Made in the U.S.A.

 

 

Global trade is normal part of life. The United States has always exported goods and services to other countries, and Americans have bought imported goods and services in return.

Yet over the past twenty or thirty years, a flood of imported consumer goods has created a huge trade imbalance with many countries, with the result being a loss of millions of American jobs. There are many reasons for this: American and multinational corporations make larger profits by outsourcing production to third-world countries; consumers think that they are paying less for products made abroad; and politicians have chosen not to protect American workers from often unfair competition from other countries. If you go into a typical big box store, shop online or buy from a mail order catalog today, you'll find that few- if any- of the products available (especially clothing, shoes, kitchen appliances, electronics, bedding, towels and furniture) are made in the United States.

At this point, it's probably impossible to restore a healthy balance of trade between the United States and other countries. Yet if every consumer living in the United States makes a conscious decision to shift even a tiny amount of our purchases to American-made products, we can eventually make a big difference in the overall domestic employment picture. If one in three Americans simply reallocated $1 of our daily purchases, (i.e. spending $1 less on foreign-made products and $1 more on American-made goods), it would add up to $365 a year per person, for a total of $36.5 billion. It has been estimated that even this modest reallocation of purchasing power could help create some 912,500 new domestic jobs paying $40,000 a year.

Here are a few links that offer information about American-made products and where to buy them.

 

Made in USA

Team Clark's 100+ Brands that are Made in the USA.

Still Made in USA

American-made products available online.

U.S.A. Lovelist

"An online magazine and shopping site dedicated to celebrating the very best of American Made."

MadeInTheUSA.com

MadeInTheUSA.com is an e-commerce website featuring America’s largest collection of U.S.-made products.

The Grommet

An online catalog containing products made in the United States.

United States Federal Trade Commission

The FTC's Guidelines for Poducts Labeled "Made in the USA."

 

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