It's been over a year since I announced the intention to build an American-made Retail E-guide, but the long-awaited pdf database is finally here.
The American-made Retail E-guide features 53 pages of over 2,300 products from over a dozen American retail stores like Home Depot, TJ Maxx, and Dollar Tree stores (yes, you'll be amazed at what is available for one dollar from Dollar Tree!)
The American-made Retail E-guide is a compilation of research by volunteer patriotic consumers (and yours truly) who dedicated their own personal time to scour the store shelves at various retail chains for American-made products.
After all (if you're a patriotic consumer), who hasn't walked into a retail store at some point and wondered what (if anything) is made in USA?
Ever wondered where you can easily find an American-made bed frame? Or what store carries American-made printer cartridges? How about American-made bed pillows? Maybe a heated blanket or a mattress topper?
Looking for bigger ticket American-made items? The American-made Retail E-guide shows you where you can find an American-made front loader washer by a prominent American company. Did you know you can still find American-made microwave ovens in certain stores? Ditto for American-made refrigerators (I recently bought a new one for my house).
Interested in American-made tools? The American-made Retail E-guide shows where you can find American-made hammers, levels, screwdriver sets, pipe wrenches, and more.
How about hundreds of apparel choices for men, women, children, infants and related accessories? When is the last time you saw an American-made bath towel in a retail store? What about dinnerware, china, or drinkware? It's all listed within the American-made Retail E-guide.
You'll see that I've listed prices, too. Since some products are available at multiple stores, identifying which store carries the same American-made product for less will help Americans save money while padding the pockets of fellow American workers at the same time. After all, consumer shopping comes down to the question "whose pockets are we lining?" Why not line our own?
One retail chain in particular, Wal-Mart, is omitted from the list since I have always discouraged consumers from shopping there. If the various economic crises, bailouts, bankruptcies, and bubbles have taught us anything as a nation, it's that we shouldn't put all of our economic eggs in one basket. Let's be a little more diverse with our consumer dollars.
This American-made Retail E-guide is a supplemental resource designed to complement the print edition or e-book edition of How Americans Can Buy American. It does not replace it.
This is just the initial version of the American-made Retail E-guide, and it is my hope with more future help from more patriotic consumers, we can build upon this guide and expand it in the future. The advantages to the e-guide are many.
- It can be updated fast to keep it fresh
- It can never get too big
- It's downloadable electronically
- No shipping charges - no trees to cut down - no wasted paper
- Anyone can contribute to creating it
The American-made Retail E-guide is available with ANY purchase from the USA Shop, which means you could get it free with a "No NAFTA" button for $3.95, a Buy American bumper sticker for the same price, or your own copy of "How Americans Can Buy American" (on sale NOW for just $10.95). Just be sure to use the promo code "Retail" at checkout.
To download the 53-page American-made Retail E-guide which features over 2,300 American-made products available on the shelves at American retail stores, please click here and let's make a powerful, positive impact when we find ourselves in a store searching for American-made stuff!
Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website www.howtobuyamerican.com and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications, and is now a weekly contributor to WorldNetDaily.