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Episode #31

On Black Friday, Do Americans Care If It's Made in the USA?

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Children wait with shopping bags inside Macy's department store on 'Black Friday.' (Chris Hondros/Getty)

Grey is the new black when it comes to post-Turkey shopping. In a growing phenomenon known as "Grey Thursday," more of the largest U.S. retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day, offering consumers deals a day earlier than Black Friday.

Wal-Mart will open Thursday at 8 p.m and stay open overnight through the next day. Target, Nike, J.Crew and dozens of other stores will open for at least part of Thanksgiving.  In some case, this will be the first time.

Black Friday entices shoppers with low cost price tags, but what about the other tag, the one that shows where a product was manufactured?

This week on WNYC's Money Talking, WNYC contributors Joe Nocera with the New York Times and Rana Foroohar with Time magazine discuss whether Americans care about whether their electronics, clothes and other items are "Made in America."

Plus, can the consumer save the economy as the nation faces the fiscal cliff?

Hosted by:

Jeff Greenfield

Editors:

Charlie Herman

Contributors:

Rana Foroohar and Joe Nocera

Comments [1]

Tuckertues from Westchester, NY

Do Americans care where the products they buy are made? My experience has been that most do have concerns about where things are made but this stops once they enter the product aisle.

In short the concerns stop when the effective cost difference is made obvious. A comparable product will cost more for being made in the US due to the instance we have of paying a fare and living wage. (At least we like to say this but one look at how the restaurant industry works should dispel it).

(sometimes this is done for the consumer when a box store eliminates the option or pushes it to a dark far corner).

It is our American NEED to acquire more things than our neighbors. We buy larger house to hold the nonsense we had to buy to feel that we are actually doing as well as we think we should.

Nov. 24 2012 01:30 PM

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