questionsdo you care where something was made?

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I don't care. I normally go for the best price since "Made in the USA" is not worth it for me. The economy is interconnected and most of the time, just because it is made in one country does not make it better.

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I do care, and will buy if possible.I know it's hard financially with the economy the way it is, yet I will gladly pay a little more. Someone posted a site with American made items, is there a way to find it? I lost the link when my lap top died, and would like to have it again.

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It depends on the product. If it is something I am going to spend a lot of money on, I try to go American. I'm a big fan of Motorola. In general though, I prefer small run products as opposed to multimillion unit products, due to the likeliness of defects.

What people don't realize about Motorola is that they have set a precedent and standard in quality used by most American manufacturing companies today.

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I'll pay a little more no problem.. I'd much rather give the money to another American and help improve the chances of keeping it [the money] circulating inside of OUR economy.

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Anyone who's noticed my feelings about shirt.woot knows the answer ...

Despite being fiscally conservative otherwise, I do look for 'made in the USA', and will pay more for that too, as I know it helps spread the money around the local economy. Alas, that's practically impossible for many things nowadays. Electronics and small appliances come to mind.

In a previous discussion, someone ranted about not finding a reasonably priced pair of jeans that's made in the USA. They didn't look hard enough:
http://www.texasjeans.com/

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@okham: That's it! Thank you, I can always count on my Woot! Fam.

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@narfcake: Thanks! I'll have to check out those jeans. And my feelings are similar on the tshirts, but I felt that had been well discussed and beaten into the ground.

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@okham: Haha ... well, I'm still beating on that over in the shirt.woot forums. I feel the most sorry for the gals - the new blanks aren't t-shirts; they're tents.

Lost cause, maybe, but ignoring those of us who care won't make us go away either. Besides, I can't go away - I still task myself with the same thing I do every night ...

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Yes. But I don't buy USA goods unless they're what I want. Just because it's here doesn't mean it's good.

Economic isolation is an archaic holdover, imo, and a great way to waste a bunch of money "rejuvenating" our economy, attempting to become a manufacturing powerhouse again.

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I prefer to buy American whenever possible and have no problem paying a bit more. We also buy local produce whenever possible and I try to avoid Made in China products. Not totally possible but it's more of a mindset than a hard and fast rule.

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all else being equal, I will pay a 5-10% premium for American made products.

Frankly there are a lot of products that I don't care if they're made outside the US, after all, many of the jobs associated with some manufacturing are incredibly menial and tedious, and I would prefer that Americans have BETTER jobs.

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@narfcake: All I can say is keep beating. Maybe when their current contract is up, they will reconsider the suppliers.

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I also prefer to buy products manufactured in USA as much as possible. I work in manufacturing and enjoy it, so I look at this as a way to help ensure my career (I'm an engineer) will be able to stay in manufacturing for as long as I'd like. However, I do realize the that we live in a global economy and can see how imported products can still provide jobs here (different jobs, and often less in quantity). That being said, I will pay a premium for American products since I also realize it is often more expensive to produce things here, unfortunately - for a variety of reasons.

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If there are 2 of the same items, and one is made in USA, I will buy it vs the other. Otherwise, I buy what I want/need regardless.

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This is a great discussion. One question/issue I have is this: Many people seem to be okay with paying "a little bit more" for items made in the USA, and I may even put myself in that camp though I don't seek those items out, but that't not typically the case, is it? Many times it seems that items made in the USA are considerably more than items made overseas (or elsewhere).

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@vanfrap: A lot of people say it, but I don't know how many actually do it. If more would, more manufacturing would happen here.

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I prefer to buy USA made products. We need jobs. I do not buy Hershey candy now they've moved mfg to Mexico.

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It really depends on the product made.. if they're consistent for manufacturing problems and poor quality control, then I'd be a little worried.

You CAN tell if the product looks bad or not most of the time. But so far I haven't had any issues with my stuff going bad out of nowhere.

Man, I haven't seen a "made in USA" tag lately in stores except some online stores.

Just remember that not everything lasts forever.. take good care of your stuff and it should last you long enough.

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@joshobra: I've noticed more "made in the USA" tags popping up within the last year. Still not a lot, but more than a teat ago. I actually got a formal designer dress for a wedding that was made in NYC; and a part of the wedding present also had a sticker on it. I agree it is much more frequent nonlinear, but I am finding it in a few places in regular stores as well. I want to say the increase is noticeable over the last few months more than anything.

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I try to do what I can. I shop at local farmers markets to buy groceries, and I try to support local businesses. However, I feel I do not have the financial resources to always make the correct decisions.
Although there are certain companies that I refuse to buy products from because of their past history pertaining to treatment of workers.

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Yeah, I think I've seen apparels made in the USA.. never really looked at tags.

But I was thinking mostly electronics and appliances when I was commenting..

A quick google of "things still made in the USA" popped up some good info there.

Also, I remember reading the news a while back where the gift shops in Washington DC replaced their "made in china" items to "made in USA".

It's just sad really that we're losing jobs here just so the companies can make more profits, that's how I see it.

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If you're on the 'manufactured in the USA' bandwagon, just remember two important facts:

1) Many things 'Made in the USA' (cars and electronics most notably, but other items too) are in fact only ASSEMBLED in the USA from mostly imported components, and

2) 'Designed/Developed in the USA' doesn't mean squat if the development work was done by an underpaid H1-B visa worker whose reward for their hard work is usually termination of their contract once they've outlasted their usefulness, followed by a one-way trip back to their place of origin.

In short, if you truly care about the origin of a product you're about to buy, do your research first, do not simply rely on the shiny red-white-and-blue label. Corps discovered long ago that patriotism is one of the more easily scammable sentiments.

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The only thing I am fussy about is that I only buy food, treats and toys for my pets that are made in the US. There are too many people losing pets to the fact that they aren't as valued and protected in many other countries as they are here. I will often pay extra for locally made products, because they are handmade or homegrown instead of any regional allegiance. I often pay more to shop at local stores rather than chains. My city is geographically isolated and we are vulnerable to monopolies, it's important to support small businesses in healthy competition with big chains. I also try to buy "fair trade" and other socially responsible products when I can. But for the most part I am a true capitalist, I will buy the best product for the lowest price I can find.