Consumer Action

January 8, 2010

Made in the USA – Again

Filed under: General Information — Clark @ 4:46 am
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One grasshoper on the railroad tracks won’t slow a train very much but a billion of them would.  With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American .

One light bulb at a time . . [this was copied from an e-mail I received from a lady]…

[Add-on from another e-mail recipient]…I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments . They were all made in China . The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there . They were made in USA . Start looking.  In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else – even their job . So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track . Let’s get behind her!

“My grandson likes Hershey’s candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now . I do not buy it any more . My favorite toothpaste, Colgate, is made in Mexico now.   I have switched to Crest . You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets . I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off brand labeled, “Everyday Value.” I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats – they were the same except for the price . The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in – get ready for this – the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

So, throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here.

So on to another aisle – Bounce Dryer Sheets . . … yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA – the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!”

[If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others via e-mail, sharing bookmarks or telling them about this post so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!]

“(We should have awakened a decade ago).
Let’s get with the program . . . . help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U . S . A.”

Our textile industry, steel industry and now our auto industry are dying in our country as we continue to send our dollars to China, Mexico and Canada (among others).  This lady is correct, American made goods can be found at competitive prices and, generally, at comparable or better quality.  Saving a few pennies because something can be made overseas at low-paying sweat shops is costing our economy and, therefore, each of us, much more in the long run.  We are seeing our wages drop, increases in unemployment and solid manufacturing jobs being lost by the hundreds or thousands.  Entire cities are hurting because we have lost our pride in “Made in America.”  Yes, many of our businesses need to also re-think the way they manage and get to a point where they realize and/or remember that it is the American consumer and worker that makes them prosper.


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