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Made in USA – Blog

With the holiday shopping season upon us we thought we would take the time to re-post Scotto’s blog about supporting US made products. Purchasing locally made products sold in locally run shops could be the best way to help our economy – and it feels good too!


Tom, Jeff, Scotto. We are the heart and soul of Team Clavey. But we’re not just retailers. We’re also consumers. Just like everyone else on the planet. And that’s one of the reasons its so disheartening for us to see just how difficult it is to buy Made in USA. When I’m out shopping for my wife, my friends and family, or even just myself, the first tag I look at is the manufacturer’s label. Where was this product made? And then I look at the price. And yes there’re plenty of products made in the U.S. I can’t afford. But guess what? There are plenty of products made in China I can’t afford either. I walk around everyday in a pair of New Balance trail runners built in the USA from US components. New Balance is the last manufacturer to build athletic shoes here in the United States. So that’s what I buy. Would I buy them if they were crap? No. But fortunately for me I don’t have to think too much about it. The Chinese shoes are no better and most of them even cost more. That’s a no-brainer.

Outside of my personal purchases, I’m also the major buyer for Clavey. Ask any manufacturer’s rep that I deal with and they’ll all tell you the some thing: the first question out of my mouth is always, “where is it made?” If it’s not made in the USA and I can get something comparable that is, the conversation has ended. Rafts, kayaks, paddles, oars, drysuits, spray skirts, insulation, kitchen gear, you name it, if I can get all these built by American workers, earning an American paycheck and contributing to the American economy, why would I buy anything else? I wouldn’t.

And yeah, we sell a lot of paddling gear over the internet. We’d be out of business if we didn’t. But if you’ve got a local paddle shop down the street, that’s where you should buy first. When you buy from your neighborhood retailer, 68 cents out of every dollar you spend stays in your local community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. But hey, I’m not your conscious. Go on the internet and get the absolute lowest price you can find, with no sales tax because you bought it out of state and free shipping. But I don’t want to hear you tell me about how bad things are where you live when you’re not even doing the easiest thing you can do to make a difference.

So, if on November 6th you punched your ballot based on the economy I’ve got great news for you. It doesn’t matter who’s in the white house, who’s in congress, or who’s running the Fed. Because here in the United States of America, if you vote based on economic policy, you get to vote every single day of the year…with your wallet.

Buy American and buy local. It matters.

All of our USA made products are clearly marked with “MADE IN USA” in red on individual product pages.

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