Okay, so you noticed that I recommended an iPhone application on this buy American blog. Isn’t that a contradiction? The iPhone is made in China. But the Buy American Challenge is trying to bring a new approach to buying American, and no case demonstrates this new approach better than the iPhone.
Some would say that the iPhone is unpatriotic because it isn’t made in America. But the Buy American Challenge does not bother labeling companies patriotic or unpatriotic. This challenge simply encourages Americans to do their best to buy American-made items whenever possible because it helps our country when we do it.
The main reason I think that the iPhone is perfectly okay to buy is that it does not have an American-made competitor. Do I wish the iPhone was made in America? Yes. Would I buy another brand of smart phone if it was made in the U.S.? Absolutely. But unfortunately, no competitors to the iPhone that I know of (and I’ve looked) are made in the USA.
This leads us to another important principle in our new approach to buying American: You don’t have to deprive yourself. If you can’t find a particular item you need that is American-made, that’s okay, it happens. If you are willing to do a little more research, you can find other ways to help the American economy and help create American jobs with your purchasing even if the item you are buying is not actually made in the USA.
When I can’t find an American-made version of a particular item I need, here are some other criteria I like to consider: Is the company American-owned? Does the company have a record of creating American jobs?
This is where Apple actually stands out from the competition in my opinion. Apple is an American-owned company, which means when it is profitable, it is mostly Americans who benefit. The money that is earned is circulated into the U.S. economy, creating jobs here. Apple also pays corporate income tax in the U.S., and every dollar the Treasury collects from them, they don’t have to collect from you and me.
Apple also has a good history of creating American jobs. They currently employ over 34,000 employees, the majority of whom are American. Have you seen those Apple stores popping up everywhere? Those are American jobs they are creating.
For me, a smart phone is a modern day necessity. I simply can’t go without one. If I could find an American-made smart phone, I would buy it, but since I can’t, the iPhone is not a bad way to go. Even though it’s not America-made, I still did the best I could to help the American economy and create American jobs with my purchase. Sometimes that is the best you can hope to do.
Until next time, here’s to doing what we can to support our country by buying American.