From Patriotic to Practical
Cannon continued, stating that his ability to trust in Morris Magnet's product safety is something that transfers to the company's buyers, who then can also feel secure about what they're buying. "It's an advantage to us, especially with a lot of the large companies that we work with," he said. "They test our products, they know it's good every time, so they come back to us because they know they're not going to have a problem. They know they're not going to have an issue with us, versus some of the stuff they order overseas," he explained.
ON THE MATTER OF MONEY
One of the most common objections to USA-made products is the higher costs. While a higher price tag on American goods is sometimes the case, it's not an across-the-board truth. As Sokolofski pointed out, some American items are already equivalent in cost to their overseas counterparts. "It all depends on the labor content," he said. "If the labor content is less, and you figure in the cost of additional freight and so forth, depending on the product you can be just as cost-effective as you can overseas."
Aside from labor costs, other factors in China may be shifting that may further level the cost field. "One of the biggest differences between the costs of U.S. made versus import is the cost of molds, which are significantly lower overseas," said Helzel. "As pressure continues to grow on wages in China, and raw material costs, fuel, etc. continue to increase, the prices may start to be more comparable to the U.S., but that is still a ways off."
There are a great number of reasons to buy American, ranging from weighty political and moral concerns to the basic business practicalities of running a physical product-based business. Setting aside the bigger and more philosophically complex issues wrapped up in American manufacturing, there are certain hard benefits of the process worth knowing, advantages like fast turnaround times, increased quality control and the possibility of instilling added safety confidence in your buyers.