Why is it so hard to buy American? In 1933, Congress passed the BAA (Buy American Act). It was then signed by President Roosevelt. It required the US Government to preferably buy American made products. Over time, it was boiled down and changed. It allowed the President to waive the Act in certain areas. It is not to be confused with the Buy America Act of 1983. The 1983 Act was to give preference to domestically produced products. It dealt mainly with the Federal Transit and Federal Highway Administration. Many individuals feel that there is no bite in either of these two acts.
Americans working.com is a great place to start, when looking for products that are American made. There are hundreds of companies that make American products. Yet many of us will buy items made over seas. Why is this? Is it because it is simply convenient to buy at a cheaper cost. Is it because where we do most of our shopping moves foreign items quickly through their stores at competitive prices. Maybe, it is because we want things faster.
Many people feel that NAFTA has added to our economic crisis. At first NAFTA added more jobs for American citizens. However, that has slowly changed with a lot of out sourcing going to China and India. This has picked up a lot the last five years. Not only has jobs that made American products been out sourced, the products coming back in have hurt good quality American products.
We can all place blame on companies outsourcing to other countries. However, it is the American consumer that decides what to buy and from whom and where. How many of us take the time to look closely at the items we purchase? How many of us really care? Many of us always try to buy a little cheaper. Cheaper goods usually come from other countries.
I don’t intend for this article to be an editorial that places blame on consumers. I just want to draw attention to the fact that we can help ourselves, by taking the time to look before we buy. Here are some helpful suggestions.
1. Consider the store you buy from. Do they handle American made products? Do they let you know what is American and what is from outside the country? Do they place American items so that they are easily accessible?
2. Check the labels yourself and do some research. If you have access to a computer, you can easily find where products come from behind the brand name.
3. Buy American. There are benefits to buying American. You are employing a citizen. You are helping the company that employs these Americans. You can usually find parts easier. You are helping our economy to grow. You will be employing your patriotism.