Consumer Q & A – Tips for Shopping American Made

We recently sat down with Heidi, an avid shopper of American Made products, and asked her to share some of her secrets with us!

  1. How do you find American made products?
    1. I generally try to search for American made brand or products before I even go to a retail store. Oddly enough just searching “Item of Clothing made in USA” will yield quite a few search results.  Nordstrom.com is one of the first places I go when trying to find an American made product because searching for “made in USA” will generate thousands of results. Nordstrom has one of the best search features that I’ve seen and I’m impressed with how easy they make it to find items made in the USA.
  2. About what percentage of what you buy is American made?
    1. In this past year I’ve purchased three items of clothing that were not made in the USA and two of those were shoes. I have really committed myself to buying American made clothing even down to my running shoes and socks. I would say that 90% plus of what I buy is made in the USA in terms of clothing and accessories.
  3. How do you normally shop for anything? (online or in stores)
    1. I do most of my shopping online. It’s easier and more convenient, plus I can try smaller retails from across the country.
  4. In a traditional retail store setting, what do you do to find American made products?
    1. I ignore some brands completely, but I generally look at every single tag to see where something is made. If it’s made in China I won’t purchase it. Those two pairs of shoes I mentioned above were made in Italy, so I felt a bit better about purchasing them.
  5. What are some reasons that would prevent you from buying American?
    1. Cost is certainly a factor. Buying American is expensive and I am on a limited budget. However, that just means I buy less and invest in quality over quantity.
  6. How much of an issue is price when buying American made?
    1. For most items I find the price difference to be somewhat noticeable. However, American made shoes are expensive! The options are limited at best and the few options out there are very expensive.
  7. Thinking about all the American made products you own, do you think these products have a higher quality than foreign made goods?
    1. I do believe high quality goods can be produced all over the globe. I have shoes that were made in Italy and they are the highest quality shoes I own. However, I do believe that American made products are high quality and certainly far superior to items produced in sweatshops.
  8. From your experience, do American made products have a longer life span that other products?
    1. Yes! This related back to quality.
  9. What type of American made product do you own the most of?
    1. Tshirts and dresses. Los Angeles is known as the tshirt capital of the world and it shows!
  10. What American Made products is the easiest to find?
    1. Tshirts and jeans.
  11. Are you willing to pay more for an American made item?
    1. Yes, but within reason. If something is just too expensive I won’t purchase it or I’ll wait until I can find it on sale.
  12. What is your favorite American made item to buy?
    1. Dresses. I have quite a few professional attire dresses that were made in the USA. These pieces are high quality, fashionable, and will last me a very long time. I love the fit and I don’t have to worry about ruining the dress by wearing it repeatedly. They’re my version of a power suit.
  13. If you had to give one reason why you try to buy American, what would it be?
    1. Doing what I can do for my country. I really do believe it is my patriotic duty to buy American. I’m proud of my country and I do what I can to support the independent and entrepreneurial spirit of American when I’m spending my hard earned dollars.

For more information check out Heidi’s blog - http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com/

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