc. Takes a little extra legwork to shop, but to me it's worth it.

http://americansworking.com/ http://www.madeinusa.org/ http://www.usaonly.us/ http://americanmadeyes.com/?gclid=COy6rJ3Kwa0CFQXd4AodfnVHBw http://www.howtobuyamerican.com/index.php

[-] 1 points by jdm814 (2) 12 years ago

We can all do our part to purchase good manufactured in America, especially when we shop online. However, very few online retailers provide easy to find information about where products are manufactured. That's why I just signed the petition "Clearly label Made in America products on Amazon.com."

You can help to force online retailers like Amazon.com to clearly label where products are made so that consumers can make informed decisions. If you support this idea, you can read more and sign the petition on Change.org here:


[-] 1 points by stuartchase (861) 12 years ago

I'm asking for it, I'm begging for it. Anything is better than what we get from overseas! Just take a look at this company!


The Revolution starts here!

[-] 1 points by thrasymaqwe (13) 12 years ago

we need "made in America stores" -------------------------- thrasymaque

[-] 1 points by Apercentage (81) 12 years ago

Nothing wrong with globalization, less and less products will be made here because its just silly to manufacture them here. Its way to expensive.

[-] 1 points by annapolitans (12) from Annapolis, MD 12 years ago

Well the few folks who makes money from it agree with you! But in my opinion if politicians were patriotic or would care about the folks here in the US of A than they had put back the protective tariffs that used to be in place before "Free trade agreements" that would mean 50% taxes on Chinese piece of crop. This would start a feverish production of domestic manufacturing of all kind of things. I as a consumer would sleep better at night knowing that i do not support the Chinese communism/ capitalism nightmare etc Did you hear that in China a few days ago they had 8000 people protested against work conditions in New Balance and the Apple Factories. Their work conditions are similar to the late 1800s in the US. Horrible to think that you go to Wall mart Homedepot Sears and some one is slaving a way so you can buy a pants shoos etc.

[-] 1 points by WakeUpWorldTV (58) 12 years ago

Americans simply cannot afford American-made products. We can barely afford products made in China anymore. Mostly all items purchased today at sale price (Black Friday) were made in China on the backs of slave labor.

[-] 2 points by annapolitans (12) from Annapolis, MD 12 years ago

You might have a point there in some cases they do charge more for USA made stuff BUT it cost nothing to ask the manager for US Made items. Can you imagine: if they were asked at least 50 times a day they would start start putting locally made stuff on the shelf. How do yo thing the organic movement started. Now even if you don't buy organic because it cost too much the large grocery chanes they carry better tomatoes and bell peppers then say 2 years ago for the same price. Revolution started by consumers!

[-] 0 points by MVSN (768) from Stockton, CA 12 years ago

Tariffs. They are the only way.

[-] 0 points by ronjj (-241) 12 years ago

I can remember when you simply did not buy "Made in Japan" products such as tools. Ditto for "Made in China". If the American company and their workers can make it better and cheaper, I don't think we will have to think twice about buying that product. You won't even have to advertise it. Just put a little flag decal on it, show me that is better, put a competitve price on it and you better bet I will buy it.

Right now, I am looking for a car - show me that it has a few parts made in USA and I will get goose-bumps. I might even get those if is at least assembled in.....

[-] 1 points by annapolitans (12) from Annapolis, MD 12 years ago

Unfortunately I have to agree on cars. If i remember correctly the Toyota Camry Tundra Nissan Maxima Altima made here? For get about the Ford (Made in mostly Mexico) and the Shevy(Made in South Korea) I am not sure how to change that other than demand custom tariffs on goods shipped (Revers NAFTA and other Trade free agreements that are only good for the 1%) here. But for the time being I would suggest to any place you shop Demand American!! It is free to ask for it.

[-] 0 points by smartcapitalist (143) 12 years ago

so FTAs are only good for 1%? Would you care to explain dumbass?