Finding 'Made in USA' Products
How to Find American Made Products
Looking for made in USA products? We list American made products in this consumer resource to locate American made manufacturing of all types to make it easier for consumers.
Products made in America can be hard to find. Consider buying products made in the USA whenever possible. Americans as a whole have a MUCH bigger impact on the health of our economy than any stimulus package.
Spending on products made in the USA recycles American dollars and keeps our economy strong. Since that task is easier said than done, this site exists to support HOW to do that.
American Made POLL
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Finding American Made in a Local Mall
True story about Items Made in USA
A high school teacher gave his students a weekend project. Students were to go to a mall and make lists of all of the items they could find that were American made. Fun homework for teens, right? Well, guess what?
They failed miserably because this task was nearly impossible! They were shocked! Try it yourself next time you are in a mall, or in ANY store, or even in your own house. Finding a tag that says 'made in USA' on any product might be way harder than you think. Try it!
Why Buy Made in USA products?
It takes a bit of effort to find and list American made products...yet CAN be done and is worth the effort.
Dollars spent on products made in the USA stay in America. That helps all of us by protecting stable, quality jobs for Americans. The power of change is in our wallets. We effect of our country's future every time we make a purchase.
It's about consumer choice. The goal is to help every American understand that the power of change is in their own wallets. Some aspects of the inflation and the US economy may be beyond our control, yet as consumers this can be very effective when done as a massive collective action.
Support Local Artists for Gifts
Made in your neighborhood is made in USA
It's sad to see small businesses closing their doors and talented artists starving while the masses shop at Walmart and the like. Those dollars are going to China. Consider that every dollar we spend contributes to the economy in some way, and keeping those dollars spent on American made products matters!
Consider shopping local art and craft fairs for gifts. Look for small family owned shops in your own neighborhood. Then you are not only buying American made items but also supporting small business instead of feeding the already wealthy corporations.
Buy Direct USA - An American Made Shopping Resource
BuyDirectUSA.com is a consumer resource which began in 1998 as a way to promote companies that made only American made goods. This was long before warnings about toys that contained lead and toxic ingredients which were made in China.
The Buy Direct USA current goal is still the same, and their website has grown to include items in a wide variety of categories.
Categories include: Appliances, Automotive, Baby Products, Bed & Bath, Camping Gear, Clothing, Collectibles,Cooking & Kitchen, Food & Beverages, Furniture, Gifts, Handbags, Health & Beauty, Home Décor,Home Improvement, Home Security, Jewelry, Lawn & Gardening, Leather Goods, Luggage, Pet Products, Shoes, Sports & Fitness, Textiles, Tools and Toys.
Find US Made - An Online American Made Marketplace
Find US Made is another GREAT resource for American made products. This site is a consumer built, shopper friendly resource for only consumer products that were made in the US. Categorized are thousands of locations and 14 online malls filled with only made in products.
Other helpful resources are listed which can now be searched from one location simultaneously. A new tool for consumers is a dynamic search of the prime locations across the internet filled exclusively with American made goods. This search has been named the Gateway to the American Made Marketplace and is virtually 100% free of imported products.
Made in America Store
More Ways to Find Products 'Made in the USA'
At any website, use the search box and enter 'made in USA' or 'American made' to filter out the foreign-made goods.
Take a moment to put the words 'made in USA' in the search box on whatever website you frequent. You might find more items than you had expected.
However such a search sometimes will include items made in China or elsewhere. Be alert to false information about American made products, as this is not always closely monitored.
Chinese business owners have refrained from clearly labeling 'made in China' on some merchandise for this very reason.
Made in USA Bar Code Example - How to Check Bar Codes for American Made Products
How to Verify American Made
In the image at right, note those 6 numbers underlined in red. Those indicate the country of origin, and since this one begins with a zero then it was American made. Train your brain to skim this set of numbers when you shop anywhere at all.
Remember that if it starts with a ZERO, then BUY American Made.
If it starts with a 6 ==> AVOID Made in China!
More Sources about Made in America - Are you SURE it was made in the USA?
- New York Times 2009 Article about 'Made in America'
New York Times article describes items that ARE made in America.
- Snopes Article: Barcodes Indicate Country of Origin
Great Article posted at Snopes... Did you know that the first three numbers in a bar code indicate the country of origin? Countries and numbers listed here. 690-695 = Made in China
- Made in America stores doing well.
These 'Made in America' stores are doing well, hopefully an indication that Americans are paying attention the this issue.
- MSNBC reports comeback in 'made in USA'
Stats show made in USA making a comeback, think they are correct?
US Flag Made in China?
WHY would Americans buy a US flag that was made in China? Why? Think TWICE!
An American flag made in CHINA??? Does this make sense?
