Should we accept endless Chinese products and the resulting trade deficits or is it possible we can return to the days when American-made products were in greater supply and easier to find? Todd Lipscomb, founder of www.MadeInUSAForever.com, thinks that even as multinationals continue to outsource there are many smaller companies who simply will not give up on America, and he believes some of these will become the next core of U.S. manufacturing. Let's certainly hope so.
At www.MadeInUSAForever.com you'll find over 500 American-made products to browse over, and there are plans to double the number of items in the next few months, so don't think one visit to the website will reveal everything that will ever be available.
I could give you a long list of American-made jeans, shorts, shirts, blankets and toys that can be found on the website. But what surprised me about the wide range of products offered were the types of things I have often struggled to find made in America at times myself, and even things that I haven't sought out in particular but happily found from the made-in-USA variety.
Ever wondered where you might find an American-made wallet, or possibly an American-made pillow? It's doubtful you'll find either in most retail stores. If you're looking for cushion insoles to put an extra spring in your step, don't buy the Chinese-made Dr. Scholl's cushion insoles. Get the Ener-Gel cushion insoles from MadeinUSAForever.com to slip inside your American-made SAS or New Balance shoes!
You'll also find other products that you probably thought weren't available from domestic sources like clothing for kids, infants and toddlers, sporting goods items like soccer, hockey and lacrosse goals (free shipping), and handy tools like extension cords and fluorescent "Stubby II" work lights. You can even find American-made roller rings for your shower curtain. And don't forget about the patriotic section of the website where you can buy American-made flags and other items that proudly display our flag's image. Or you can do like I did and order an American-made hat sporting the Made In USA Forever.com logo for just $12.95.
Equally interesting if not more so are the events that led up to the beginning of the www.MadeInUSAForever.com website. Owner Todd Lipscomb was making a good salary working in Asia for hard drive maker Western Digital, but some of what he saw bothered him because of the potential negative impact on America's future in the areas of trade, worker safety, and product safety. He saw America's wealth and productive capacity shrinking while our trade deficit with other countries was expanding. That compelled him to leave his job and start a business that would help America's financial position relative to the rest of the world and create and keep jobs here at home.
Not only can you get free shipping on select items at www.MadeInUSAForever.com, but your order will likely go out in the mail to you the next business day. That's because most of the inventory is stored on-site, as opposed to just passing your order onto someone else for them to ship at a later date.
At www.MadeInUSAForever.com, the belief is that there is a passionate grassroots movement of consumers from every walk of life who want American-made products. It doesn't necessarily matter if you're on the political left, political right, a liberal, a conservative, an environmentalist, a rancher or farmer, or if you live in an urban or rural climate. The very diversity of the people in our nation is the reason why Made In USA Forever.com has a diverse selection of products to choose from no matter where it is in America that you call home.
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.