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American Made vs. Overseas Manufacturing

I want to compete with the likes of BuckWear and the private labels offered in Cabellas and BassPro, however they do their manufacturing overseas. I have the contacts and abilities, but I believe the hunting and fishing community would be more inclined to purchase “American Made”. The problem lies with profitability. Where is the line drawn between making money and supporting your country? Would the outdoor community be willing to pay a couple dollars more for something as simple as a t-shirt. We’re talking about millions of dollars in sales of t-shirts. Does the consumer not take this into account or is it because there is no competition? Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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I do and I am sure others do too. Much depends on how much more and the availability of American made products.

If no one offers an American made product then what are you to do?

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I like made in the USA but with clothing its difficult. With firearms I favor American for sure and I buy Kimber, Ruger, Winchester etc.

I do have some old collector items made in Europe.

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FieldDress,

You want to concentrate on what YOU have to offer. You will have to explain (maybe even attempt to create a hype), as to why people should buy your product. I suggest start small, get a good name, lots of promotion and hype, then go for a larger contract. You might find your biggest problem isn't competing in price, by rather supply.

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Thanks for the feedback fellas.

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Wiggy's (http://www.wiggys.com) is a great example of a US manufacturer succeeding in an outdoor gear market dominated by stuff made overseas. I don't know about their clothing, but their sleeping bags are awesome.

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I always look at where items are made. I buy USA first with Canada a close second. Then it is about even between the Aus/NZ & European countries with Red China/Vietnam last.

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I first look for the "Made in USA" lable. But, overall it's value for the price I also take into consideration (tyring to be financially responsible). I am however usually willing to pay a couple dollors more if the product is made here and of equal quality that a foreign made equivelent. Unfortunately it's increasingly difficult to find reasonably priced good quality USA made products. A lot of what's made here today, ashamed to say, is actually junk. The few high quality products that are made here are way overpriced IMO. There's only a handful of strong American companies still turning out good quality products and selling them at reasonable prices, companies like Maglite, Leupold, Savage Arms, etc, come to mind.

Again it all depends on the product. For example I will not compromise on hand tools, all the ones I buy and own have to be made here in the USA by a reputable American company, no exception. Hunting knives and cutlery I require that mine be made here. My hunting footwear have to be USA made. In firearms I always try to buy USA. I will pay a bit more for USA made hunting clothing if it existed and the quality is equivelent or better to what is imported today

If people today will pay $30 for a simple overpriced t-shirt with The North Face brand plastered on it, inspite of it being made in Bangledesh, then why wouldn't anyone pay that for the American equivelent.

One thing Americans today tend to forget or not realize is that at one time not very long ago many products manufactured in this country by Americans were top notch in quality, among the most respected anywhere, the envy of the rest of the world. I'm talking about things like tools, scientific instruments, watches, clocks, precision instruments, clothing, pens, automobiles, radios, optics, firearms, cutlery, glassware, silverware, jewelery, luggage, musical instruments, etc. There was a time when a whole lot of Americans knew how to make this stuff and took a lot of pride in their work. I think one generation too many have passed since a lot of those industries either died here or were shipped overseas, we wouldn't be able to start up full speed if those jobs and industries were brought back to our shores. It would take some time. The problem today is that most middle class Americans think they are above those types of jobs. I'm always happy though to see products that are made here in our great country.

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I'm like most Americans who like to pay less for more. When it comes to firearms I buy American with the exception of a candaian and german pistol. All my rifle are American made.

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I'm as patriotic as anyone else, but I won't buy garbage just because it says "Made in the USA." Maybe I'm just patriotic enough that I see shoddy workmanship as a disservice to the country -- it still has to be good or I don't buy it.

This is especially true with outdoor gear that my life may depend on. I was proud to buy my American-made Wiggy's bag, for example, but the American-made aspect was just icing on the cake. What made the sale was that it's light, stuffs well without losing loft, still insulates when wet, and was affordable.

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