I’m sure there will plenty of Depositions if the U.S. Department of Justice moves to sue HD for violating the Buy American Act of 1933. The law simplified , states that all materials used on public projects, must originate in The United States. Originally , a Depression Era mandate issued by President Roosevelt, it was implemented to help get Americans back to work supplying goods for the “Make Work” Programs .
I’m sorry, I’m really confused here. If the Home Depot has most of its goods made in China, how can this be a surprise? This website was launched because I was tired of not having a choice when shopping at a Big Box Store. Show me a battery-powered tool in that store that is made in America, as well as compressors, nail guns, nails, lighting, bathroom accessories, outdoor BBQ’s and furniture, appliances etc. OK, lumber, carpet, paint , bath tubs and landscaping , I’ll give you. My money says that there are more categories that are imported from China.
The list does not stop at Home Depot. Fastenal, agreed to pay $6.25 Million even though they still felt they had complied with the BAA. Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot have also a $22 Million tab. W.W. Grainger , a favorite among farmers and ranchers, coughed up $6 million because of overcharging for Taiwanese products.
I’m still shocked that this is a News Flash. Does anybody ever check the bar Codes and labels when you shop in these stores? I would say office supply stores would have twice as much imported product than Home Depot. The joke of the day is a quote from Home Depot spokesperson ,Stephen Holmes; “We would never knowingly, sell prohibited goods under any circumstances, and we have been cooperating with the government to provide requested information.” Their tag-line, “More Saving, More Doing, More Chinese Crap” , should be added to the slogan. CLICK HERE for AP Story.
I personally try to stay out of the Big Box Stores. It’s bad for the Mom ‘n Pop’s and usually takes out the small local businesses. I also have known suppliers who have had their products in the stores, and LOW-bid is king. If another vendor comes along with a 5-cent savings, you need to clear the shelves of your products. I’m also against Home Depot because of their aggressive Pro Gay/Lesbian Parade Sponsorships.