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Finding 'Made in USA' Products

Updated on October 8, 2016
Buy American Made!
Buy American Made!

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.

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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!

Buying American made strengthens the US economy.
Buying American made strengthens the US economy.

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 D├ęcor,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.

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

made in USA barcode starts with ZERO
made in USA barcode starts with ZERO

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!

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.

made in USA
made in USA

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?  Nope.  This book was made in China and contains many errors.
Made in USA? Nope. This book was made in China and contains many errors.

'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.

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      gator strong 2 years ago from USA

      I just came across your Hub and it was awesome. Dewalt Tools open a plant in the South just to manufacture some of their tools. If you notice some newer 20 volt Dewalts drills advertize on their packageing that read Built in U.S.A

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      Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @anonymous: Hmmm... might try searching that way, found several searches on amazon.com for made in US to be full of errors. Many 'made in China' products appeared in the search.

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      Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @madeinusa: Yes, at one time all 'New Balance' shoes were made here, and they've begun to outsource. Sad but true in some cases.

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      Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @jjprusk: Not recommending buying 'blind' but rather to showcase quality in American made products where they do exist.

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      Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @anonymous: ... and that's precisely the point! NO regulations, slave labor & greed is what you get when you buy 'made in China'. There are many who do not wish to support such. Those people are the ones this web page was designed for. Also the wish to strengthen US manufacturing potential by searching specifically for 'made in US' products. It can be done.

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      Lisa Kelsey 4 years ago

      Great resource! Please stop by and see my lens as well: https://hubpages.com/politics/find-products-made-i...

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      mary-beth lm 4 years ago

      You have done a wonderful job with this Lens. I was going to cover the same topic in a new Lens but you have done so well here it would be hard to top! I also have a website dedicated to Made In USA if anyone is interested. www.madeinusa.la. Thank you for such a great lens!

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      Ann Hinds 4 years ago from So Cal

      We are starting small. All gifts in 2013 will be Made in America. If I can't find a gift, I will make it. That doesn't solve the problem entirely. There are only a few brands of yarn and only two companies that make fabric. As a quilter, that is discouraging. Still, 100% of the labor will be made in America. Great lens, full of great info, blessed and pinned. Thanks!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love the bar code information. I will try to keep an eye out for Made in the U.S.A. products.

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      MadeInAmerica LM 4 years ago

      Really helpful information!

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      I do find it hard to find products made in the US, but I love the tip about the barcode. I never knew that!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @CoeGurl: Walmart is the LAST place one might find anything "made in the USA" and that's now VS long ago. Poor Sam Walton never ever intended what happened to the stores he started, it would make him sick. I haven't been inside a Walmart in at least 5 years. They are among the worst of culprits who have created this problem.

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      KazikM 4 years ago

      Many American-made products are listed at http://www.productfrom.com. This website contains informations about country of origin for over 5.000 items.

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      CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

      I remember when Wal-Mart had large signs in their stores proclaiming "Made In The USA." Sadly, those signs are long gone.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I try to buy only American made products. Its not the extra cost that bothers me, it is locating the products. This lens has helped tremendously. Thanks.

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      britt44 5 years ago

      Sometimes it seems hard starting out and figuring out where to go to buy mad in USA items. Great tips!

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      Bonfire Designs 5 years ago

      USA! Great lens with information for everyone to think about, every little bit matters

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      America will never become the production capital like china due to major regulations the prices would be outrages compared to chinese made goods were the regulations are well there are none.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Good info. Good to point out that we have to be critical of what we read.

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      jjprusk 5 years ago

      The problem is that blindly buying products made in America without regards to quality and price is a big mistake. The best product in terms of price / quality needs to win otherwise we give inferior companies a short term boost while they will inevitably fail.

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      madeinusa 5 years ago

      I agree and am trying to buy more made in USA products. I recently bought a pair of New Balance shoes made in USA and learned you still have to be careful about New Balance because some of their shoes aren't made in the US.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great lens! You have built a great resource for people looking to buy American. Thank you!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Nice lens with a nice message. We should all do what we can to help support our communities both locally and nationally.

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      klaird 5 years ago

      I watched an ABCNews Made in America special about a home in Bozeman, Montana being built with 100% Made in America materials, complete down to every single nail and screw. The ABCnews website has an entire list of what brands of building materials you can use that are American made. And they said the cost was almost identical to if the house had been built with foreign products.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens! The only way to put Americans back to work is to buy American made products.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      A very helpful list of resources for those of us who try to buy products made in the USA as much as we can.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      NearTrade.com is an index of products made in USA and available through Amazon.com. Very helpful if you're an Amazon shopper.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We need more of "Made in America" products to help the economy.

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      Mermaiden 6 years ago

      thumbs up! This topic is really interesting. My husband just purchased a pair of Red Wing shoes and he's really happy!

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      Blackmetallic 6 years ago

      Buy American of course.

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      justinulrich 6 years ago

      It's pretty amazing, the amount of production that's outsourced to other countries. Nice lens. Very informative.

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @anonymous: Jenny, the main reason American companies manufacture in China and other countries is cheap labor, where factory workers are paid very low wages and given no benefits in these sweat shops. When Americans buy these products, they are supporting that terrible treatment of workers as well as contributing to unemployment in the US.

