There are a lot of things that are important to consumers when they are buying just about anything. For Americans, one of the biggest considerations before buying a product is that the product is made in America using American-made materials. In such a world of globalization, it’s not as easy as it once was to find companies who produce products that fit those two criteria – but I found one which produces Allen plantation shutters and Keller plantation shutters (both in the DFW area) using only American-made materials and of course using those materials to make plantation shutters in their own factory (which by the way, if you actually take a tour of their factory, they give you 10% off of your order if you decide to purchase their shutters).
Anyway, back to the point of buying American-made products – I guess it’s a big deal to me as well. I always hate to see businesses moving their operations to another country to save on labor costs and taking jobs away from hardworking Americans. But at the same time, I totally understand the corporate mindset – their bottom line is maximizing profit. Thus, they cut costs wherever they can and this sometimes means that they determine it is best for that bottom line to move their business to a place where they can pay their workforce lower wages. They can save so much money that way. So, I am caught between wanting American-made products like the aforementioned ones (I am in the market for plantation shutters is why I used them as my example) and understanding American corporate interests. I guess in the example of plantation shutters I won’t have to worry about it because this specific company produces American-made shutters and they happen to be ranked in the number one position for their products. Maybe that is the way I should decide each time – how highly ranked are the products I am considering purchasing. I guess this will solve my question.
So, what do you readers think about this conundrum? Are you all about American-made products no matter what or are you stuck in the questions I have? What is your solution to this problem? Do you have any good advice? Please feel free to comment. Thanks in advance.