It's Monday, the start of a new week, at the beginning of a new season. Clearly, you are here because you want to buy American when you can. I love it. Me too. Can I add something to your to-do list?
To-Do: Buy American and ask your favorite stores to help you.
Just imagine what would happen if we all did it… if we asked retailers to help us choose American-made products. I'm not suggesting that you march into your nearest big box store and demand that they carry only American made goods. I'm not that kind of person. I don't think you are either. And besides, it won't work. But at the same time, it doesn't hurt to approach the store manager at retailers large and small to ask them what they carry that is made in the U.S. It would go something like this:
You: Excuse me, I have a question for the manager.
Them: Hi, I'm the manager, how can I help you?
You: I've been trying to buy more American made products lately. Can you tell me some of the items in your store that are US made? I'd like to buy them when I can and recommend them to my friends.
Easy enough… you just sent a clear message to the manager of the store (or website – this is even easier by email).
Best case scenario: you and the store manager find some American made products that you didn't know about before. An also excellent scenario: store manager reports back that “people are asking for goods made in the USA.” This is how change begins… with you.
Some of our favorite sources
There are some sources online that do a better job than most at carrying and labeling American Made products. Always check our latesttips and specialized search links in our own USA Love List Made in USA Shopping District. Here are some of our favorites:
Do you have a favorite go-to source for searching for American Made? Let us know in the comments below.
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During Covid, I’ve done more shopping online this year than I have in the past 10 years. The word “imported” is used in store descriptions. Before I buy something or have it shipped, I call and ask where it was made. This keeps me from having to send it back.
During Covid I have shopped online more this year than the last 10 years. Retailers put “imported” in their descriptions. I call and ask where the products are made before buying or having them shipped to eliminate returns.
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That’s an honest and straight forward way! This should be the way to approach any topic, thank you for your advice
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This is a great idea. Also, perhaps emailing customer service of some of these companies, or even the CEO.
Great point from @Amy – along with encouraging retailers to sell American, do indeed thank retailers who already are. Also, if you are asking for American-made, maybe some specifics – like products you see here on USA Love List! – would help retailers source them.
For stores carrying American-made items, make sure to let them know that one of the reasons you are purchasing it is that it’s made in the USA. The more we thank our retailers for carrying items made in the U.S., the more they’ll be aware that it’s a consumer concern.