Made in the USA vs elsewhere: some thoughts
I have been meaning to write about this for a while and share some of my thoughts for what it is worth. It is something that has been bothering me for a while, and I thought I should write in about it.
All of us here on the Forum often bring up the fact that TB bags are made in the USA, and sometimes, not always, that has come to imply that it therefore means it is automatically superior in build quality, materials, and in labor conditions. I humbly disagree. Not all things made in the US are as finely made as TB bags or Waterfield for that matter; nor do all companies run their outfits with the kind of labor conditions that we see at TB.
The inverse is also true: not all things made outside of the US automatically suspect. Yes: there are sweatshops in India and Cambodia, but they are here in Texas and California and Detroit. There are excellent products made overseas that are made with integrity, and where folks are paid their due share. I know of several in India and I can only talk about those.
While I can agree that the outsourcing has caused a lot of heartache and problems here, the actual truth is vastly more complex and inter-connected than simply that many of our consumer products are now made overseas. I wish it were that simple to explain the imbalances in our economies.
I buy TB products cos they are extremely well made, cos of the materials they use, the great designs, and yes: cos they seem to have excellent working conditions. I would buy from them if they lived in Cambodia and I knew they had the same conditions as here--we just have no way to evaluate!
Just my two cents; thank you for reading!