Purchasing products made in the United States of America provides many benefits to the nation's economy. These products include food, clothing, electronics, furniture and automobiles, all of which are commonly manufactured overseas. Buying American-made products is beneficial to you, your neighbors and your country at large.
Many employers move jobs overseas because of the lower price point of foreign-made goods. Consumers who show a preference for buying American-made products over cheaper foreign goods send a message to corporations who would otherwise consider moving operations overseas. Also, buying products made in the USA supports American workers who manufacture the products and their families.
American-made products increase the gross domestic product (or GDP) of the United States, thereby pumping more money into the national economy. Also, American workers employed in manufacturing have money to spend on products, thereby bettering the economy in a way that could not happen had they been unemployed due to outsourcing.
Many outsourced third-world factories treat their workers in an unethical manner. Some of the key issues include paying workers unlivable wages, promoting unsafe working conditions and using cruel tactics to force their employees to work. These factories, often known as "sweatshops," manufacture goods intended for export to the United States, including toys, shoes, clothing and electronics. The United States has laws specifically prohibiting such conditions in American factories; buying American ensures that the product was created in an ethical fashion.
During the late 2000s, lead paint and/or other toxic materials appeared in many foreign-made toys. These materials can cause significant damage to people, especially children. Goods manufactured in the USA must pass stringent federal safety standards before being sold to the public.