Made in the USA

In the current economic situation, it is good to keep in mind that every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their jobs.

If you are concerned about your country's economy, be aware of what you are buying. Look to see where things are manufactured. Start looking carefully.

Another concern that has come up in recent years is the safety and health alerts about goods made abroad. More consumers want to know where the products they use come from.

For me, that means looking for things that are made in the USA.

No Offense Intended

I do not mean to offend anyone with this hub, but if you come from another country, the main idea may be applicable to you too.

If you want to help your own economy, you can purchase items that are made at home. By helping small businesses in our own neighborhoods, we can show our support and loyalty to our own countries.

My Discoveries

I was in Lowe’s the other day for some reason looking at hose attachments. They were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and was curious, so I checked the hose attachments there. They were all made in USA.

My favorite toothpaste, Colgate, I discovered, is made in Mexico ... now I have switched to Crest. You can find out a lot by reading the labels on what you buy.

My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico. So, I look for another chocolate bar made in the USA.

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60-watt light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value”. I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats, and they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the "Everyday Value" brand…but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in Mexico and the Everyday Value brand was made in the U.S.A. at a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here in America.

On to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets. You guessed it, Bounce costs more money and is made in Canada. The “Everyday Value” brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday, and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge for all of us is to start reading the labels when we shop for everyday things and see what we can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbor’s!

Maybe we would not be in such a bad situation economically if we had awoken to this a decade ago.

Help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U.S.A where possible. You may find that many things on our shelves are NOT made in the U.S.A. I heard on the radio today that we import billions of dollars more than we export in the United States. Surprise, surprise!

I have read that imported produce sold in a package must identify its country of origin, but loose produce in bins does not require any labeling.

A brand name including "America", or a state or city on the label does not constitute made-in-america status.

Some products may have been come from America originally, sent to another country for processing and packaging before being imported to the United States. An example is Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon which comes from Alaska, detoured to Thailand and then sold in the U.S.


Watch out for Misleading Labels


ConsumerReports.org suggests that labels may not always tell the truth. They have said that if the label says "made in the USA ", the claim means that "all or virtually all " significant processes and parts were made in the United States.

According to them, "qualified " labels such as "made in the USA or U.S." and "imported parts ." are also allowed. However, companies must be able to back up these types of claims.

Another thing to look for is "packaged in " or "designed in " as well as "made in " or "assembled in " which refers to the actual country where it was manufactured. If the Federal Trade Commission is aware that marketers use vague or standalone terms, for example, a product which may have been invented in Seattle, but made in Bangladesh and bears the label "created in the U.S. ", they could be in trouble.

Oftentimes, a package has a seal that claims it was "certified made in USA ", but elsewhere on the product it may show that certain components have been imported. The Federal Trade Commission considers it okay if the majority of the manufacturing cost of the item was in the US.

So-called American Cars

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 75 per cent of the value of a car (including labor and parts) must be made in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. Ford's Fusion, Milan and MKZ have at least 60% of their content made elsewhere.

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Huntgoddess 17 months ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Thanks for the thoughts on this topic.

I hope all who are interested in this topic will read Todd Lipscomb's books, Made in U.S.A. Forever; and Re-made in the U.S.A.

Todd also has a website with the same names.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

When I first began checking the labels on things in the stores, I was frankly quite shocked. Growing up in the US, I took for granted that most of what we bought was made here and it used to be. Now, everything has changed. The origin of a product truly does make a difference to me now, after seeing some of the conditions under which clothing and other things are made in some countries.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I appreciate your lengthy but useful comments American Patriot. I do think it is important to support our own economy. Well said.


