A Sumter County entrepreneur has launched a new website in the hopes of educating Americans on the importance of buying American for our economy.
"Be American, buy American" is the thrust behind MadeInTheUSA.com, launched July 4 by Don Buckner.
According to MoodyEconomy.com, if every American spent another $3.33 a year on American-made goods, we would help create another 10,000 jobs.
Buckner is hoping MadeInTheUSA.com will help America's economy rebound.
"I started seeing the jobs going away, and I said, 'What can I do to help?' I went online and was looking for an American-made product, but I just couldn't find any," Buckner said.
So, he purchased the domain MadeInTheUsa.com.
He won't tell us how much it cost, but "when you're investing in America, you can't put a price on it," he said.
Buckner is hoping this website is a launching point to educate consumers on why buying American is worth it -- even if it cost a little more, which Don admits is sometimes the case because environmental regulations, taxes and higher wages.
They're all good tradeoffs for a few pennies more, Buckner says.
"If we don't continue to spend American dollars on American products, there's not going to be any American jobs. So ultimately, the American way of life would go away," he said.
What if a consumer is penny-pinching and wants to save 25 cents?
"When you spend a dollar on an American manufacturer, they pay their employees, their vendors. And sometimes the money ends up back in your hands," Buckner says.
That's what Buckner calls "circle economics."
So now, consumers can go to MadeInTheUSA.com and choose from the inventory of Amazon stock that's "Made in America."
What can a consumer do after that?
"We're working on that answer. We want to be the whole solution," Buckner says.
Buckner also admits he cannot personally guarantee all the products are 100 percent made in America. But, he says the website is a great place to begin. He plans to evolve and upgrade the website over time.
"This is just the beginning," Buckner says.