A NOT Made in China Christmas

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Real Estate Appraiser with Appraising in Delaware

This year I decided that I would give my kids a fabulous, NOT MADE IN CHINA Christmas.  How hard can it be to find things they like made in the USA?  Well, it is difficult, not because those items aren't out there, but because many retailers don't stock them.  I plan on sending a message that we need to have items made by our hard working people in the stores.  Whys should all the chinese get our money?  They taint our children with lead, destroy our manufacturing jobs, and everything we buy is made by them.  Think about it.

I wanted to buy my daughter a doll, but most are not american.  You have to look closely.  I found a lovely french doll all knit and cuddly, FRENCH doll made in china!  What is that about?

I have also sworn off large corporate stores.  I am a small business owner and I want my money to stay in my area.  Only 3% or so stays when you purchase from walmart, but over 60% stays when you buy locally.

So anyway, wish me luck. 

Keep in mind that quality over quantity can make the best Christmas ever.  There are some great websites like madeintheusa.com and notmadeinchina.com among others that list companies that provide wonderful american made products. 

Nothing speaks louder than dollars.

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Gail Gladstone
Gladstone Group & Long Island Business Brokerage - Huntington, NY
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Patti, it is a shame, but the cost of labor is so out of hand in America that offshore means something to manufacturers. 

This Long Island Realtor has found a lot of made in America products at craft fairs...not only made in America, but usually in my home town.

Gail Gladstone, Long Island Realtor

Nov 28, 2007 10:10 PM #1
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Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information

Good idea, and not one that's as ethnocentric as a statement to manufacturers here to get their act straight. One can check, and not accept delivery of inferior products, yes?

Best 

Nov 28, 2007 10:11 PM #2
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Krisy Clayton~
Windermere Real Estate/Lake Tapps, Inc. - Lake Tapps, WA
"Where Commitment and Possibilities Meet"
I SOOO appreciate this post, thank you for the links as well I will put them to use...it is very scary!
Nov 28, 2007 10:13 PM #3
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Patti Persia
Appraising in Delaware - Milford, DE
Licensed Real Property Appraiser

Thanks.  You can find wonderful products made in America.  Yes they cost more, but hasn't this consumerism gotten out of hand.  I would rather my kids grow up with safe, quality toys that they actually play with than so many toys they don't even know what they have. 

Made in America used to mean something.

Nov 28, 2007 10:24 PM #4
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
More power to you. It would be difficult it seems to find things for kids that they would actually like that are not the Chinese made stuff. We are so commercialized with the Power Ranger, Superman, Batman and such items that kids think they "must have", that even if American items can be found will kids really like them? What happened to simple fun items?
Nov 28, 2007 10:25 PM #5
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