We could go on for days listing the reasons to buy American made products, but here are the top 3 reasons we do it and promote it, in no particular order:
1. Doing our part to save and create American jobs
2. A strong sense of pride and patriotism
3. Supporting American craftsmanship
Price is an important consideration for almost everyone when shopping, but the talent and time that it takes to craft unique and durable products adds value. It's a myth that all American products are more expensive than their imported counterparts of comparable quality and materials. If you have a tight budget, chances are you can find an inexpensive American made option. If you want something super durable with a high end look and feel, you're going to pay a premium. Apparel, accessories and decor are great examples of how quality and cost go hand in hand, regardless of the country of origin.
In most cases, American companies actually do manufacture more efficiently, while adhering to much higher standards. Ethical and sustainable business practices can add to the cost of sourcing raw materials and manufacturing. Unfortunately, foreign manufacturing is often sourced from countries that may manipulate currencies, subsidize manufacturing costs, and have limited oversight or consumer protection measures in place. Of course you can price a product cheaper when the factory is able to sidestep many safety standards and pay pennies on the dollar for labor!
“We need to bring manufacturing back to this country... We need to break up the big chains that have put us into chains.”—Gerald Celente
Support American Small Business and Artisan Crafted Goods
Shop & Buy American Made is a small business that actively searches for small business products across the USA to add to our collections. We're proud to say that most of the products we sell are handmade by small businesses. We work hard to offer quality products that you may have never discovered in your local area, recognizing that there are amazing mom and pop shops as well as artisans who need a marketplace like ours to help them grow. It's cool to talk to people who actually make what they sell, hear their stories and feel good about supporting their business in a personal way. You just can't get that experience when you dial a customer service number routed to a foreign country, and are stuck listening to a scripted response for every question.
Someone shared the following with us, and being a small business ourselves, it hits home.
According to Payscale
, small business wages are growing faster than medium to large scale business counterparts. Big box retailers usually pay relatively low and skimp on benefit eligibility to cut costs. Why does that matter? Because taxpayers are picking up the cost to provide health insurance and food stamp programs, so that these huge companies can keep paying unlivable wages. It's no surprise that the cost to taxpayers
is tens of millions of dollars each year to provide public benefits for Walmart employees.
Here are a few quick facts to chew on:
- Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees.
- Between 2000 and 2009, the US lost 32% percent of all manufacturing jobs.
- For every $1 spent on manufacturing, $1.48 is added to the economy.
- The US spends nearly 4 times as much on goods and services from China than China does on goods and services from the US.
- The U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every $1 billion of goods that are imported from overseas.
- China has become the leading manufacturer of several rare components used in hybrid-electric cars and wind turbines, as well as being critical to the operation of U.S. defense systems.
- U.S. manufacturers perform two-thirds of all private sector R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.