I still prefer "Made in America"

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We have not bought or owned a vehicle made in another country since getting married 33 years ago. Am I proud of that. Yes because I still believe that the best products in the world were made here for years and still can be.

What got me to thinking about this domestic product thing was what we are all going through right now....a very trying economy. As small as it may seem  if we all will concentrate on purchasing what few products are still manufactured here in the USA ......I do believe it would help a little with the job loss situation.

This afternoon I opened a box of fence staples . We are constructing an animal proof fence around our garden right now.  As I was emptying the staples out of the box I noticed about every 5th one  was deformed and abnormal. In other words TOTALLY USELESS! 

Yep you guessed it.  Made in another country and sold by a large retailer here in the USA.  This kind of incident is true with so  many of the products made in other countries these days.

Later in the afternoon I decided to take a break and go target shooting with my 22 rim fire. So I grabbed a new box of shells  and went to the back 40.......and it happened again!  Yep about ever 20th round was a dud! Just like a bad roll of Chinese firecrackers. I didn't even want to look at the box and see where these were manufactured. I can only imagine.

I just hope our men in uniform are not relying on products from other countries to defend this one.

Buy American Please! 



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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

TREY, It seems like everything I buy anymore is made in China.  Now that is something I love about the Southern Living Parties everything sold is made somewhere here in the states.  I had one of their competitors parties a few years ago and EVERYTHING came tagged with "made in China".  I made the decision then that I would try to buy American.  It is sure hard though as most everything is made somewhere else and you are right the quality is inferior.

Feb 28, 2009 03:05 PM #1
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Domestic auto manufacturers need to get financially stable and continue to build quality products Trey to add confidence to buyers looking at the domestic product. We are in a global economy but I think buying U.S. is good for U.S. employees too. If GM goes bankrupt, the image problem alone will hurt them even more.

Feb 28, 2009 03:12 PM #2
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

You are so right.  Everything is made somewhere else.  I just wished there were more American products to choose from.  I don't have a problem paying more for quality. 

Feb 28, 2009 03:15 PM #3
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Hi Trey, Is anything even made in the good old U S of A any more?

Feb 28, 2009 03:42 PM #4
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Trey!
I tried....just try to find any womans clothing that is made in the United States! I did a small study when I was out shopping one day.  I literally could not find one item!  That has to change!

Feb 28, 2009 04:46 PM #5
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Trey

I'm with you 100% my friend. We need to buy American made. We need to get back to the day of maken thing here, in the USA.

God Bless America

Feb 28, 2009 06:48 PM #6
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer


Nice post. Up here in Idaho we have had a "Buy Idaho" campaign for years. A lot of stores proudly display the slogan and some of us try real hard to do just that. It is hard though.

Mar 01, 2009 12:27 AM #7
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes



That is a really neat story about the southern living party. We need to sprerd the word on that tidbit!


If I am not mistaken GM was the largest company in the world at one time.   

In 2007 I heard that Buicks were the 2nd best of All vehicles with the least  customer complaints.....IE  they are well built.


Quality lasts.  Cheap junk doesn't. In the long run quality saves $$$$$$$$$.


Yes lots of  fast food and gasoline... ;-)

Mar 01, 2009 01:29 AM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Trey - Most every clothing item I pick up in a department store lately is coming out of China!  Most shocking was a prescription medication which I picked up at my local pharmacy.  Right under the main label, it states it was manufacturered in China.  I remember when Bush was president, he put the cabosh on folks trying to get their meds from Canada to save money!  I agree with you - I would like to see more items manufacturered in this country.  Alas, it's often a very blurred line.  For instance, Toyotas are assembled here in the United States, they are sold at dealerships which employ our citizens, and serviced by them also.  On the other hand, many of our "American" cars are assembled with parts from Mexico, some are assembled in Canada, and replacement parts can come from anywhere!  Buying American, isn't as absolute, or as easy as it once was!

Mar 01, 2009 12:19 PM #9
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes


I am noticing that too about clothing. I have a couple of  sport shirts made in USA that are 20 years old and still look and wear great. It is tough on the auto situation.. but the idea is to have the jobs here. 

Mar 01, 2009 02:59 PM #10
Alice Linahan
Voices Empower - Argyle, TX

Trey Great Post. I wanted to make sure that you saw my last post. Since you are in College Station I thought you may enjoy. Where have all the 12th Men Gone????

Have a wonderful day!


Mar 02, 2009 03:44 AM #11
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Buy U.S.A. and support our country is a good rule of thumb. No more China -Support Our Country and let's get back to basics. Bring home those jobs that overseas  and give our folks a job.

Mar 03, 2009 12:07 PM #12
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes


I read it and it was great. Way to go!


I still think we can produce quality goods and compete.

Mar 03, 2009 03:00 PM #13
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