I personally have nothing against China. I have backpacked there, I love the country, culture and food. And the people are amazing. But if you buy leggings or tshirts on eBay for 2 dollars… surely you have to wonder why. Then after 3 or 4 weeks waiting for them to arrive, you find out why it’s so cheap… the quality is terrible. And you just paid money to throw clothing in the trash.
I’m not saying every single time I have bought from China, that all goods are rubbish. I have purchased a lot of electronic shipped from Hong Hong and it comes out cheaper than buying from my base country. But with clothing, it’s pretty much guaranteed not to look like it does on the picture.
One of the major problems is sweatshops
Everyone knows about sweatshops, and very likely something you own that sits in your closet was made by a child or an adult making sweatshop wages. But when buying for a department store, you really don’t know where it was made.
Problem with quality
If buying online from China or another foreign country… often the quality and the way the item looks is never the way it looks on the picture. There is also a problem with sizing. A small in China is an XXS in the USA.
So is made in USA important?
In the USA, you rarely see “made in the USA” much anymore. We have sold our souls to cheap China goods, but at a cost. We’re loosing jobs in the USA. So I can go to an outlet mall, but a “made in China” outfit. But does it last? Will it see past a year. Is the thread count a good count or is it thin and frail. Will it last past 10 washes? If you pay 20 dollars for a tshirt… and you love this tshirt. Don’t you want it for longer than 6 months? I personally prefer hand quality hand crafted goods.
Squeaky Chimp is all about “Made in the USA”
All of our products are printed in the USA. Most of our tshirts are printed on American Apparel tshirts which are also made in the USA. We do offer Anvil Scoopneck tshirts which are manufactured in Central America, but printed in the USA. I personally choose the scoopneck women’s tshirts because I loved the way it fits. But everything else is USA manufactured and printed.