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Old 04-23-2010, 04:23 PM
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Not sure if you guys already knew this, but even a "Made in the USA" label doesn't provide assurance that a product was indeed manufactured in America.

The numbers can be spun such that if a certain percentage of the total cost of bringing a product to market (manufacturing, advertising, marketing) originated in US markets, it can be labeled as "Made" in the USA. So, a product can actually be manufactured in China, but still labeled as "Made in the USA".

At least with an accurate country-of-origin labeling system, consumers can make accurate purchasing choices. The ability to spin that data removes that choice from the consumer, and, in some cases, deceives him into thinking that he's supporting the local national economy, when, in fact, he's supporting another.

See this thread for more details, and how Eaton Compressor threatened legal action to try to force me into handing over the identity of a forum member who mentioned that their compressors were manufactured in China.

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