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Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 1, 2013


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Uniquely American Christmas ideas from the USA Shop!

By Roger Simmermaker

December 1, 2013

If you haven’t visited the USA Shop link on the ‘How Americans Can Buy American’ website lately, you might be in for a pleasant surprise if you’re looking for exclusive American-made goods that are often found nowhere else.

Since the www.howtobuyamerican.com website wasn’t originally set up as a full-fledged e-commerce site, I usually only add what I think are unique products that are hard to find in the American-made variety.

For example, check out the new Striker Rescue Knives which are engraved with ‘Buy American’ right on the handle. Striker Rescue knives (union-made in Oregon) were originally produced for police, military, and emergency personnel, and have power-assisted tantalum blades that comes out in 1/10 of a second. They’re cut from one piece of high density carbon steel and then carbon coated. On one side is a seat belt cutter made of M360 steel used for surgical instruments. On the bottom is a diamond hammer to shatter glass. And all of this comes with a deluxe gift case with the Striker Logo. ($49.95).

I still have a good stock of the Reno Navarro sunglasses (made in Reno, Nevada) that feature ‘Buy American’ right on the lens. You’ll not only be able to show off a quality pair of American-made sunglasses, but everyone will know about your dedication to the Buy American cause from the custom engraving. Priced at $59.95 (attached are the original $185.00 price tags), they feature true optical quality HD lenses, are UV 400 rated, and come with a hard shell leather case and micro satin cloth and bag.

Also in the USA Shop, I have begun to carry quality insoles from ENER-GEL, which is a company that was recently dropped from Walmart after 18 years, leaving the proud and small family business with an uncertain future. Despite Walmart’s recent ‘patriotic pledge’ to stock their shelves with an additional $50 billion of American-made merchandise, the huge retailer still seems bent on canning American-made companies that make things in the USA like ENER-GEL in favor of companies that import all of their goods from China like Dr. Scholl’s.

And of course you’ll find the best selection of books on Buying American anywhere in the USA Shop. Along with popular titles authored by yours truly like How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism ($18.95) and the award-winning My Company ‘Tis of Thee: 50 Patriotic American Companies American Consumers Should Know About ($12.95), I’ve recently added new titles from other authors.

From Joel Joseph of the Made in USA Foundation, you’ll find three separate ‘All American’ guides to help you whether you’re shopping for the holidays, or simply looking for American-made products to be used around the office or at school. The All American Holiday Buyers Guide, All American Office Products Guide, and All American Back to School Guide are priced at just $9.95 each.

Other books include Free Trade Doesn’t Work: What Should Replace it and Why by Ian Fletcher ($19.95), Re-Made in the USA: How We Can Restore Jobs, Retool Manufacturing, and Compete With the World by Todd Lipscomb ($19.95), and Made Here, Baby by Bruce H. Wolk ($14.95). And, if you order any of these three books, you can get a special deal on How Americans Can Buy American if you include it in the same order (for as little as $5.00 extra).

Plus you’ll find Buy American-themed shirts, bumper stickers, and magnetic stickers that you definitely won’t find anywhere else.

So I hope you’ll visit the USA Shop whether you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind American-made Christmas idea or you’re looking for a book on Buying American as a gift for someone who needs to be made aware of why it’s important.

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6 Responses to “Buy American”

  1. Anonymous said

    Alternative links:

    http://www.iwannawatch.co/2013/11/death-by-china-2012/

    About the Film:
    From best-selling author and filmmaker, Peter Navarro, comes DEATH BY CHINA, a documentary feature that pointedly confronts the most urgent problem facing America today – its increasingly destructive economic trade relationship with a rapidly rising China. Since China began flooding U.S. markets with illegally subsidized products in 2001, over 50,000 American factories have disappeared, more than 25 million Americans can’t find a decent job, and America now owes more than 3 trillion dollars to the world’s largest totalitarian nation. Through compelling interviews with voices across the political spectrum, DEATH BY CHINA exposes that the U.S.-China relationship is broken and must be fixed if the world is going to be a place of peace and prosperity.

    http://deathbychina.com/

  2. Anonymous said

    EU Imposes Tariffs on Chinese Solar-Glass Exporters Up to 42.1%

    The European Union imposed tariffs of as much as 42.1 percent on solar glass from China to curb import competition for EU producers, heightening trade tensions over renewable energy.

    The duties punish Chinese exporters such as Zhejiang Jiafu Glass Co. and Xinyi PV Products (Anhui) Holdings Ltd. for allegedly selling glass in the EU below cost, a practice known as dumping. The glass is used in solar panels, which are themselves the focus of two European trade probes affecting China.

    EU producers suffered “material injury” as a result of dumped imports from China, the European Commission, the 28-nation EU’s trade authority in Brussels, said yesterday in the Official Journal. The levies, which took effect today, are for six months and may be prolonged for five years.

    More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-27/eu-hits-chinese-solar-glass-exporters-with-tariffs-up-to-42-1-.html

  3. Anonymous said

    EU imposes anti-dumping measures on some Chinese solar panels

    Brussels: The European Union will on Friday begin imposing anti-dumping measures on some Chinese solar panels whose manufacturers rejected an amicable settlement.

    The two-year measures will enter into force on Friday December 6, said the EU Commission, and will apply to those panels produced by Chinese manufacturers who rejected a deal to diffuse a brewing trade war.

    The Commission said in a statement that “the final anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duty rates will apply only to those exports from China which do not meet the conditions set out in the undertaking.”

    China and the EU reached in July an amicable settlement under which Chinese exporters agreed to a minimum price to provide a floor to the market up to a certain threshold of imports, after which anti-dumping tariffs apply.

    Inexpensive Chinese-made solar panels have flooded the European market in recent years, sparking complaints from European manufacturers.

    This triggered the EU’s biggest-ever trade probe covering a market worth some 21 billion euros (USD 28.5 billion) initially, although this has since fallen dramatically due to overcapacity and tumbling demand.

    http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/eu-imposes-anti-dumping-measures-on-some-chinese-solar-panels_893837.html

  4. Anonymous said

    Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – A Global Call to Action is a 2011 non-fiction book by economics professor Peter Navarro and Greg Autry that chronicles, “From currency manipulation and abusive trade policies, to slave labor and deadly consumer products”,the alleged threats to global economic stability and world peace posed by China’s “corrupt and ruthless” governing Communist Party.

    Alternative links:

    http://www.iwannawatch.co/2013/11/death-by-china-2012/

    About the Film:
    From best-selling author and filmmaker, Peter Navarro, comes DEATH BY CHINA, a documentary feature that pointedly confronts the most urgent problem facing America today – its increasingly destructive economic trade relationship with a rapidly rising China. Since China began flooding U.S. markets with illegally subsidized products in 2001, over 50,000 American factories have disappeared, more than 25 million Americans can’t find a decent job, and America now owes more than 3 trillion dollars to the world’s largest totalitarian nation. Through compelling interviews with voices across the political spectrum, DEATH BY CHINA exposes that the U.S.-China relationship is broken and must be fixed if the world is going to be a place of peace and prosperity.

    http://deathbychina.com/

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