We’ve all seen it a million times, that little raised imprint on cheap plastic toys, gadgets, and tools that say, “Made in China.” Once upon a time, it was more common to see labels that said “Made in Taiwan,” or “Made in Mexico.” Before the late 90s, American manufacturing was strong, but since then it’s been on a decline. That’s beginning to turn around right now, and an important reason why is more people are buying American made products.
There are many reasons to buy American made. When you buy American made products your money stays within the country, enriching our nation rather than impoverishing it. By supporting American manufacturers, you help guarantee that service is easier to obtain. Buying American also ensures that the company that takes your money supports dignified working conditions for their employees. Many foreign manufacturers are under little to no regulatory pressure to treat their workers with respect, pay them fair wages- or even let them go home at the end of the day.