July 3, 2013
Be patriotic this 4th of July and play with toys that are made in the USA!
What do toys have to do with the 4th of July? Being patriotic means many things to many people. I didn’t want to tie Turner Toys & Hobbies to the 4th of July celebration – it smacks of consumerism. But then I read Independent We Stand’s post about the importance of supporting small & local businesses.
Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy and play a large role in our communities. Don’t we want to support our neighbors? What’s more American than that?
Let’s support our USA toymakers. I’ve written about all the wonderful toys that are still made in the USA.
Roy Toy Log Cabin set made in USA
Toys such as:
Please check out our Made in USA toy page for more toys.
So, in honor of Independence Day, please consider supporting local businesses and our USA toymakers. Go to your local farmer’s market, enjoy a burger at your local cafe and an ice cream at a local scoop shop. You can be sure that we’ll be playing with some of our toys that have been made in the USA!
Enjoy the 4th with your family and your community. We’ll be at our village’s July 4th celebration and enjoying the fireworks.
What made in the USA toys does your family play with?
March 18, 2013
Following on from yesterday’s blog, Made in America Toys – At What Price?, about the pro’s and con’s of spending more on made in USA toys vs. spending less on made in China toys, here’s a recent post by Harold L. Sirken at Businessweek’s The Management Blog: Made in the USA’ Still Matters.
In it, he relays research that shows that:
80 percent of Americans………will pay more for products labeled Made in the USA.
He goes on to say:
60 percent of Chinese consumers also are willing to pay more for products labeled Made in the USA—as much as 80 percent more, in some cases….
To most of the world, “Made in the USA” still means something special: quality, dependability, safety, reliability—products that feature the most advanced technologies and the hippest styles. Buy these products, and you too can share in the American dream.
So, that doesn’t answer my question about buying American made toys, but it’s an interesting twist to learn that the Chinese and others value the made in America label.
What premium would you pay for made in America toys?
March 17, 2013
As some of you may know, Turner Toys exhibited at the Vermont Rails Model Railroad Show yesterday. While we had a great response for our classic toys and educational toys, we were not as successful with our wooden trains and wooden track for children.
If you can’t sell wooden trains at a train show, you know something is wrong.
What we found out from some folks is that they can buy inexpensive wooden track that works with Brio and Thomas the Tank Engine from outlet stores and toy companies on the internet. Where are those wooden trains & tracks made? Not surprisingly, they are made in China. Our wooden trains and track are made by Maple Landmark in Middlebury, Vermont.
Turns out that you can buy kids’ trains and track from these stores for less than we purchase them from Maple Landmark.
Not all made in China toys are bad. We carry the award-winning toy, Woodkins Dressup Doll, that is made in China. We know that there is strict oversight and product safety testing.
In a positive light, cheaper products are an economic benefit to consumers. On the other hand, we know the value of buying made in USA toys. Several sites such as Made in USA Challenge highlight the economic, environmental and cultural value of buying local.
What do you think? Spend more money for high quality, American-made toys that support your neighbors or save money by spending less on products that may or may not be high quality and benefit other economic markets?
What matters most to you?