I know, I know, this subject raises its ugly head every now and then in the forums and the blogs. Every now and then someone will pose the “Buy American” phrase or question. I just wanted to post a thought on this, or at least give everyone my take on my “Made in America” thought process.
First of all, “Made in America” is not as simple as looking at the tag. Items are assembled in America with foreign parts, items are assembled in a foreign land with American parts. Some items are completely manufactured overseas but are owned by American companies who invest in other America products, some items are completely made in America by foreign companies that invest in their country of origin. Each purchase may, or may not, affect an American job. There are manufacturers, distributors, retailers, dock loaders, shipping clerks, managers, staff of every kind who is an American despite the stamp on the product.
Do I believe that Americans should be out of work or that nothing should be manufactured here? Absolutely not. But I really can’t tell you the economic repercussions of my purchases based on the tag. And just to throw another thought out there, when you buy used, it may be a fully American product, but the downside is that the purchase definitely does not increase the quantity of jobs in America one iota.
That being said, I buy the best quality tool I can afford, despite the country name on the manual. Ultimately, whatever I purchase will help an American out somewhere (and maybe a few woodworkers in LJs that do not claim this country as their motherland.)
And, as long as I am cutting, finishing, sanding, and assembling, I do know one American who is definitely working and I try to keep him that way :)
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.