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Made in the USA

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Living GreatWest

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American.
Good idea . . .. one light bulb at a time.

Check this out. I can verify this because 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 in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!

Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Brodie,  I've heard a lot of people say this and they talk about little purchases.  How about the larger ones?  Where was your cell phone made?  Your camera?  Your car?  The sheetrock in your home? (I certainly hope not China!)  Thanks for an interesting post.

Nov 19, 2009 12:27 PM
Raine Carraway (Michelle Carraway)
EXP Realty - Lenoir, NC

Brodie, thanks for posting this. My local area has had a some major economic problems in the last few years due do local companies moving overseas, and my husband used to be sa stickler for buying American made. We've slipped some in the past few years, but thanks for the reminder - I think I'll start checking again.

One thing I've noticed locally is that a lot of "american" companies are just warehouses for foreign goods, but people see the factory buildings and still think they're buying American made. One thing that helped destroy Henredon furniture [a very nice, high end product not too long ago], was outsourceing manufacturing overseas and finishing the product here so they could slap a made in USA sticker on it - the problem was the quality was not the same, and it didn't take long for the customers to notice.

Nov 19, 2009 12:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It seems that the global economy is so enmeshed that is difficult to say what buying American actually is.  For example, If you buy a Toyota (Japanese company), you will find that it is probably assembled by American workers in the Bay Area of California, or back in Kentucky or Tennessee.  However, if you buy Chevrolet, you might be surprised to find that parts come out of Canada or Mexico, although assembled in the USA.  On some products you can work really hard to buy American, and find the only thing American about them is their articles of incorporation. . .They have offshore corporate headquarters to dodge U.S. taxes, and employee folks on the other side of the globe. 

The one thing I will say about globalization is that the genie is out of the bottle.  But it is our trade agreements between countries that usually leave the United States woefully behind.  We are woefully inadequate when we negotiate these agreements, and we get taken into the Kasbah, on a regular basis.

And any tax breaks to corporations need to be to those that employee American workers, rather than outsourcing overseas.

Nov 23, 2009 08:49 AM