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I was speaking with a potential company today to market my invention. I take pride in saying my product is made in the USA. He told me he takes 4 trips a year to China and he could cut my production cost in half with his connections. He also explained most box stores won't purchase American made products for the most part because their profit margins are so much better from outside US manufacturing.

When are we as a Country going to realize our greed is our biggest down fall as Americans? My product may or may not ever become a household name, that remains to be seen but as long as I'm the owner of my product "Sprinkler Buddy" it will be made in the USA, even if that means not getting it in the Big Box Stores which is my dream.

I have been told this similar story a few times during this venture by others as well. I am beginning to think I am doomed to fail because I have chosen to manufacture my invention here in the US.

It really rubs me the wrong way that things work or DON"T WORK as they should. How did we as Americans ever decide to sell America bit by bit to over seas manufactures when we have always had the technology to do things in our own back yard and make a descent living doing so?

Greed! Greed! Greed! Don't worry my product will be knocked off and sold in the BIG BOX Stores for sure when my Patent expires in Twenty years. lol

I'm not really laughing, just venting a little.
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I understand your plite. I completely agree with you. I hope know one steals it before then. You can't renew the patent before it expires? At any rate I would try to market it to other locations and promote it online anywhere and everywhere you can. Once word gets out that it is an amazing product re-pitch it to the companies in your dream entails... Good LUCK!!!!
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Just do what makes you more money.


You can have pride for your country, but get what you deserve first - then make a difference. It doesn't matter where it's made, it's what happens after.


Sprinkler Buddy is actually an awesome creation - seriously! I would expect to see them sold in every store in town.



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It doesn't matter where it's made, it's what happens after.


This is why the economy is in shambles, you export your production, you export your workers, how does one then sustain their economy?
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This is why the economy is in shambles, you export your production, you export your workers, how does one then sustain their economy?

I couldn't agree with you more! I have tried to do my part by keeping my Sprinkler Buddy here in my homeland. It's funny how it often takes an outsider to see what is in plain sight. Thanks for adding your thoughts Andy.

One could easily imagine how prosperous our nation would have been if we had stayed home and not outsourced our manufacturing to make a few dollars for a select few. Instead of just a few profiting, our nation would have been as a whole.

Retail sale price could have remained the same by US manufacturing, it's the profit margin that would have been effected. Too many business owners and between guys want it all Now $$ regardless of the long term effects. That in my opinion is what certainly helped put us as a nation where we are at today. Greed! Greed! Greed!

Where does it end, is any-ones guess?

I feel it has to start with manufactures like myself. We have to consider what is best for our Country and not only what benefits ourselves the quickest way possible. I know many would argue this way of thinking as a business man but none can argue the fact of our weak economy despite being the super power of the world.

"The Bigger They are The Harder They Fall"

As an American, I believe we can stop this downward spiral if we could only control our Greed!! Is that even possible??? That is the real question here!!
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This is why the economy is in shambles, you export your production, you export your workers, how does one then sustain their economy?

The economy situation is irreversible. It's a shame, I've got no real answer.

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As an American, I believe we can stop this downward spiral if we could only control our Greed!! Is that even possible??? That is the real question here!!
I'm sure it could be solved, I just think the only solution seems rather scary. People wont change unless they are forced. Take away the freedom of people for a better America - that's not gonna work over too well. Sucks.
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When are we as a Country going to realize our greed is our biggest down fall as Americans? My product may or may not ever become a household name, that remains to be seen but as long as I'm the owner of my product "Sprinkler Buddy" it will be made in the USA, even if that means not getting it in the Big Box Stores which is my dream.
Ok, say you had it manufactured in another country? And you were able to get it done for a price you wanted to get it done at.

What about the people that are going to be shipping it locally?
What about the people that are going to be providing the customer support locally?
What about the sales people that will be local?
What about the marketing people that will be local?

Isn't the manufacturing a small part of a big piece of the puzzle?

If you could generate many jobs because you got your business to the point you wanted it to be, would there really be harm? Especially if you created jobs here to get it into the hands of the consumer?
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The economy situation is irreversible. It's a shame, I've got no real answer.

I disagree, Americans have lost sight of the American dream, they were as an outsider looking in sold a wrong bill of goods, for years the economy has been living on borrowed money, the numbers are staggering.

Small business is the foundation to a strong economy, some become med size, others large.

The USA economy is a clear picture of what happens when you outsource your foundation.

Manufacturing is is critical and is the big part, manufacture at home, buy the supplies at home, service at home, the economy will support itself.

I fear the only way to correct this is a market crash and it is not going to be pretty.
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Manufacturing and packaging are by far the biggest expense no matter where you have it done. That is where the majority of jobs are created where ever one decides to manufacture their products.

Usually products are shipped directly to the distributor from the manufacture when it's a small to mid size business and often even a large business. If it's being made across the pond, most all jobs are on the other side of the pond as well, and a good portion of the $$ remains there as well.

Many manufactures may not want to believe that because that makes them part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Greed is a hard demon to conquer when it means taking money out of your own pocket or should I say settling for a little less but benefiting your own country in doing so.

Me, Me, Me mentality, kills us all long term in my opinion.
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