On a Buy American Quiz

I recently had a conversation with a person promoting the importance of Buy American. Being the economic world is much different today than in yesteryear, I couldn’t resist the challenge.

After telling him I understood his convictions, I challenged him to practice in his daily life what he preaches. For instance he had to refrain from purchasing foreign products in his life, including the grocery store. As our discussion continued, the following became evident to me about his promotion:

  • American-owned (but made outside the U.S.) is more important than foreign-owned made in the U.S
  • He doesn’t buy products made in China
  • Any final decision is a matter of convenience to him

Although I don’t agree with his point, but in the spirit of this topic, here are two choice-based questions to test your knowledge. Answers are below the image.

Question 1: Which of the following are U.S-based/owned companies?
Anheuser Busch, Bridgestone (tires), GlaxoSmithKline (drugs), Holiday Inn, LG, Luxottica (eyewear), Motorola, Nestle, Phillips (electronics), Red Roof Inn, Shell (gas),

Question 2: Given the following brands commonly found in a grocery store, identify the U.S. based/owned.
Baby Ruth, Bayer, Canada Dry, Clorox, Carnation, Corona (beer), Dove (soap), Edy’s (ice cream), Heilmann’s, Libby, Jergen’s (lotion), Lipton, Lysol, Q-Tips, Ragu, Ray Ban, Stouffer’s, Vaseline

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Question 1: Which of the following are U.S-based/owned companies? Only the one underlined.
Anheuser Busch, BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, GlaxoSmithKline (drugs), Holiday Inn, LG, Luxottica (eyewear), Nokia, Motorola, Nestle, Phillips (electronics), Red Roof Inn, Shell (gas), Sony

Question 2: Given the following brands commonly found in a grocery store, identify the U.S. based/owned. Only the three underlined.
Baby Ruth, Bayer, Canada Dry, Clorox, Carnation, Corona (beer), Dove (soap), Edy’s (ice cream), Heilmann’s, Libby, Jergen’s (lotion), Lipton, Lysol, Monster Energy (drink), Q-Tips, Ragu, Ray Ban, Stouffer’s, Vaseline

Image from World-Atlas.us

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9 thoughts on “On a Buy American Quiz

  1. Interesting. It is almost impossible to Buy US owned products only, I wish there was an easy answer to have American Owned, Operated and Made in the USA Products,
    Anyone have a suggestion?

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    • Larry,
      In the conversation course of the conversation, I focused on the nature of a world economy, thus a reason why it is difficult to know who owns every product. In terms of the person stating this position, I simply challenged him to step up to the plate and practice what you preach … if not, then don’t preach.

      On the other hand, in a world economy, is really important to know who owns what?

      Thanks for the comment!

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  2. If the point is American jobs, then it is certainly more important to buy a Camry than it is a Chevy made in Canada. If the point is to keep hard currency in the US, then it is more important to buy a product owned by an American company that is manufactured elsewhere.

    I have no real answers for you. I bought a GM Truck built in Ohio thats a piece of crap. I bought a Japanese car built in Japan that’s a marvelous car. Perhaps the answer lies in producing quality products and letting the market figure out the winner?

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    • Mo,
      In terms of the person with whom I had the conversation, he made it real clear that he prefers a US-owned product made elsewhere over a foreign-owned product made in the US … so to him, it’s more about the location of the profit than the nature of jobs … again, that was his point, not mine … then again, that is why I challenged to practice his opinion at the grocery store too!

      But I also know that this person also justifies his actions as a matter of his convenience. Let’s see … he owned Toyotas for
      many years, swearing by them, but now calling it the worst car he ever owned. I also know he promotes buying tires from Costco. FYI: Costco handles two brands – both foreign owned. I believe he uses Verizon (which at least 40% foreign owned), but I didn’t check his cell phone brand. So you can see why I issued the challenge to him.

      Mo … good hearing from you.

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  3. Frank – all I know is that we need more jobs in the US and if we started manufacturing things here it would solve that problem.

    A few months ago I went to the store with a friend to purchase a baby’s crib. We made a pledge to ourselves that we would purchase a crib made in the USA. The store did not even have ONE crib made in the USA. Not even one. We didn’t want to purchase a baby crib from China so after searching through the many cribs they carry, we found ONE made in Vietnam and it cost us 30% more to purchase.

    As for grocery products, so many are made elsewhere but ‘distributed’ by divisions of American companies.
    More American products please!

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    • Paulette,
      There’s no doubt that so much is made off-site, and that includes many US companies … so yes, stuff (at times) will be hard to find.

      If that person I talked to was looking for a crib, obviously a non-US-made crib is acceptable for him to live up to what he is saying.

      Of course I would love to go through his pantry & cabinet to see what he’s buying.

      As always, good thoughts. Thanks for your input.

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