Are American-made products really American-made?

More and more people are disenfranchised by the loss of jobs to the overseas market. Unemployment is high, and outsourcing labor has become the norm. Some consumers will always be looking for quantity not quality. Or at least the cheapest possible price for things that they buy. Why buy a well-made fashionable 50 dollar shirt that's made in the USA when you can have five shirts from Walmart for the same price? You get what you pay for, that's why.

Since the "Made in the USA" trend is growing, everyone seems to want to get in on the bandwagon. But made in the USA is not always made in the USA. Companies use parts from China, produce the product in Bangladesh except for one small part. They ship the goods to the US, and "assemble" the product, whatever that means. It can be as simple as placing slot a into b, or attaching a strap to a handbag.

Then they slap a MADE IN USA label onto it. Market share increseses. Profits increase. The manufacturer is still buying cheap goods and using cheap labor, but the "final" prodcut is made in the US because some small part of the process was done here.

And that's all legal.

With more people starting up USA made businesses, and some bringing production back to the US, companies are being scrutinized--consumers want to know just how "Amercian-made" these products are.

You'll find a lot of small local merchants carry locally made products. But big retailers are getting wise to the appeal of American made as well.


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