Buying American Matters
Posted on 02 November 2016
I’m very proud to say that we recently received membership to American Made Matters (AMM). You can learn about my commitment to Made in USA products on our HardFocus On America page, so rather than re-hash what’s there, I’ll take this space to encourage all of you to join organizations such as AMM, if it makes sense for you.
AMM is dedicated to educating consumers that buying American made products strengthens the American Dream. The organization comprises over 375 member and sponsor companies that represent various industries from apparel to toys to steel fabrication.
In today’s economy, it can be very difficult to pass up a bargain at one of the big box chains. Typically, it is product made in Asia or South America. Since most of us are on limited budgets and must make every dollar count, the low cost can make it irresistible to pass up. Let me be the first to admit that I’ve been guilty of making those purchases. Sometimes it’s because there isn’t a USA made equivalent available and sometimes it’s because I can’t justify the extra cost of USA made. The point here is that I’m not judging anyone – we all have to make ends meet these days.
Now, I don’t want to force people to buy American made. It’s not about shutting down imports or imposing unfair (subjective, I know) tariffs on imports. I’m not an economist, but I imagine that can hurt American jobs too, if imposed suddenly. What I want to see is the availability of more and more US made products through organic demand. If people demand more American made, more will be made and prices will come down.
I fully believe that in the value of American made goods and that buying American is one of the most important things we can do help our nation prosper. There are just so many good reasons for buying American: more jobs, human rights and eco-friendliness to name a few. Read the details on this blog on the AMM site.
American Made Matters, as well as, others such as www.americanmadeeverything.com, www.madeinusa.org, www.buymerican.com. Easy enough to google for more. These organizations provide services to companies that make or sell American product. I hope you take the time to check out some of these organizations to see if it might make sense for your company to become a member or at least sign up for the newsletter.