Don’t be hatin’ Walmart…for this.

Posted: February 29, 2012 in House and home
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Seems like people either love or hate Walmart. Whichever your side, this post isn’t trying to change your mind except on one point. I’m going to talk about something that’s annoyed me for a long time, the claim that nothing in Walmart is made in America; it’s all from China.


It’s true. Much of what is at Walmart comes from China. That’s not what annoys me.

Let me ask you this. Have you checked the tags or “Made in ______” labels other stores? If so, you know they do not say “Made in America” and almost all of them do say “Made in China”, whether appliances, utensils, clothing, knick knacks, or anything else.

When my husband moved to Naperville and needed kitchen items, I went to Target and decided to buy things made in America. I looked at virtually every single kitchen utensil and item in the store that he needed (as well as some he didn’t need) and about two were sporting “Made in America” labels. That’s two individual items, not two brands. Kitchen Aid; surely that’s made in America. No. Oxo? No. All the other brands. No.

Look at clothing labels. Very few of them say “Made in America”. If they don’t say “Made in China”, they’re likely made in another Asian country or sometimes in a central American one. Once in awhile, I find something at the thrift store that’s made in America. I like that. The Suave lotion in my kitchen says “Made in the USA” on the back. Take a look at things around your house or apartment? What do you see that’s made here or at least not in China? I’d love to know.

If you’re interested in what appliances are made in America, here’s a place you can look:

Clothing made in America:

A report on the costs of domestically made furniture and appliances:

“These websites are devoted to American companies or to sourcing where the everyday products you use are from. Use the links below and our interactive map to find companies near you”:

I read a fascinating book about trying NOT to buy things made in China, “A Year Without ‘Made in China’”, by Sara Bongiorni. Shoes and toys were difficult as were flip flops. Even buying gifts for children’s birthday parties was difficult. Read the book; you’ll enjoy it as well as sharing in her frustration. In the end, finding a thoughtful, middle ground was, as in so many other areas of life, the solution for the Bongiornis.

Whatever your beef with Walmart, one I don’t believe is legitimate is that they only sell things “Made in China.” If that’s something you want to avoid, you’ll be much better richer, because you won’t be doing much shopping, at Walmart or anywhere else.

  1. christopher otten says:

    I used to buy from LL Bean for this very reason: it was almost all “made in America” in New England textile mills.

    No more. It hasn’t been made in America for some time. I bought a batch of seersucker shirts about 12 years ago and noticed, for the first time, that the labels said, “Made in Bangladesh.” I was disappointed. Why pay more for American textiles if — well — they’re not American?

    I noticed that the latest Lands’ End catalog (which arrived last week, as I recall) now sports “Made in USA” logos and specifically states that, wherever possible, their clothing is manufactured in the US.

    • janet says:

      Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, etc. are the new Chinas. Hopefully some of them treat their people better than China does. I saw one article that mentioned that many things in Catholic stores are made in China, in a place that not only doesn’t respect but actually persecutes religious people and doesn’t share Catholic (or Protestant) values, at least at the governmental level.

      I’d like to see more labels, in catalogs, on store shelves and on items themselves, that proudly proclaim “Made in the USA”. It would make it much easier for shoppers!