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      Steve Jones 6 years ago from Birmingham UK

      A very good lense indeed. Well done.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was in a shopping mall at Santa Ana, California. There was a bus of tourists from a foreign country where imports tones of goods to the USA. They are from a country famous of âCheap Laborâ. You could see that they bought bags and bags of European Designers brands. I heard the conversations among them (Unfortunately I know the language). One said, âI wanted to buy a Coach bag, but itâs made in China.â The other one said,âYa, it seemed like all the American named brands are made at our placeâ¦Look, I bought this Dior, itâs made in Italyâ¦â. Another one said, âYou need to make sure, you do not want to bring back with any America brands made in our placeâ¦â

      I have to tell you, itâs so sad to hear them. My question is that âWhy American designer brands have to Made in China?â

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      I try to buy as locally as possible. That means buying as much Made in USA as possible. If I am tempted to impulse buy I always chech the tag. If its Made in USA then I'll splurge. My daughter when she was two asked a store employee if a toy she was looking at was made in the USA. I was so proud!

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      JackNimble 6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for the information. It was cool to learn that New Balance shoes are made in the USA. I think I will start supporting them instead of Nike or any others.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Great lens! Gives you an idea to where you can buy products made in USA. This will give you an insight to what the products of China can bring to your health. Very informative to the readers. Sundae ;-)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I wish EVERY American would visit this lens!

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      Copyman 6 years ago

      Thank you for taking the time to create this lens. This is a very much needed lens. I hope you get lots of visitors. Our firm is looking to help promote these businesses. Anyone that is interested in showing these businesses a way for them to get more customers through our program is welcome to find out more information. You could make a very handsome amount. In the third month of 2011, one business in Texas sold 9 million dollars in just four days. You could make 2 per cent on offers like these plus more. Our website does all the marketing for you. Ask to see more information.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Thank you for gathering such useful info about buying usa products. Happy Paddy's Day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great pointer, I will certainly look for the logo.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Great lens and great information!

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      I love this lens and I love the message! Thanks!

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      This is a "ten star" lens! Thanks so much for writing about US Manufacturers! My husband and I own a mom & pop stained glass manufacturing company, so when you visited my lens I came to thank you and instead found this wonderful gem! I am going to go register our business...thank you for introducing yourself on my Tail Wagging lens! I will be back often to visit!

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      TerriLorah 6 years ago

      Wow, great lens and so true! I am with you on buying products Made in the USA. Even some products may be outsourced but if the company is American owned, then at lest the dollars stay here. I also have a blog where I try to keep updated. Stop by.

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      Davidfstillwagon 7 years ago

      This topic is very relevant in today's economy. You made a compelling case to buy American.

      great lens

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Great topic!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I agree, it's really important to buy from the USA. So many of us don't give a second thought as to why certain things are so cheap or where they are produced. I try to buy from the USA whenever possible.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for all of the wonderful tips and articles!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      About time this issue is addressed. It is more complicated though to determine movement of money. Still, China is the world's factory right now.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      This is a great resource. It is such a challenge to find much of anything American made. I'll be back often to find American made stuff before I buy! Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Glad you made this lens to help make this information more available to others. 5 Stars

      I was made in America!

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @anonymous: Thanks for letting me know about the video, I have removed it from the page.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens with good information as to how we can buy Made in the USA products -- which, of course, IS what we SHOULD be doing. 5*

      P.S. The 2nd YouTube video has been deleted. :-)

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      writernewbie 7 years ago

      Awesome, Carol! I am also passionate about supporting American manufacturing companies. This is a wonderful lens full of great American-made resources. I'm lens-rolling this to The United States of America: Still the Land of the Free?

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Sometimes it's difficult to tell what's made in the U.S. and what isn't. And I know there are foreign companies that have manufacturing plants here in the U.S. and buy the materials here, so that's essentially "made in America" to me. Generally, though, I do try to buy U.S.-made, but, it's true, that can be a real challenge.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for putting this resource together. it can be hard for some to find american made products these days.

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      sneakerz 7 years ago

      The flags made in China is totally ridiculous. This is an excellent lens and I will be passing it on to people I know. 5 stars

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 7 years ago from Northern California

      My husband will love this one. He's always looking at labels to find things made in the USA.

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      Surfie LM 7 years ago

      Thank you for building this fantastic lens! I know exactly how those students felt when they tried to find items made in the USA. It makes for a very short list!

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      A very nice reminder that we should support our own country first to ensure strong economic and job growth! Nice list of resources to help us do so. Thanks!

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      It is an awesome feeling to find a product you love that is also made in the USA. Great lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very interesting. I am a teacher's assistant at a middle school and one day in History class the teacher asked the kids to check their shoes and clothing to see where they were made. None of them were made in the USA. The kids were shocked and so was I! This is a great resource. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great lens. Lensrolling to Freedom Fest.

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      California_Dreamin 8 years ago

      I'm an American ex-pat living in Japan, and I absolutely agree that it's important for Americans to support their own economy by buying goods produced in America. The United States has thrown away a tremendous amount of wealth and power by doggedly sticking to an ideology of free trade and market fundamentalism, despite the practices other counties; claiming, contrary to all realworld evidence that "countries that practice protectionism only hurt themselves."

      Well, both Japan and China have not only protectionist, but also neo-mercantilist economic policies, and are therefore extremely wealthy and in much stronger position now than the United States

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Anyone looking for great, American-made, solid wood furniture should check out www.harden.com - I work there, and a lot of talented people put their hearts & souls into what they make. Thumbs up for having this venue!