Checking Wal-Mart's Shelves for American-made goods, Part 4

Posted by scapozzola on 05/18/2011

ManufactureThis has been looking at Wal-Mart stores for the past week, checking to see if the retail chain is indeed living up to its claim of selling mostly Made in USA goods

The New York Times reports that an increase in grocery sales has failed to revive merchandise sales at retail chains:

while [consumers] are spending more on food at Wal-Mart than they did a year ago, they are buying less in most other categories.

Wal-Mart may claim greater sales of Made-in-USA products, but it's only because people are buying little other than food in such a tight economy.

Continuing with our daily investigation, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Field Coordinator Dan Lawson decided to check on the various sections of his local Wal-Mart in Salem, New Hampshire.

He took an interesting approach and asked his wife to make up a potential shopping list of groceries and household items.  He then walked into a Wal-Mart for the "first time in 17 years" to check where each item was made/grown.

What he found runs counter to some of Wal-Mart's claims that food and household goods are mostly sourced from the U.S.

GROCERIES

Apples, all from the USA
Green Peppers, Mexico
Iceberg Lettuce, United Arab Emirates
Grapes, Chile
McCormick Garlic Powder, China
Pringles potato snacks, Mexico

HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND APPLIANCES

Napkins, Wal-mart brand ,USA
Wisk laundry detergent, USA
Clorox Bleach, USA
Paper Shredder, China
Avery Labels all, Mexico
Dell Computers, Mexico and China
HP Computers, China
Steam Iron, eight models from $9.00  to $49.98, all made in China
Microwaves, nine models, China and Malaysia
Rubbermaid Storage bins, USA
Igloo Ice Chest, USA
Clock Radio, five models all from China
Paula Deen Cookware, Indonesia and China
Jack Lalanne Power Juicer, China

HOMEWARE

All bed sheets, India
Bed Pillows, China (some were outer shell made in China and filled in USA)
Memory foam bed topper, USA
All Blankets, China
16 assorted table lamps, China

SHOES

Men’s rubber muck boots, China
Dr. Scholl’s men’s dress shoes, China
Ozark Trail Boots, China
Faded Glory shoes (Wal-mart brand), China

CLOTHING

N.F.L. Licensed New England Patriot’s shirt, Nicaragua
M.L.B. Licensed Red Sox’s boys pajama set , China
N.F.L. Licensed Tom Brady Jersey, Guatemala
NASCAR Licensed Logo, and Driver shirts, Mexico
Wrangler Jeans, Mexico
Rustler Jeans, Mexico
Faded Glory Jeans, China

ASSORTED

Turtle wax car products, USA  waxes, cleaners, polishes
Baby Medicine Dispenser, China
Infant Nasal aspirator, China
Playtex Binky, China
Casco child car seat, USA
Graco Child car seat, China

Dan says he finds it ironic that most car products are made in the U.S., but products for infants are made mostly in China. 

So there you go-- a lengthy inventory of one Wal-Mart store.  Great work, Dan. 

7 comments

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Made in america

If.....IF "WE" stop buying products,made outside of the united states,our money will stay here!!! Also,our jobs will return!!!Please people look around!!!! Buy AMERICAN!!!!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Made in USA

Joann's Fabrics carries some very nice paper fingertip towels , and other holiday paperware made in Clintonville, Wisconsin. I hate to send my family in Ireland gifts made in China . Along with some guest soaps made here in Michigan I have a light ship weight gift for my cousin.Look at these products & let Joann's know you appreciate USA made.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Made in USA

If all americans would read the label and demand american made products, maybe our economy would be in a better place for all. My son doesn't read labels and gave me a "high end" product as a gift. Coach purse for $350.00 is made in China. What?! That much money and its still made in China!!! He thought the price reflected where is was made. He reads labels NOW!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

made in usa

Our economy will fix itself if all americans would DEMAND more american made products! We should all start to read labels and ask/demand for american made products. I was recently given a "high end" item by my son. He doesn't check for labels. What a suprise!! A $350.00 Coach purse is made in China. He took for granted that the price reflected were is was made. He reads labels NOW!!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Walmart

Has Macy's had an issue with treating their employees like garbage?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Car Seat

Did the author mean Cosco car seats? I can't find Casco car seats.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Walmart made in USA products

Walmart sells Pyrex measuring cups and storage containers, Anchor Hocking glassware, Sterilite plastic storage containers, Mainstays scented candles and room sprays, music CDs and movie DVDs and - All Made in USA.

Ever try to find clothes at Macys that is made in USA?

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