Nothing says “Remember the Alamo” quite like MADE IN CHINA junk….
If you plan to visit the famous Alamo in San Antonio, TX, which is considered the “most popular tourist site in Texas," you can take home a piece of American history from their gift store that’s …Made in China?
That’s right. According to a field report from Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) staff, almost the all of the goods sold at the Alamo gift store are made in China.
We think that it’s absolutely inexcusable for a historic American landmark like the Alamo to sell so many items made outside the U.S.—and apparently we’re not alone. According to our staff, the clerk at the gift shop told them that she’d been hearing “more complaints than ever before” from customers seeking American-made souvenirs.
We’ve blogged before about how some gift shops in National Parks offer very few American-made souvenirs, and how even the Smithsonian Muesum gift shops in DC are selling trinkets commemorating national landmarks like the Washington monument that come with a MADE IN CHINA stamp. The news from the Alamo gift shop is just the latest example of an American landmark trying to pawn off Chinese-made junk to tourists looking for items that commemorate important apects of our history.
Next time you visit a historic site in the U.S., take a look at where the items in the gift shop are made. If they don't say MADE IN USA, move along—and make sure the store staff are aware of your decision to boycott fake Americana.
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