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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Chinese Boycott Update 1

This pic is the outcome of my shopping the past few days - including some new items I picked up off ebay...

Can you pic the "made in China" items? Honestly, this is harder than I anticipated - not only for the quantity of items made there, but also for the remembering to check before I buy. Yeah, guilty... Anyway...

1. Converse athletic shoes. Purchased at Kohls. Made in China. Discovered this tidbit before I actually bought them and considered "re-shopping",finally resigning myself to the idea that all the shoes were probably made in China... and Josh REALLY wanted them - what's a mom to do? Bought the shoes. Will try harder next time to check that before the children become too attached.

2. Sun hat for Reagan. Also made in China. I am blessed to have a daughter who refused to wear the hat. Will be returning the item to Target tomorrow...

3. Pink gift bag. Sigh. Made in China. This will also be returned to Target tomorrow. It was bought to hold a birthday gift this afternoon. I ended up using a different bag...

That's it. The remaining items were made in the USA, Guatelmala, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Pakistan. Interestingly enough, almost all the socks were made in the US...

Semi-success? 80% if the items I purchased were NOT made in China... and two-thirds of the Chinese-made items are being returned to the store. I feel pretty good about that...

While I have other issues with the sweat shops and such in the 3rd world countries, that is not my focus at this time - maybe later, but right now I am just trying to survive and find enough "non-China" items such that my family doesn't have to go naked and hungry...

5 comments:

Laura said...

Interesting! While it's definitely frustrating that so many things turn out as "Made in China", it's also nice to know that not everything is. That reminds me that I should take a look at the stuff I picked up at Target yesterday and see how I fared on this front!

Corey~living and loving said...

What a great effort. It really saddens me that the USA doesn't make enough of our own products. It surely makes dependent on other countries. ugh
Thanks for sharing.

Lori- Fairytales & Margaritas said...

Very interesting. I think the hardest thing will be toys. And electronics. I hear that Germany makes some cool toys but they are super expensive.

Mary Ellen said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of a boycott. Like a lot of people I've felt guilty for purchasing items made by people who are forced to work in awful conditions. The toxicity issue is icing on the cake. Does merchandise purchased at thrift shops count?

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