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Some notes on imported vs. domestic products

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, April 16, 2007 11:59 AM (Eastern)

I realize, reading over my recent posts here, I've mentioned buying American-made products in pretty much every post.

That wasn't on purpose, and I hope I do not come across as some kind of a xenophobe. I feel that many products should be produced overseas. The cost to produce everything domestically would be prohibitive; we would not be able to afford anything much of anything if our import policies were that strict.

Moreover, some items are specialized and sometimes are produced better overseas: French perfumes, Balinese silver beads, Italian or English shoes, Chinese pearls, et cetera. We could or do produce comparable items here, but it's well to have choices.

As with anything, the key is balance. We are so out of balance now it's not good. By this I mean our trade balance. I don't think anyone can argue that.

The question is more, what are we going to do about it? I'm the last person in the world to tell people to sit around and be miserable, or else feel guilty about whatever they decide to purchase. My point is always, how can we Americans market our domestically-produced goods, to other Americans? How can we use our own system to provide choices

The consumer can be fickle, and even our own corporations are constantly trying to put their finger on our pulse. If the corporations felt there was a stronger market for domestically-made goods, they'd be on it like a hobo on a ham sandwich.

Hence the concept of pure and simple marketing of this idea, as well as of specific companies whenever I come across them. If "it's just as easy to love a rich man as a poor one," so it is sometimes just as easy to mention a domestic company as a foreign one.

Anyhow that's what's been on my mind for quite some time.

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