Made Collection isn’t just another flash-sale shopping site. It’s the world’s first members-only storefront devoted to premium American-made products. Founded by a marketing agency based in Boulder, CO, Made throws open its virtual doors as a nation prepares to toast its independence from a foreign power. Two centuries on, a patriot’s duty is far less tricky. “More than 5.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs have been lost or outsourced since 2001,” the company says. “Yet if the average American spent 1 percent more on American-made goods and services, it would create 200,000 new jobs.”
MADE IN AMERICA
More than a celebration of America’s birth, Made’s well-timed launch also salutes the resurgence of American manufacturing. By promoting a roster of domestically manufactured goods at discounted prices—an NYC-crafted bow tie, perhaps? Or an old-fashioned ice-cream scoop from Ohio?—Made aims to bolster the U.S. economy while appealing to the inner bargain hunter inside all of us.
When you buy something made in America, a bunch of good stuff happens, according to Made’s founders.
Each product page includes details such as the location of the vendor and its suppliers, as well as the number of workers your purchase will support. Made also keeps a running tally that quantifies your economic impact. All items are associated with a certain number of “Boom points,” which you can accrue for future access to exclusive discounts.
When you buy something made in America, a bunch of good stuff happens, says Made’s founders. Besides supporting existing American jobs and potentially creating new ones, the money you spend also fuels other parts of the U.S. economy. (Every $1 you spend on a Stateside product supports $1.40 in output from other sectors of the economy, according to the Manufacturing Institute.) Plus, it makes the planet happier, since whatever you buy not only conforms to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, but it also doesn’t have to travel across vast oceans and continents.
But the most important reason you should buy American? “It’s the best stuff out there,” the company adds.