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ECONOMY: Hard to find U.S.-made products

Letter by Donald E. Proctor, Sumner on Nov. 7, 2011 at 11:31 am with 8 Comments »
November 7, 2011 12:27 pm

A letter writer (TNT, 11-7) urges shoppers to buy presents from small independent local shops. I most assuredly would do so if those merchants will stock their shelves with goods bearing the label “Made in USA.”

And if they can’t, or won’t, find American-made merchandise, most of my Christmas shopping will be in the form of extra donations made to various charitable causes that I support.

It may well be difficult for retailers to locate and purchase goods manufactured in this country. It will be even harder for those retailers to convince me that my shopping dollars should go to China, Mexico, Brazil or Italy.

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  1. alindasue says:

    I went to both the sites recommended by the editorial and found none of the local shops that feature products crafted by local artists that I know exist (the shop where my brother works being one of them). What I found at one site was a national “shop locally” organization that listed a whole four businesses in Tacoma. The other site seemed filled with paid member shops that included, amongst others, a “local” Pampered Chef distributor. I’m wondering if the author had actually researched either site before recommending them.

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Why can’t you find “made in USA products?”. Blame the unions, all of them.

    If Unions aren’t the problem then why are most companies going down south… Doing everything to avoid unions. Unions take away accountability, it creates a us against them mentality. And one lousy union worker is like cancer… and everybody knows what cancer does… spreads! True, management is a part of the problem but management only made these concessions when competition was localized. Now we live in a globalized market. The union is great for the few that are involved but for the economy and companies who have to deal with them they are a cancer. Its the entitlement mentality that gives them a bad rap. Unions are a drain on companies in todays economic environment. Hell, just look at the teachers union or the police union. bankrupting our communities.

    We can’t have it both ways. We can’t have the status quo unions and compete in a world market. And we can’t wait for democrats that get all their money from public sector unions to do anything. We are doomed.

  3. bobcat1a says:

    Buy a book for a present; they’re made in America.

  4. Taxed ,
    Only one American in eight are union members.

    I prefer to place the blame where it belongs – With the businesses and corporations that have sent American Factories and Jobs overseas, and the un-American, neocon, Rpots who helped them.

  5. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Until this is a right to work nation we will never have manufacturing jobs return to this country. Want to restore middle class jobs? Then support all right to work measures.

    I have the money and a building. I want to open a printing business and will not in this state because of union power over me. I am not alone.

  6. alindasue says:


    Using unions as an excuse to not open a printing business is a bit of a stretch. As xring pointed out, only one in eight people in the USA ia a union member. Even in union friendly states such as Washington, it’s less than one in four.

    There are many companies that operate in Washington that operate successfully without union labor. Look at Winco and Costco. They function quite well, even here in Washington.

    With smaller businesses, like your proposed printing shop, the smaller group of employees are even less likely to join a union. The key though is to treat your employees with respect and compensate them fairly for their work so they don’t feel the need to organize into a union to deal with you.

    “Right to work” measures don’t restore middle class jobs. They just make it easier for low paying employers to exist.

  7. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    We will never bring back business if we can’t compete in the world market. Tell me your solution, please.

  8. alindasue says:

    taxedenoughintacoma said, “We will never bring back business if we can’t compete in the world market. Tell me your solution, please.”

    When it comes to opening a business, I don’t have the one solution. I do know that unions make nice scapegoats, but there are not enough union members in this country to drive away manufacturing, as you seem to suggest.

    What I also know, is that business is a lot like recycling. Recycling programs work because there are people like me who close the loop by buying recycled products, even if they do sometimes cost a little more.

    If we want products to be made in the USA, we need to increase the market for products made in the USA by buying them, even if they do sometimes cost a little more.

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