How important is "Made in the USA" to you?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Teger, Feb 25, 2013.

How important is "Made in the USA" to you?

  1. I am willing to pay a premium for "Made in the USA"

    70 vote(s)
    64.8%
  2. I am not willing to pay a premium for "Made in the USA"

    38 vote(s)
    35.2%
  1. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    Quick poll - curious on responses.

    Hypothetical scenario:

    Two pairs of pants, identical fit.

    First pair is Made in China, $100

    Second pair is Made in the USA, $150

    Which would you buy? Why?
     


  2. max_r

    max_r Senior member

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    is one higher quality (in some way) than the other?
     


  3. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    no, no noticeable difference. only different is country of origin.
     


  4. buran

    buran Senior member

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    I am not American and still voted, hope that's ok.
     


  5. Leather

    Leather Senior member

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    No brainer for me, I'd buy the MIC every time if there is no difference in quality. Why? Because it's $50 cheaper for the same product,
     


  6. Fluery

    Fluery Senior member

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    i am willing to pay a premium for "quality" but i don't give a shit whether that quality is b/c it was made in usa or made somewhere else. just happens that made in usa is often associated with higher quality (for a number of reasons)
     


  7. WhiteFox

    WhiteFox Well-Known Member

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    I think I would vote for made in USA if the price difference was a little less extreme...we're paying 50% more for no appreciable difference in quality. Honestly, Chinese manufacturing processes have improved so much that made in USA seems almost pointless.
     


  8. notwithit

    notwithit Pullup laureate

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    I'll pay a premium for MIUSA, but not necessarily over concerns related to heritage/quality/isolationism/moderate xenophobia. I like the idea of wearing clothing that I'm relatively certain wasn't produced using slave labor. I'm not saying that there are no sweatshops in America or that every factory in outside of the "first world" underpays and abuses its workers. If something seems to cost considerably less than it should, though, there's a decent chance that slave labor (or something close to it) was used at some point in the production process.

    That reminds me - I keep meaning to email Uniqlo to see what their labor policies are like. I'm pretty confident that most of what I'm wearing - W+H hoodie, Acne t-shirt, Krane henley, Zissou belt, Attachment jeans - were made under fair and ethical conditions (unless Zissou has started making his daughter skip school to work in his leather-crafting operation :laugh: ), but I'm not rock-solid on the Uniqlo socks and underwear. :paranoia:

    I already pay more for clothes that I like, so I might as well pay more for clothes I can feel good about. :nodding:

    edit:

    I just looked at the results. It's getting kinda lonely up here on my high horse. :embar:
     
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  9. Leather

    Leather Senior member

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    If it was $101 for Made in USA and $100 for Made in China and the quality is the same, I'd still pick Made in China.
     


  10. mrjester

    mrjester Senior member

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    Why? Are you not American?

    I'd pay for the USA but not 50% more. 15% more maybe.
     


  11. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    A little unfair. Firstly, I'd prefer Made in France or Italy. Second, MIA is almost always better quality than MIC, so this is your perception that the country of origin has no impact on quality, where as it does.
     


  12. slide13

    slide13 Senior member

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    SirGrotius- It's not true that MIC is always inferior quality. I have RRL selvage officer chinis and they are made in China and are the best built chinos I have handled. And this is coming from someone who voted they would pay the premium.

    I wouldn't hesitate to pay a little extra for US made. In the example above I'll drop the extra $50. Now, as the goods get more expensive I think the percent I'd be willing to pay extra would decrease. For example, a $500 vs a $750 item would give me much more to think about....but $50, I'd pay that no problem.
     


  13. Dorje

    Dorje Senior member

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    I'm up there with you and would add environmental concerns to the list of reasons why I avoid buying products MIC. Also, I recently read an article about cheaper "designer" clothes sold in Target and Walmart containing harmful chemicals, likely cross-purposed to get rid of a waste product for a different industry. So add "China poisons us" to the list as well, we've seen it in many products and there are probably many more that haven't been exposed.
     


  14. mike868y

    mike868y Senior member

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    teger, my answer is a little different than it was on facebook, only because I guess I was assuming quality would change. but, even at the same quality, I would pay a premium for MIA, especially if it were a label I trusted.
     


  15. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    I appreciate that certain brands are Made in the USA, and I probably would pay a bit more for those brands (Made in the USA may be part of the appeal, along with demonstrated quality, good styling, etc), but "Made in the USA" in a vacuum means little to me
     


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