In this day and age, it can be difficult to buy products that are made in the United States. We live in an era of outsourcing, as it cuts overhead costs for big businesses and materials are cheaper to buy overseas. If a company can save a chunk of money by moving operations to another country, they have less incentive to keep their productions here in America.
However, you’ll be relieved to know that despite this, it’s still easy to buy American, and what’s more, you can do your part as a consumer to make your purchases count. By choosing products made in the US, you’re influencing the preferences of manufacturers, even in a small way. Here are a few reasons why keeping production here in America is good for the entire country.
- The quality of your goods is guaranteed. Even though items that say “Made in Taiwan” might be cheaper, they also might be of shoddy quality, ensuring it will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. When you see a tag that says “Made in USA,” you know you’re getting expert craftsmanship and attention to detail.
- Protection of human rights. Unlike working conditions in the United States, many countries that produce goods for American companies have little to no regulations when it comes to human rights. Child labor is also not unheard of in many of these countries. By buying American, you’re protesting these working conditions with your dollar.
- Job creation. If there’s one thing we need in the US, it’s more jobs for our citizens. According to a 2015 report from the Economic Policy Institute, the US lost 5.7 million jobs to overseas workers between 1998 and 2013. When we buy products that were made overseas, we’re not doing our part to ensure that jobs will be created here in the States.
- Creating a ripple effect. Your money does much more than just create manufacturing jobs when you buy American. Workers here in the States earn their wages with your buying power, American taxes are paid, more American products are bought in return, and all of this contributes to the growth of the American economy.