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Where a Product Is Made Shouldn’t Matter

by Jonathan Clark

The national origin of a product can influence a consumer’s purchase decisions. Whether for price or quality, people will always buy foreign goods in any economy.

When the average person hears that a product was made overseas, they normally think of China. This view is biased, of course, since people tend to think of cheap electronics and disposable products. China makes several quality products, but more attention is given to the ones that are subpar.

Sophomore Jonathan Rushbrook commented, “ Presumably, higher quality would be found in developed nations such as those found in Europe, as opposed to East Asian countries.”

For senior Jeff Early, origin of a product is important. Early said, “Steel, for instance, is often under loose regulation in less developed nations”, but he added, “Though some countries lack in one product, they are better in others. Chinese steel might not be that good, but they still lead the silk industry.” Sophomore Susanna Chen opined, “Yes. It (national origin) influences quality and price.” Senior Nikki Kehl had similar views, saying, “Certain things are better from certain countries. Countries known for making certain products are usually better at making them.”

Other individuals don’t consider origin of manufacture an issue. Junior Dylan Cook answered, “As long as equipment and manufacturing processes are similar, it shouldn’t be an issue.” Members of the military community, whose lives literally depend on their equipment, were impartial. When Private Jones, who was in the WHS cafeteria recruiting, was asked, she said, “It doesn’t really matter.”

Opinions regarding the importance of product origin were mixed, but they generally all agreed that it wasn’t the most pressing issue in our lives. Based on the interviewees’ responses, it seems the general public values quality over stereotypes.

While American-made products will always be important, consumers shouldn’t discriminate against foreign goods. If shoppers truly care about what they’re buying, they should evaluate the product itself without being influenced by prejudice. Choosing not to buy products based on where they’re made is ignorant, and it is an insult to American ideas of diversity and acceptance.