Our economy is on the rebound and that’s important for all of us. But consider why the “Made in America” label is significant for manufacturers, distributors, designers, and end users.
Products made here almost always guarantee quality workmanship backed by manufacturers operating on U.S. soil. The “Made in America” label means U.S. workers earned an honest living. This domestic productivity drives construction needs and increases the need for more materials made in the U.S.
All in all, these are good signs for American manufacturing, but if you look “under the hood” you can see that less expensive imports are still stunting our growth. We are still importing more than we’re exporting, causing a huge deficit for international trade of goods and services.
Sure you can say a steel pipe is a steel pipe, no matter where you buy it, but are you aware of the implications when you buy imported goods?
- You’re U.S. dollars that you worked hard for are also going outside the U.S.
- You’re supporting someone else’s economy, not the U.S. economy.
- You’re supporting the practice of “dumping”.
“Dumping” is a kind of predatory pricing, especially in the context of international trade. It occurs when manufacturers export a product to another country at a price either below the price changed in its home market or below its cost of production.
If the first two points don’t raise your allegiance to the United States, then the third point should at lease make you a bit more conscious about why those imported goods and services are priced so low.
“Dumping” is illegal and not fair. It’s pretty much impossible for U.S. manufacturers to complete and have a fair chance. We can sit around and wait for the government to address this issue or we can stand up for what’s right and fair.
Buy “American Made” and…
- Keep your U.S. dollars circulating and fortifying the U.S. economy.
- Support local, U.S. businesses.
- Stand up against the unfair practice of “dumping”.