American Patriot 5 years ago

The people pushing hardest for outsourcing are usually the wealthiest of us. They are also the least likely to have served this country in the armed forces or the paramilitary volunteer services such as auxiliary police or volunteer fire departments. That is because wealth begets wealth and today's rich usually come from wealth and are usually disjointed from the reality of everyday life. The rich see money as a game to be played for more money and not as a means of survival. The rich grow up with a sense of entitlement. They feel that everybody owes them. In all fairness, the wealthiest of us include some fabulous genius, but they still owe their achievement to the existence of the USA. Since rich business leaders tend not to have done their civic duty the hard way, the least they can do is to invest in USA manufacturing industries. The rich tend to stay away from USA manufacturing because they don't want to actually work hard at running manufacturing plants. They would rather invest money in investments, most of which seem to involve raising the prices of basic commodities such as oil in order to provide high returns. It is also easier to start a manufacturing company with a USA office and a Chinese factory to do the work. We the people must force our wealthy business leaders to manufacture in the USA by refusing to buy foreign made items. We must force our government to mandate a greater fraction of parts and materials be made in the USA in order for an item to be labeled "made in USA" as opposed to "assembled in USA." As has been pointed out here, USA made things do not usually cost more than outsourced things. We all have a patriotic duty to favor "made in USA" until foreign countries give us the same fair treatment we give to them. For a list of USA products, please visit www.stillmadeinusa.com/.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you enjoyed it LillyGrillzit. I appreciate your comments and hope you have a success and joyful 2011.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Thank you for this Hub. I remember in the 1970s a big push was to buy American. I agree. Catching up on unread Hubs of those I follow. Sorry so late. The very best and Happy New Year.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks pmccray - I agree - we seem to help many other countries while our own people are suffering. We need to strengthen ourselves first so we can be more helpful to other. I appreciate that.


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

Charity begins at home, this is wonderful advice for main street to help kick start the economy. I will now take more time in selection of products before spending my money. A positive protest of sorts. Excellent subject matter, voted up, marked useful and shared.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Alisha2010 for your addition to the hub. If you think of that charity that promotes private spending, please let me know. I have not purchased on etsy but have an account there. Aloha.


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Alisha2010 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

Hi, elayne001, great hub. There is a charity that promotes individuals to spend 50 dollars at three privately owned stores a month. They say if everybody did this, the economy would be fixed. I can't remember the charity name, but thought you would be interested in the idea. Also, I heard buying online does nothing for the economy. Have you purchased products on etsy.com? I try to buy homemade products from local artists to help everybody out. This is a tough time, every little purchase helps. Glad to see you doing your part, elayne001!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks dahoglund - we all need value and things made in other countries seem to be less expensive than local made. We just have to remember what price it comes at though - maybe our own job or someone we love. It is a very difficult time we live in. I appreciate your comments.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I pretty much go for the best value. I had to replace out TV today and bought a Vzio I think it is at Walmart. They told me it is the only TV they have that is made in The U.S.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks lightning john. I am sure there are several factors that combined to put us in the situation we are in now. It is a difficult one to get out of. So nice of us to help out so many other countries, I guess, but it puts us in a precarious position. Aloha.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Yes, I guess you CAN say I am pretty funny. :) Oh how I chose my user names? I really don't know! I chose 'starlightshimmer' for 1 account because i like how it sounds. :D I chose peacegirl101, well, I don't know! When I made this account, I used to say at the end of my post, 'Peace to all'! But then I got tired of it. I also have a few other accounts but I haven't been on them for like a month! Here are a few of them: playpaino247, dancegirl247, lifeisgood247, and disco247. The reason I have the number 24-7 at the end is because 24 hours, 7 days a week! :D I think you should make another user for yourself! What! You really did fool people!? Your real name isn't elayne?! What is then? :) LOL my real name isn't Christina either! :p I was kidding its my 'nickname' sort of. I'll tell you my real name if you tell me yours! :D Aloha! And thanks!

-unknown :)


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lightning john 6 years ago from Florida

Hi Elaine, I was in a local auto store the other day for some bearing grease and a pair of large vice grips. The only vice grips that I saw were not made in America. I asked the people there, "do you have vice grips, made in America"? They just laughed at me.

Our own government has made it too difficult to be a manufacturer here. I think it was Nafta free trade act too, that has helped put us in this current situation with our economy.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

That is true dallas93444. All we can do is try to do our part even though it is difficult at best. Thanks for commenting.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Great idea.. However, the ability to "buy American" is challenged by the reality of often the parts of made elsewhere. Even when "made in American," often they are produced by illegals... The idea and notion to buy American is a noble idea. The reality of performing this simple task is getting more difficult each day given the "globalization" of our economy...


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you ltfawkes - I couldn't agree more. I do hope more companies decide to come back here. I appreciate your comments.

Hi LianaK - I guess if we are conscientious about what we buy, it will become natural after a while. Thanks for commenting.

