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Jude's avatar

Do you try to buy products that were made in your homeland (buy American/or Canadian)

Asked by Jude (31971 points ) March 25th, 2012

I am going to try to buy more products from Canada.

U.S.

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marinelife's avatar

I don’t think about it too much.

cookieman's avatar

No. I try to buy products that are well made, from good materials, at a reasonable price.

Craft and cost are more important to me.

jca's avatar

For every day products, it’s hard to find “Made in the US.” Of all the clothes my child has had in the past 4 1/1 years, I only saw about 2 that were made in the US. Products like kitchen stuff, car stuff, clothing, etc., are hard to come by that were made in US.

When I buy soap, I try to buy either Made in the US or made anywhere except China. I won’t use Chinese products on my skin, if I can help it.

dabbler's avatar

We try to buy in a sort of hierarchy of priority, U.S. / North America / Western Hemisphere / E.U. ... in that order but still plenty of ordinary stuff like coffee stirrers don’t come from anywhere but China.

ragingloli's avatar

Aryan German Bananas are hard to come by.

TexasDude's avatar

I typically only buy antique items which are almost always high quality and American or European. With other things, I buy American or European whenever possible. I’ve had bad experiences with Chinese products, especially tools, and I’m reluctant to buy them now.

Blackberry's avatar

I don’t think about much, either.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I almost always look to see where something was made. I avoid made in China as much as possible. Not easy.

wilma's avatar

Yes, I’m like @dabbler with my buying.
I will pay a little more for American made, or Canadian, because I know that there are usually good production standards in place and also they are more local to me so shipping costs and the environmental impact of shipping is lessened.
I try to buy only local produce but of course living in zone 5 of the US I can’t get some locally grown. There is very little food that I buy that cannot be grown in the US.
I try to avoid buying anything made in china, but sometimes I do buy China made things when the price and or availability is a big factor.

Just the other day at Walmart. I was looking for a pump sprayer to use for spraying a cleaning solution. I figured that all I would find was made in China stuff, but noooo!
There, I found them to be only made in the US, and one of them was produced in a city about 50 miles from me. Yay! (and a better price) That is the one I bought.

josie's avatar

Given equal quality and price, sure I will buy domestic. But if there is a difference in quality or price, I will go for best quality at the lowest price.

john65pennington's avatar

Oranges from Africa are hard to find.

geeky_mama's avatar

After working with many large manufacturers and discovering how truly small the world is (and how even products labeled “Made in the USA” are frequently comprised of entirely non-American components)..I realize it would be useless to attempt to ‘buy American’ for nearly everything but my locally grown produce. And the growing season where I live is such that if I wanted to eat anything except potatoes year ‘round..I should certainly be pleased my local grocery imports from South America for fresh fruits and green veggies.

I also take exception with people who give me a hard time for “not buying American” when in fact my “Japanese” car was entirely built with US-made parts and assembled in Marysville, Ohio by Americans. You’ll find those vehicles are a lot more “American” than the great number of Chevy’s and GMs and Fords being built in Mexico with parts from China!

I tend to vote with my dollar towards quality and integrity.

For example, I refuse to buy any Unilever products. I find their corporate tactics (to buy long established brands like Lipton Tea, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream or Pear’s Soap and then outsource their production to underpaid workers in 3rd world countries in truly dangerous factories using completely altered and cheapened formulations) disgusting – their meddling in international politics (see Dutch politics) alarming and above all their animal testing policies unacceptable. Don’t even get me started on their “skin whitening” products and adverts. I despise this corporation.

I can only hope as the world grows smaller and consumers gain more familiarity with where the things they buy REALLY come from (and what percentage foreign made materials that is, the way the company’s treat their workers, etc.) some of these companies will clean up their acts.

woodcutter's avatar

Do Mexican Mossbergs count? If so, then ya

Plucky's avatar

Yes, I try to buy Canadian products when possible. I do it for environmental/societal reasons. Example: Why buy American apples when we grow them here, in Canada? Just seems wrong to me in so many ways.

Bellatrix's avatar

Yes we do. Mostly groceries and especially vegetables and fruits. My husband is especially careful about this. He won’t buy some frozen veggies because they are imported. I suppose it supports our farmers.

tedd's avatar

If two options are presented to me and I know one is American and the other is not, I will probably buy the American one.

I also tend to shop at stores that are not national chains, and I know use more local supplies than not.

If I know a product is inferior I won’t buy it, even if it’s cheaper.

I never shop at Wal-Mart.

Past that, I don’t really go too hardcore in avoiding foreign products.

jca's avatar

I remember going to Mexico about 20 years ago, and we went to a steakhouse for dinner. Not a tourist trap place, just a local steakhouse, nice place. They brought out steak and chicken, to show us and talk about prices. I did not understand why the chicken cost more than the steak. They told me because the chicken is imported, and the steak was domestic. I asked them where the chicken is imported from, and they said “The US.” Just a funny turnaround from the usual!

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