Buy Made in America products

Recently the Girl Scouts of America announced that it would henceforth have its uniforms made in China because the costs were much lower.

Americans were indignant!  The Girl Scouts of America have since rescinded that announcement and its uniforms will continue to be made in America.  Yes, a few American jobs saved!

So, how does this translate to your shopping?  Do you bother to look at the label to learn where a product is made, or is your concern price only?  If the latter, you are no different than the companies that have shipped jobs overseas to China, India and other developing nations.  Such jobs have been shipped overseas because the wages are much lower in those locations.

How can you and I as consumers buck this trend?  Buy products made in the United States of America.  Start looking at the label to determine where a product is made.  Decline to purchase items made in China.  It’s true, you will pay more for an item made in America but you are supporting workers and keeping them employed here in the United States.

As examples, the Vermont Country Store ( and Lehman’s ( offer many products made in America.

Also, buy less and buy American made rather than buy more and buy made in China.

This month, November, is Native American month.  We designate each month in recognition of so many things.  Let’s establish a Buy Made in America month.  Let’s select July, since we feel patriotic anyway by celebrating the founding of this nation.

For those who celebrate Christmas, buy a toy, a sweater, gloves, etc. made in America.

If you were one of those individuals who were upset by the Girl Scouts of America’s initial announcement that it would have its uniforms made in China but yet you still shop for the least expensive item, meaning made in China, you are a hypocrite.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Luke 6:41 – 42 (NIV).


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