Oh peacegirl101, I mean Christina - I mean about your names you choose for your hubpages accounts. You still don't know my real name, but I'm keeping it on the low down for now - I do have three names I like to use.

I will certainly check out your friends hubs. You are too funny playing games are you?

@breakfastpop - it should certainly help our economy if it can be done - bu it will not be easy. Thank you.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I totally agree, but we need to revitalize our manufacturing sector.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Hey elayne, its me again on my OTHER account peacegirl101! :) well, here are some different advantages to having 2 accounts:

Funny: You can sneak up on your friends that only know you on one account but don't know you have another one. Like you can be like 'hey your real name is Christina'! ( My real name is Christina ) And they'll be like what? Cause they don't recognize you it's a funny joke. :) you know what I mean? :) LOL

Disadvantage: the disadvantage of having 2 accounts is that you have a responsibility to manage them, like I started only going on starlightshimmer but haven't been on from peacegirl101 for like a few days. So when I finally logged in to peacegirl101 I realized that my HubScore went down by like 3 points!? Also when you get another account, you have to make it great like add a profile image, make a profile about yourself, and make a few hubs! But now when I go on hubpages I check on both of my accounts regularly so both can be in good shape! :D.

I really don't know any more advantages to having 2 accounts but I think its fun! I have a few more accounts but on one of them I forget my password. :p What do you mean how do I make names? What did you mean by that? Thanks aloha!

-Christina ( but my friends call me 'Chrissy' )

P.s. I have a favor to ask of you elayne, would you please become a fan of my best friend and leave her some nice fan mail? Like you did with me. :) Her user is willstar. But please don't tell her I told you to do it because I want it to be a surprise for her! Her real name is Emily. Please can you do this? Thank you. You can find her on my profile she follows me I follow her.


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LianaK 6 years ago

What a great hub on such an important topic! Wonderful job. We always try to buy local and eat at local restaraunts, but even then, sometimes even the local stores have things from other countries. Will be more concientious of where things come from :). Great hub.


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ltfawkes 6 years ago from NE Ohio

Great hub, elayne. I couldn't agree more. I hope other hubbers reading this will spread the sentiment.

A few weeks ago, Whirlpool announced it's bringing some of its factories home. A company spokesman said something to the effect that the company has decided to bet on the US and its workers and to invest here.

Of course, the media virtually ignored this huge news . . . not sexy enough I guess.

I googled Whirlpool and learned that its brands include Whirlpool, Maytag, Kitchen-Aid, Jenn-Air, and Amana. These are the top appliance brands anyway, and now that the company has chosen patriotism as it's corporate policy, the choice when you want a new appliance is a no-brainer. Choose the best AND buy American!!

Thanks for an important hub!

L.T.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hi starlightshimmer - interesting that you have two profiles - I was thinking of that - what are the advantages? Also interested in how you chose your names or is it a secret? thanks for your comments.


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starlightshimmer 6 years ago from The United States Of America

Hey elayne! Just to let you know I am peacegirl101 ( the one with the dolphin profile image ) on my other account. So when you see 'Starlightshimmer' its me peacegirl101! Anyway very well written Hub! I use Crest toothpast but I didn't know that colgate was made in mexico though! Thanks for the info! Aloha


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Interesting that we have to buy things with the American flag on it made in other countries, Cari Jean. Thanks for your comments.

I guess it is kind to let other countries benefit from our lack of industry, but we may just suffer in the end. Thanks Pamela99 for your comments.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Thanks for writing a good hub and I agree. I wrote about New Balance tennis shows in an article lately because they are the only tennis shoe that says made in America. I wish we made more things here and they hadn't shipped so much industry abroad. Very good article.


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Thanks for this info - I will start being more careful about my purchases - I know most clothes are made in other countries, including the T-shirt I have on right now which portrays the American flag - made in Honduras.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

If only that is all we needed, but I'm sure it will take much more at this point Hello, hello, and passthejelly, but at least we can try.


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passthejelly 6 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

I think that it is ethical to buy American goods, but the truth of the matter is they cannot compete with foreign prices. Because of this, nothing can be expected of people with lower incomes. In order to support our economy we need to support everyone in it, and stop outsourcing jobs so we can increase our standard of living. Nice hub.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A well written hub and very helpful to the American Economy.

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