Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. There is no additional cost to you when you make a qualifying purchase via an affiliate link. Click here for the full affiliate disclosure.
Take Action to Find, Support, and Promote Made in the USA Products & American Manufacturing
Are you making an effort to do something about it? That’s what I wanted to say when my peers complained about factories moving overseas, supply chain issues, and the economy. It’s a knee-jerk reaction and not exactly a sympathetic way to express my frustration. They didn’t know how to find and buy American made products and I knew it wasn’t easy. So I remained silent.
Then one night while I was trying to fall asleep, it hit me. It was like bombs bursting in air!
A productive way to encourage effort and help others buy made in the USA brands and products would be to share and expand upon my own list of made in the USA products and brands. Because yes, I have been trying. And maybe they were trying to. But the reality is that it’s challenging to find American made products.
It’s not hard. It’s just time-consuming. You have to take some extra steps. Typing “made in the USA” into the Amazon search bar doesn’t work. Even if it did, there are countless products listed that say they are made in the USA but they aren’t being truthful. And believe me when I tell you, Google doesn’t make it easy either. You wouldn’t believe how many pages of results I have to scroll through to actually find that bold font made in the USA in the description.
So what is an American consumer that wants to buy made in the USA products to do?
The most important step is a commitment to buy American made products.
Commit to make a fair effort to find made in the USA products.
Make a promise to yourself and silently to your community and country. Don’t get on Amazon all willy nilly or throw things into your shopping cart without checking labels. You can even sign up for our mailing list if you’d like a little reminder now and then.
Bookmark made in the USA websites like this one.
I’ve poured over product descriptions, “about us” pages, zoomed in on labels, and verified made in the USA claims. I’ve linked to trusted merchants on Amazon and reached out to companies. I’ve asterisked the heck out of companies that operate both here and abroad. I’ve done all that challenging leg work for you. You only have to take one step. Come here first. All the trusted links are conveniently placed for you. Here is our home page.
Join and follow Made in the USA Matters on social media.
You can follow us on Instagram @madeintheusamatters and Pinterest @madeintheusamatters. We also invite you to join our Facebook group Made in the USA-American Made Matters where you can ask us and other Americans for their recommendations when you’re looking for a particular made in the USA product. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook.
Spread the word and encourage others to buy American made products.
Once you’ve followed us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest and joined our Facebook group, share us with your friends from time to time. You can also invite your friends to our Facebook group directly.
If we’ve posted something you know a friend has been looking for, send them the link to our post or share it on their page. If you don’t know if we have a directory for that product, just send them to our main page madeintheusamatters.com and social media.
Follow Made in the USA tags on social media.
In addition to following us on social media, follow the #madeintheusa, #americanmade, and #buyamerican tags on Instagram. I’ve found so many great products that I’ve added to madeintheusamatters.com that I never would have known about if I wasn’t following those hashtags. Follow your own favorite finds and support them with your business.
Buy American made products as gifts.
I love a themed holiday. One year we bought all the kids and grandchildren superhero pajamas. Why not a made in the USA Christmas, birthday, or baby shower? Or just buy American made gifts because you’re committed to buying made in the USA products. Let your friends and family know that it’s Made in the USA.
Check labels and product descriptions for “Made in the USA”.
Double-check tags and product descriptions even when you find them here at madeintheusamatters.com or on another website promoting made in the USA products. Companies move manufacturing and change ownership all the time. We make every effort to stay up to date but things can get by us.
Reach out to brands to find out if their products are made in the USA.
Go ahead and email or call brands and ask if their products are made in the USA. Let them know you support American manufacturing and buy made in the USA products. Even if their products aren’t American made, many brands will send you a coupon just for contacting them.
Shop local but…
Shop local but keep in mind that just because a company is local doesn’t mean their products or the supplies they use to make their own products are made in the USA. So go ahead and ask. And when their stock or materials aren’t sourced in the USA, politely let them know that you want to shop local but are also committed to supporting American manufacturing. Just maybe your words will encourage another to join the effort.
Return products that aren’t made in the USA.
I don’t mean to empty your closet and attempt to return last season’s clothes. No. That’s simply not appropriate. I mean, when you order a product online that didn’t say where it was made in the description and it arrives only to have a label that says “made somewhere else”, send it back and don’t even feel bad about it. Even worse, if the description fraudulently stated it was made in the USA, send it back and report it as “item not as described”.
Help us spread the word. Share THIS page on your Facebook, pin it on Pinterest, and tag us on Instagram.