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  •  What does it matter if (7+ / 0-)

    all that we are buying is being made in another country.

    We need to get back to "Buy American"- if only we could find the products that actually are made in the USA.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 10:34:19 AM PST

    •  I did (2+ / 0-)
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      I found a great gift at an American company (in Maine) made by another American company for my nephew's Christmas gift.. A snow fort maker with a snow ball maker!!!  So far I have bought products from small businesses in my state/city that are local made or gifts made in the USA. If it is not made in the USA, it wouldn't go into a stocking or under the tree. Amazing what local people are making to sell at craft shows or thru their websites in NC.

      Why do Republicans Hate Americans?

      by Caniac41 on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:30:39 AM PST

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    •  That theory sounds good on paper... (3+ / 0-)
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      but most people are unwilling or unable to spend twice as much on products just for the warm fuzzies over the "Made in USA" label.

      Not only that, but it's become much more difficult to decern what is true made in the US.  Are all the parts made her?  Are the raw materials sourced from here?  Are they assembled here?  How far should the "made" trail go?  It's unreasonable to think that people will spend hours doing research about products to figure out what parts came from where and who assembled them.  It's not practical, but it does sound nice on paper.

    •  Every small town has an Art Center (2+ / 0-)
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      filled with things made by friends and neighbors.

      Also, try  Use the search for Made in USA

      and kos katalogue

    •  I did too (2+ / 0-)
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      Recently bought a Christmas tree, plastic tree stand, stapler, and a Lil' Giant ladder thing.  All were made in the USA!

      Nothing cost more than the foreign equivalents.

      Please tell me we're not importing Christmas trees (other than from Canada)!

      I'm looking for as many made in the USA, or best made locally by small artisans, gifts as possible this year.

    •  Go a step further: buy local (2+ / 0-)
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      I get my honey from a local apiary, as much produce, etc as I can from the local farmer's market, and I'm constantly sniffing out new ways to buy and barter locally and avoid the mass-produced garbage in stores.

      "Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain." - Napoleon Bonaparte (attributed)

      by Jaxpagan on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:55:45 AM PST

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    •  Furniture is mostly made here. (0+ / 0-)

      At least the large pieces we generally think of when we say "furniture." This kind of product is a good bet for the "Made in America" drive, since the costs of transporting large, heavy, relatively low-price good like this tends to outweigh the savings to be had by building it overseas.

      Of course, much of it is made in so-called "right to work" states in non-union shops, but at least it's American-made.

      Conservito delenda est pro is deleo orbis terrarum!

      by Stwriley on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 01:36:36 PM PST

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