View Poll Results: Do you consider where things you buy are made?

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  • I don't pay attention, I just buy the cheapest

    5 12.82%
  • I look and prefer certain nations, not necessarily American

    1 2.56%
  • I look and try to avoid buying Chinese

    0 0%
  • I look and will always buy American, if there is a choice

    3 7.69%
  • I prefer American, European or Japanese.

    2 5.13%
  • American for appliances, European for shoes and ski equipment, Japanese for autos

    0 0%
  • If I can, I try to keep my purchases limited to the Western Hemisphere

    0 0%
  • America first, if possible.

    6 15.38%
  • Whoever makes the best is my choice

    18 46.15%
  • Other, please explain

    4 10.26%
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Thread: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

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    Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    I've been making an effort to buy American. I don't mind paying more for several reasons. 1)Better labor laws in U.S. 2)Less fossil fuels to transport 3)Helping keep the American industrial base alive 4)Helping Americans 5)Helping with the trade deficit

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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    Whoever makes the best. Why settle for Lum-tec when you can have a Rolex?
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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    I concur with Hatuey, the best quality/price item is what I want.

    Anything else is nonsensical.
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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    I buy American (everyday items) when I can find it, unless it is obviously poorly made. My favorite when it comes to precision lenses (binoculars etc) is German, Japanese usually gets my vote for mechanical superiority, and craftsmanship of "artsy" stuff typically German, Finnish, Spanish, or Czech.

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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    I buy whatever has the best rating in Consumer Reports. I have yet to be disappointed.

    All other things being equal I prefer to buy American, though.

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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    I prefer to buy other than China if possible to support our economy, but that's really hard to do considering how flooded the market is with Chinese goods.

    Has anyone noticed the number of items that don't have where they are made on them? Or "distributed in U.S.A.?" Sounds evasive if you ask me.

    I most definitely will not by and dog food or treats if they are made in China. I wouldn't trust their human food products, I can't even imagine how horrible and unregulated their animal products are.

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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    I try to avoid buying non-American made goods when possible. It's not always easy, since there doesn't seem to be much truth in manufacture details. Definitely for big ticket purchases (appliances, electronics, etc...) I try and buy American first. However, I won't NOT purchase a foreign made item if the quality is better than American. Since USA manufactured products tend to be higher priced (depending on what you're buying) I want to make sure I'm getting quality merchandise and not some hunk of crap that I'm only paying for the label that states, "Made in America".

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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Has anyone noticed the number of items that don't have where they are made on them? Or "distributed in U.S.A.?" Sounds evasive if you ask me.
    Definitely evasive. I figure if they are too embarrassed to say where it was made, I don't want it.

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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    I pick whatever is the best value, but if it's for something incredibly minor that I don't really care about, then I favor the home team. ex. If I'm picking between Wisconsin and NY Cheddar at $4.99/lb and they look equally good, I'll take the NY.
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    Re: Do you look to see where stuff you buy is made? Do you try to buy American?

    I will buy American if I can.
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