Posts Tagged ‘Made in America’

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:

http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/appliances.html

Clothing made in America:

http://americansworking.com/clothing.html

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

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/made-america-domestically-made-furniture-appliances-cost-imported/story?id=13049571#.T02WAvVqSSo

“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”:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/MadeInAmerica/made-america-resource-guide-find-american-companies/story?id=13057404#.T02WTfVqSSo

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/06/28/us-books-madeinchina-idUSN2425061320070628

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.

One of the last nights we spent in my husband’s one-bedroom apartment before moving to our rental house, there was an accident. A potentially BAD accident when you have a security deposit riding on the move-out condition of the apartment…a glass of red wine, dashed across the cream-colored carpet, followed by a flurry of unhappy language from my husband who’d knocked the wine over. We hadn’t been exactly smart about it, both of us sitting in easy chairs with our glasses of wine on something but still sitting on the floor. To say my heart sank is a bit like saying the Titanic took on a bit of water!

I tried to stay calm and sent my husband off to Super Target to look for some sort of stain remover while I first hit the internet and then as I recall, although perhaps terror has altered some relevant brain cells, I kept the stain wet, the first and easiest thing recommended, (but NOT, I hasten to add, watered by any tears of mine), while dabbing at the stain with a clean (only briefly) cloth. I didn’t have hydrogen peroxide or white wine or whatever else my fevered glance read, but I did have salt. So on that went.

I called my husband and gave him the names of the recommended products from the websites. But they didn’t have any. So he shopped while I wet, salted and dabbed…and repeated…and repeated. Let me tell you, this stain wasn’t small. The glass had been about half full, so we’re talking a substantial stain.

When he finally arrived home, we followed the directions on the can. Believe it or not, Ripley, the entire stain came out. Yup, the whole thing. Gone. Enough gone that once it had dried, we couldn’t tell where the wine had spilled and obviously it wasn’t because we’d been drinking too much!! I don’t know what that can of stain remover cost, but it was a steal at twice the price!!

I suppose you’d like to know the name, the product for which I’m writing a stainless…er, shameless…plug. Let’s just say that if you have a similar problem, look for Spot Shot, Instant Carpet Stain Remover. It also says it works great on pet stains. All I know, is we had nothing to “wine” about when it came to doing what it promised.

P.S. After I got done cleaning the apartment later in the week, my husband met with the manager, who checked the apartment and then told my husband that it was probably the cleanest move-out he’d ever seen and that he wished all the apartments looked like that when someone left. Hurrah for getting back security deposits!!

P.P.S. Spot Shot, besides living up to what it promises, is made in the good, old U.S. of A. Hurrah for American ingenuity!

P.P.P.S. I can’t believe that when I used Google Images to find a picture, if possible, of spot remover, a picture of the very one came up!!