No wonder our economy is suffering! Yesterday, I began a quest to look for gym shoes. I am a gym rat and go to the gym daily. I don't like shopping for gym clothes or shoes - but after 4 years, there is no tread left on my Reebok's.
You'd think it would be a no brainer.
Not. Gym shoes are expensive, so I thought the best place to look would be on line. I saw scores of shoes I liked. However, before I took the plunge and placed my order, I wanted to shop size. One of the stores I shopped was Famous Footwear. I explained to the clerk that I wanted a cross-training shoe. She navigated to the side of the store where I could find one in every color. I asked about quality and the "best" shoe for the money- at that point we began discussing where they are produced.
I was surprised to learn that everything was made in Asia. Nike, in Vietnam, Asics, Reebok, the list went on and on. I did note, however, that New Balance Made In America- Yeah Right almost got it right, but then outsourced 75% of its productions to money.cnn.com China and Vietnam. I did research one visionary; Lasco; How to Make it In America. Here is a man that means business. Despite the high cost of producing in the United States, he refuses to give up. This article addresses every reason why most of our production is overseas.
I never really gave this any thought, but it occurred to me if an industry like this produces everything in Asia, what about all the other products sold in America?
Here's where it gets really scary.
In researching production, I came across something you have just got to read:
Check out this website to get Robert Barrows poem on It Used to Be Made In America.
His feelings about sum up the situation.
It comes as no surprise that most of our technical products (our computer, laptops, I PODS, etc.) are also produced outside of the U.S. Today's start tech products produced outside of the US: Should we be concerned?
You're dog-gone right we should be concerned. For years, I never paid attention the mass production of clothing, goods, services outsourced by American businesses.
Shame on me.
According to www.bls.gov, The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us the national rate of unemployment for June, 2012, was 8.2%. I wonder if this takes into account the number of people who have just stopped looking for work. I suspect those numbers would increase quite a bit.
In my opinion, we should have a government mandate (at least at this point in time) that everything be manufactured in this country. Of course, if there is a medical need for product, goods or services, that would be exempt. Initially, this may prove disastrous for small businesses, but eventually, it will help put Americans back to work.
We all remember the sweat-shops that used children to work round-the-clock to produce our clothing. Besides being a disgrace, I never looked at how that financially impacted our production state side.
I suppose it was easier to sweep under the rug in a good economy. We can't do this anymore.
So the next time I go out on my shopping jaunts, I will consciously begin to look for where the goods are manufactured. If enough of us boycott goods and services produced outside of the States; I hope we can start to turn around our economy.
So where am I going to find my gym shoes?