The Ethics of Saving Money

by Spend on America Editor on July 4, 2013

A lot of people can’t be bothered buying American Made Products if they see a less expensive competing product. They reason that their first responsibility is to themselves: to save as much of their money as they can. But is this fair? Is it right? No.

Ignore for a moment the fact that American Made Goods are of generally superior quality. I’d like to talk about the ethical implications of buying the much cheaper product that comes from the 3rd world. It’s important to realize where your savings come from when you make a decision like this. The answer is simple. Instead of contributing towards a fellow American making a fair wage for a honest day’s work, you’re saving money with the foreign goods by cutting those labor costs. Would you feel good about your savings, knowing that they are the result of someone toiling day and night in unsafe conditions to make less than a dollar an hour? Can you enjoy savings that come from lax safety standards and the abuse and subjugation of people much poorer than yourself? These are the risks you take when you decide to cut corners and pass by the “Made in America” stamp for something cheaper.

Conversely, if you buy the goods from the USA, you can feel good about how they were made. We have workplace safety standards, we have minimum wage, and we have labor laws that protect the working men and women of this country. Paying a little more for these things is something that any American should gladly do.

You could also save a little money if you bought something that you knew was stolen out of the back of someone’s truck. I think most of us know that would be wrong. At the end of the day, we have to believe that we’re good people. We have to know that we did the right thing, even if it wasn’t the least expensive thing! Don’t be afraid to Spend on America.

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