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4/29/2020 11:20 AM

I resolved to buy made in the USA almost exclusively (absolutely nothing from the "People's Republic" of China), though some geopolitical allies with free societies get the nod sometimes.

Would love to hear thoughts (including if you think I'm zenophobic because I refuse to support a regime that censors and controls its internet, infiltrates global news and political organizations for its own agenda, utilizes slave labor, harvests organs from political prisoners/dissidents, lets Wuhan residents travel globally after becoming aware of the Wuhan virus but does not allow travel to other Chinese provinces, keeps its number of state executions a secret and focuses on achieving hegemony with the explicit goal of completely overtaking our country and changing our way of life).

One of the things that pulled me over to HPG remains their manufacturing source decision and I respect them for the extra sacrifices they made to do so.

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5/26/2020 6:48 AM

Here are 2 companies that source and make almost all their products from America. 


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6/25/2020 3:44 AM
Here’s another USA company. https://www.atlas46.com/products.html#!/Tool-Rolls-Bags-&-Packs/c/34912316/offset=0&sort=normal
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6/29/2020 10:52 PM
Not always possible, but I think you quickly realize it's not as difficult or expensive as some people make it out to be. At least the "not buying Made in China" part.

Recent USA acquisitions, HPG Original Kit bag, ESEE Junglas knife, Chippewa boots, Tactical Tailor Coronovirus masks, LC King Coronavirus masks...

Even Walmart has plenty of Made in USA items if you look close enough.
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6/30/2020 10:47 AM
I've already linked this company but they make button down long sleeve shirts that are comparable in price to Duluth Trading. Here is link to the shirts. https://www.allamericanclothing.com/made-in-usa/buttondownshirts.html
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7/4/2020 5:31 PM
Here’s another company, https://www.atlas46.com/
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7/4/2020 6:40 PM
I noticed that the silnylon gear pouches from Survival Metrics are US made and Berry Compliant.
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7/6/2020 12:11 PM

I too try to buy American whenever possible. I feel that it's been getting easier in the last few years, particularly with clothing. Here are some companies that I like to purchase everyday clothing from. Unfortunately most of the stuff has to be purchased online and tried on at home and exchanged. Its frustrating but worth it. I've actually had good luck sourcing USA made clothing on eBay. Sometimes you can find new old stock.

www.danner.com - I hesitate to recommend footwear, as everyone's sizes vary. I typically don't like Danner, as they just don't fit me, but recently I bought a pair of their "Mountain Pass" boots, which are a lighter weight but still capable boot. They must have used a wider last, because they are the first Danners that are comfortable (for me).

www.sweatshirtsusa.com - "Kellsport" hooded sweatshirts- super heavy duty 18oz cotton, great construction, generous fit. I've got one of their hoodies, and a pair of their sweatpants on order. A good cotton hoody is a nice thing to have.

www.royalapparel.com for t-shirts

https://dearborndenim.us/ for jeans

www.atlas46.com for jeans

https://darntough.com/ for socks

www.thunderboltsportswear.com - Local (to me) maker of no frills Schoeller softshell pants/shorts with jeans styling. No fancy/unnecessary features. Just pants with pockets and belt loops. Truly can be worn outdoors on the trail, or as everyday pants. I haven't had them for too long, so I can't comment on them from a long term perspective, however I have had pants with the same fabric, and it's great durable stuff.

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8/3/2020 4:34 AM
Personally I made it easier for me by simply resolving to never buy Chicom products whenever it is at all practically possible. I try to buy as "close to home" as possible, but I have no problem buying things from Korea or Japan, since these are civilized (and allied, for that matter) countries with functioning societies and a rule of law.

It's almost always possible, with enough research, to avoid Chicom products. However, the market certainly doesn't make it easy for us.

Rule of thumb - whenever the company doesn't actively talk about their supply chain, or they brag about "designed in" whatever country instead of where it is made - it is Chicom.
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8/4/2020 9:37 AM
One of the companies I have been loyal to and never been let down by is Princeton Tec for headlamps. It is nice to have an affordable and quality made in the USA option for headlamps.
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8/20/2020 9:30 PM
A big part of the problem with "buying American", or even "buy only stuff that is American or our allies" is that we live in a globally interconnected world, and figuring out the percentage and origin of parts is difficult to impossible.

For example the "American Iron Horse" Hardley Ableson is *assembled* in a couple places in the US, but sources suspension and brake parts (at least) from Italy and Japan (and given the unknown nature of labelling laws in other countries, parts made in third countries could still carry "made in $THIS_COUNTRY" labels.

Food is another issue. Lots of "native" fruits and vegetables are sourced from Mexico[1] or parts further south.

McDonalds sources it's meat from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil (at least in the past) and IIRC Argentina. So does Burger King. I suspect that other large chains do the same.

USDA certification doesn't mean it was *raised* in the US, only that it was raised (and killed and the fresh meat handled) according to USDA instructions.

Electronics, especially computer chips aren't made in the US because it involves a lot of REALLY toxic chemicals, so most things that use advanced electronics are made overseas and often in places where workplace safety laws are lax, or corruption is endemic.

Additionally the cost of products made in the US is more than those sourced from places like India, Pakistan or China. Doing a quick search the cheapest pair of "made in the US" jeans I could find is $59.95. A longer search might find better.

Or you could buy a two pair of Wranglers from Walmart with a pack of socks and a couple t-shirts for about the same price. Most people will choose this option because they have limited budgets (honestly I may be in this boat soon if I don't find another job. I've lost 18 pounds since late March, and if this keeps up I'll NEED new pants by first frost).
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11/2/2020 9:06 AM

I also try to buy mostly American products but it is difficult.  For a start, I avoid WalMart like the plague.  No one institution has contributed to PRC's economy and products in the US more than WalMart.  This has been going on for decades and is well documented (and destroyed many American (manufacturing) businesses).  However, it's competitors eventually have followed their lead but there is no need to support the originator.  Secondly, I would avoid Harbor Freight.  Although incredibly cheap, with mostly very cheap quality products, there are alternatives for tools if you shop around, particularly online.  There are still American made handtools.  Taiwan is also a good source and for powertools not made in the US.

So it is all about price.  If price is everthing, please disregard.

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