A state law was actually passed forbidding sales of American Flags made in China. An American flag made anywhere else but America? How does THAT make sense? Most buyers likely never knew the flag was made in China, yet all we have to do is...read the label...if it says 'made in China' then put it BACK!
It has become so convenient to buy items 'made in China' here that many people don't even pay attention to the the labels. Or maybe due to hyperinflation, some look no further than a low price tag. Buying American may not be the most convenient way to shop right now, yet the more Americans who make it their business to do so, the stronger our country will be.
It might be next to impossible to switch ALL purchases to American made products right now, but we can all become more aware and make some different buying choices. What can YOU do for your country?
Say NO to Made in China - Consider becoming more aware and avoiding the purchase of items that were made in China.
Why Avoid "Made in China" ?
The Chinese are known to:
*participate in obvious human rights violations.
*disregard the environmental consequences of their production practices.
*treat labor workers horrendously.
About 'sweatshop labor' - Sweatshop labor refers to manufacturing of any kind that is done in an environment of exploitation. Workers In sweatshops are grossly underpaid, overworked, and abused.
While sweatshop labor is prevalent across the globe, China stands out for the most obscene and the most widespread practice of this exploitation. If you buy items 'made in China' then you have supported this obscene exploitation. Think Twice!
The FDC and 'Made in USA' Compliance
WHAT does "made in the USA" mean? Compliance Standards
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was charged with preventing deception and unfairness in the marketplace.
Often a product labeled 'made in USA' might have been assembled here, yet made from parts or materials that were purchased from other countries.
The FTC Act gives the Commission the power to bring law enforcement actions against false or misleading claims that a product is of U.S. origin. The Commission has traditionally required that a product advertised as Made in USA be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S. After a review of Made in USA and other U.S. origin claims in advertising and labeling, the Commission announced in December 1997 that it would retain the "all or virtually all" standard.
What the "Buy American Act" Actually Means
Was it really made in USA?
The "Buy American Act" requires that in order for a product to be labeled "Made in USA", more than 50% of the parts in that item must have been manufactured in the U.S. The Act also states that the U.S. government is required to prefer American-made products in their purchases.
However any law can be passed, then not monitored nor enforced. Foreign manufacturers often do not make it simple to determine a product source. It can be mighty difficult in some cases to determine if an item was actually made in the U.S. Often manufacturers do not clearly state the country of origin of a product, even though they are supposedly required by law to disclose this information.
Did you know that "Made in America," does not necessarily mean the U.S.? This could refer to any country in North America or South America. Also beware labels that state "packaged in America" or "assembled or designed in America." A product may have been assembled in the U.S., but the components may have been manufactured in a foreign country.
TOYS made in USA - You CAN find American made toys.
Narrow your search on any website to find American made toys. Type in the search box ' made in USA' to find a wide selection of toys for girls and boys of all ages that are American made.
Check out the popular "Green Toys" made in USA. Click on the rocket at right to get to the right page at amazon to continue your search. You'll also find quality toys for babies and for kids of all ages.
Not only are "Green Toys" American made, they are manufactured from recycled plastic and other materials that are environmentally friendly. Buying from such companies is doing your part to help reduce the use of fossil fuels and to also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Shoes Made in USA
Two brands of quality shoes that are American made are Red Wing and New Balance.
Most athletic shoe brands such as Nike and Adidas are made in China or elsewhere. New Balance is the most reliable athletic shoe that is mostly American made. There was a time when all New Balance shoes were made in USA, however unfortunately they've also begun to outsource.
'Made in USA' - Watch What You Read
You can't always judge a book by its cover, and this 'Made in America' book is... NOT!
There's a book for sale on amazon.com called 'Made in America' written by Nick Freeth. It's a beautiful text that describes many great American products and compliments our manufacturing ingenuity over the past 120+ years.
Yet here's the caveat...page 2 of the book gives the real picture: PRINTED AND BOUND IN CHINA
So you might be thinking, well at least all of the products listed inside the book are American made, right? WRONG!
*Levis 501's - The last US factory closed down in 2003
*PEZ dispensers - At least the candies are US made, dispensers? Not.
*Converse "All Stars" were made in the USA until 2001.
*iPods have NEVER been American made! China manufactured iPods since day one.
*Ralph Lauren produces ALL of its shirts in third world countries throughout Asia.
*Nike Air Jordans - NO Nike shoes, much less the 'Air Jordans' are produced anywhere even near the US.
Be careful what you read and believe. The above are just a few examples, among numerous others. Maybe this book should be re-titled 'Invented in America...Made Elsewhere.' Books of lists such as this one are a publishing favorite and the Made in America type probably come out every year or so.
While the book is attractive and includes interesting stories about seredippity inventions and 'Did You Know?' fun snippets, the author either got carried away or confused his research on many of his 'facts' regarding what was and is made in the USA.