Why Made in the USA still Matters
Given a choice between a product made in the U.S. and an identical one made abroad, 78 percent of Americans would rather buy the American product, according to a new nationally representative survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
That being said, not many people do. Here are ten good reasons to reconsider!
1. Provides Jobs for Future Generations
Our future generations matter. Jobs for our children and grandchildren are important so that they can build a life for themselves and provide for their families.
Manufacturing in the USA means guaranteed jobs for thousands of people. This happens because the more money that is invested in buying American-Made products, the more money will get put back into manufacturing American-Made goods. As this happens, the more the manufacturing sector will grow. By growing the manufacturing sector, more jobs are created that in turn, will push more money back into the economy. This is a cycle that we can get behind. Creating demand for American-made products means that more people will need to create those American-made products.
2. Promotes American Independence
We as Americans have pride in our nation and in our independence. Relying on another country’s exports is counter intuitive to our sense of being and to our national pride. Our country, which was once a powerhouse on the global market, is now placing vital importance on our trade agreements with other nations, hoping to receive their goods at a low rate. We need to end our reliance on the exports of other countries and take back our independence by buying products made at home – by buying American-made products.
3. Better for the Environment
Current technologies allow manufacturing processes in the US to lean toward cleaner, renewable and eco friendly practices. If we invest in American-made products, we can be sure that we are doing our part to contribute to a cleaner environment for our generation, not to mention the generations to come.
4. Our Government Cannot Control Foreign Labor Standards
When products are made in the US, federal and local governments can control working conditions and ensure that minimum wages are paid and proper laws are upheld in accordance with United States Labor Laws. Importing goods from abroad means that we do not have that level of control and transparency. Sweatshops are rampant in third-world countries where many products are manufactured. Buying foreign products, in many cases, supports these violations against workers abroad. Ensure you are helping your fellow Americans by looking for the American Made Matters or made in USA label.
5. Boosts American Investment Opportunities
American manufacturing means investment and finance for the American economy. The more that is pushed into national manufacturing, the more the nation’s economy will reap the benefits. With growth in manufacturing comes a surge in investment opportunities.
6. Guaranteed Quality of Goods
The term “Made in the USA” speaks of quality, excellent craftsmanship and a superior product. Continuing to use foreign imports gives no guarantee of quality. While shipments and products can be monitored, there is no true guarantee of the imported goods quality and longevity.
While price tags will often be higher for made in USA products, the cost per use is actually often lower as the made in USA quality will last far longer than a foreign made alternate.
7. Guaranteed Safer and Fair Working Conditions
Government acts like OSHA oversees safe working conditions in the manufacturing industry. There are controls and regulations in place to minimize accidents, while granting rights to employees. Foreign countries may not have the same level of health and safety and imports may be contributing to unsafe conditions for thousands of workers.
8. Helps to Reduce the Deficit
Whether we like it or not, the USA has a trade deficit that needs to be addressed and eliminated. Investing in American-Made products will boost the American economy which, in turn, will reduce the deficit.
9. Avoid Foreign Political Debates
Importing goods into the country can produce a whole host of barriers and obstacles, particularly with nations whose diplomatic relationships may be tense. Manufacturing in the USA means these potential obstacles can simply be removed.
10. Outsourced Manufacturing Plants Rarely Return to the US
One less considered factor is that once a product has been outsourced to a foreign country, in too many cases it will never again be manufactured in the US. That avenue of potential business has vanished. This must be avoided at all costs in order to strengthen our economic standing domestically, while eliminating our reliance on foreign goods.
Just as importantly, there’s been increased value placed on compliance, safety and quality. So for whatever difference may remain in cost, more and more people are willing to pay a little more for the confidence that comes with Made In USA products.
One more I will add, is Patriotism. Surprisingly, though, it’s not strictly a sense of patriotism that gives Made In USA such great appeal. Costs for imports have increased as much as 25 percent during the past five years – largely due to significant overhead – while costs for goods made in the United States have remained flat (Wall Street Journal). The on-again, off-again Chinese tariffs also ad to uncertainty.
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