Friday, August 13, 2010

Question of the Day

Me and Hubby like to "buy American." The question is, does "buying American" mean buying from a company based in America and having their products made in another country? Or does it mean, a company base in another counry, but the product is actually MADE in America? It's hard to find something from a company that is based here and made here. Comfusing.

11 comments:

Melodie said...

I like to think made in America means made BY Americans...it is the people hear that have the jobs .

lisa said...

First I try and buy things made locally and from surrounding counties...Then I buy from companies that things are made in America from companies that are located here in America..that is very hard to find...I will not buy food from other countries..I do with out. I check seafood from where it came from..Most are not from here..Farm raised in a foreign countries....With Toyota the company is not an American company but they have plants here that have Americans working for them..Thus it is made in Ameica but not an American company.. Then you have Ford and GM that the engines not all of them are made in America...the cars are put together here but the parts of the engine are made in Canada..I own a GM and a Ford....Same with TV's... With made in America you must really look into the product because what happens is the components are made else where...If you look at a TV when they use to say Made in America but they weren't...the TV's were shipped here and then when it got here they put the screws in and they could say it was made in America.. I use to shop at Walmarts all the time because they said everything was made in America...Which was not true...it was put together in American not made...So I do my best to stick to true 100% American products...Of course when I bought my GM and Ford I thought I was buying true American...Sometimes I do have to buy things from China or other countries but I try not to and I don't beat myself up if I buy other than American made..But I try...

Sorry this was long...

Have a great day...

The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

I go with the if it was made here in America by American workers, then it is American made, despite the companys' origin. For instance Toyota has a factory about 20 miles from my farm that makes Camery's and other models. I know the parts are also locally made in my county and surrounding ones, so I would count a Toyota Camery as American made, even though the company is Japanesse owned. They are still putting food and spending money in the hands of many Americans.

Nicole said...

I think part of "Buying American" is when it says Made in the USA

Andora said...

I just don't know anymore myself..our country is really meesed up in a lot of ways..maybe we can get back on track before it is destroyed...

Wendy said...

To me "made in America" means that it was manufactured, assembled, constructed *here* in the United States. I have no use for an "American" company that can't even hire American workers to make the products they sell to us.

The biggest irony to the "made in ..." labels is that I can remember when I was a kid, and anything that was labeled "Made in China" or anywhere in the Orient, was known to be junk. The "Made in China" label was mostly for trinkets, knick knacks and other crap we found at traveling carnivals, and we knew it was crap when we bought it. To me, it's rather ironic that 90% of the goods that are currently manufactured to be sold in the US have that same stamp ... but the quality hasn't really improved, at all.

R Dean said...

SFG, my company is here and we build our products here in America where we sell them in the retail and wholesale market place. I was just at the United Association of Union Plumbers training in Ann Arbor Michigan and let me tell you, the trade, in this particular case, plumbers respect the fact a good product is built by an American company and built in the USA.
You bring up a good question...for example, Toyota's are made in the USA, however, their main corporate office is in Asia...Are you helping support jobs in the USA, sure you are (if you buy a Toyota), but you are also supporting an organization that is Asian based, and its profits ultimately go back there versus staying in the USA. The last company I worked for before my current company was Milwaukee Electric Tool and when I first started, 18 years ago, everything was made in the USA. Times changed, new owners came in and now the only thing that Milwaukee manufactures in the USA (as far as I know) are Sawzall blades!!! Everything else is coming out of their factory in China!!!

Texan said...

Well either way you look at the meaning, its hard to do anymore! We could sure use a lot of those jobs back in America now!

Kelle said...

It's harder and harder to find "Made in America" items and when we do find them evidently there isn't enough support and ultimately the stores stop carrying them :o(

Sad isn't it and one day, sooner than later, we are going to rue the day we allowed NAFTA and CAFTA.

Barbara said...

Well we buy Made in the USA I assume that it is made by Americans here in our own Country, that is the purpose of buying American. Makes you wonder though, love you blog, enjoyed my time spent here, stop by and sit a spell with me one day, I will give you some great iced tea, Hugs and Blessings, Barbara from
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An Unsheltered Life said...

I take "Made in U.S.A." to mean that the products were actually manufactured here by American workers. It's more of an "Assembled in U.S.A." thing to me if they merely put foreign-made parts together here. While that does still mean American jobs, it's not quite the same thing to me.

It's tough to find either one, especially in small towns like mine where there aren't many options, but a Bing search for "Made in U.S.A." will take y'all to some Web sites that list companies still doing at least part of the work here.