If you take notice of labels in your favorite stores, you may notice that the “Made in USA” tags are hard to come by. And yes, it’s true that America has increased its outsourcing of labor to overseas in the last few decades. In fact, since the 90’s, both manufacturing and IT jobs have declined in our country.
The reason for outsourcing American jobs can be boiled down to competitive pricing. By outsourcing certain jobs, American companies can save drastically on cost, giving them the opportunity to stay globally competitive. At the end of the day, this alone matters more to them than boosting their own country’s economy.
Despite this, American made goods are making a comeback with the help of American companies.
The Comeback of American Manufactured Goods
A company called Package Concierge is helping American manufactured companies by providing American-manufactured locker systems.
Some of the biggest companies in the world have stayed true to domestic manufacturing, such as Wilson. Wilson is the maker of footballs used in NFL games. Other companies such as Zippo, Harley Davidson, Akwa Apparel and Gibson Guitars are doing the same.
In fact, GE and Walmart have been consciously increasing their efforts to provide more made in USA products. Walmart has announced to purchase roughly $50 billion dollars worth of US made goods over the next decade. There is a demand for domestic products and they know it.
Despite the fact that foreign goods are cheaper, there is still an increasing demand for domestic goods. There are plenty of people that prefer to pay a little extra for US goods for the benefit of our local economy.
This is backed up by a recent 2015 survey by Consumer Reports, stating that roughly 80 percent of all Americans would prefer to purchase US made goods. However, they did not specify at how much of a premium.
The Advantages for Buying American
More environmentally friendly products.
When you purchase American products, you may be benefiting the environment in several ways. For example, if you buy oversea products, there is a lot of resources being put into the process of getting the product to the US. If something has to be transported from say, China, then the freight transportation leaves a much bigger carbon footprint in this world.
Also, other countries may not have the environment protection regulations that the US has. Goods produced outside of the US generally produce more pollution than goods made in the USA. Other countries may have relaxed health regulations as well.
When you buy american products, it is much easier to repair if broken. Since the parts are manufactured domestically, often times, the parts are much easier to source and find.
If an American-made product requires repair, it is much easier to get fixed. It will take less time to find the needed part as many parts are produced locally and those parts that are made outside the country are often stored nearby.
A Better Economy
Every time you buy products made in the USA, you are helping everyday American citizens just like yourself. An investment in American goods means an investment in the American economy.
Keeping the money in the US helps the economy by stimulating the economy with more jobs and money flowing through the economy. This can lead to the preservation of jobs in the future and at the same time reduce the many trade deficits we have with many other countries.