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I recently purchased Park Smart Wall Guards to protect my garage walls from door dings.  I was noticing a linear depression forming where the surface of the drywall was starting to be eaten away from car door impacts.  I looked on Amazon and found Auto Care Products, of San Diego, CA.  The wall protectors were about $11 each and a competitor product made in China was about $9 but shipping was extra, so it wouldn’t have been cheaper with the free shipping from Auto Care Products.

Of course the competitor product didn’t state that it was made in USA.  It seems fairly safe to assume that if it doesn’t say so, it’s not made in USA.  However, I have been surprised sometimes.  I actually just ordered an elliptical trainer cover from an obscure site without country of origin info, but they told me on the phone that it was made in USA!

Keep buying American!

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Please see http://beta.news.yahoo.com/home-depot-accused-violating-buy-american-act-153134139.htmlhttp://beta.news.yahoo.com/home-depot-accused-violating-buy-american-act-153134139.html for the original news story.  Wouldn’t you be pissed off to know that  your tax dollars are buying Chinese products to supply government contracts?  Well I certainly am.  Fortunately, a 1933 law protects US tax dollars from being used to buy foreign products (at least to some extent).  Whisteblowers can file lawsuits on behalf of the government to take Home Depot and other such cynical “race to the bottom price” retailers and contractors to task for such behavior.  I can’t stand Home Depot for their lack of promotion of American products and often the complete lack of such products.  (Try buying a made in USA ratchet set at Home Depot!)

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Maybe it is just me, but I am SO sick of Crocs.  These unattractive shoes are everywhere (a kiosk in the mall, really?) and are way overpriced for being a plastic shoe made overseas.  For a long time I have wished that there was another option for a waterproof, comfortable shoe that is Made in the USA.  Needless to say i was thrilled when i came across Oka B sandals.

A light, plastic shoe with great style, Oka B shoes are a slice of heaven.  I am very impressed with the variety of styles they offer: flats, heels, thongs and slip-ons, in a vibrant rainbow of color choices.  They also have styles with cute bows, flowers or jewels.  The options are endless.  Just looking these shoes puts me in a good mood and makes me think of summer.

I had so much fun browsing through the Oka B website.  Each shoe style has a female name, which I think is a cute idea. It was hard to pick just one, so I picked 3 new shoe friends: a pretty, flowered Lucy for the beach ($40), a Millie for work ($35), and just for fun, Grace in hot pink ($20).  3 pairs of shoes for less than $100 (plus free shipping), how awesome is that?

Aside from the fact that Oka B shoes are Made in the USA and have cute style, I love their packaging.   When I received my shoes in the mail, each pair was packaged in cute mesh bag with a ribbon.  No bulky shoe boxes that require an even bigger box to ship means less trash.  Well played, Oka B.  I really enjoy wearing these super comfy, fun shoes around town; and the fact that I can boast to others that they are Made in the USA  (and are NOT crocs) is an added bonus!

The Oka B website is http://www.shoesthatloveyou.com. Enjoy!

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