Anglers prefer American-made products

Bass fishermen responded with a resounding “yes” when we asked B.A.S.S. Facebook fans if a “made in the U.S.A.” sticker makes them more likely to buy a product.

In fact, 89 percent of respondents said that American sticker entices them to pull out their wallets. Six percent said it does not influence them, and 5 percent said it just depended on what the product was.

Jeramie Dyer was one of the few who said buying U.S.-made products isn’t necessarily the best idea. “People don’t realize that import products provide thousands of jobs for us Americans, so if we only bought American-made products, we would increase the unemployment rate,” said Dyer. “I’m all for buying domestic, but some of the Japanese products are amazing!”

Patriotism and the poor economy were the top reasons the majority of the B.A.S.S. Facebook fans said they would choose a “made in the U.S.A.” sticker over an international product. Below are some of the responses from people who answered yes, along with why they choose to buy American. What’s your opinion? Join the conversation on Facebook!

I always try to buy American. The truth of the matter is that we outsource most of the products we use to other countries. Sad, really. We could use those jobs right now. (Greg Ervine)

Yes, although if I absolutely don’t like an American-made product, I will buy foreign in some cases. But I try to buy American as much as possible. (David Harbilas)

Yes. Buying U.S.A. affects us all. (Warren L. Tolson)

You give me two similar (fishing) products — one made here, one in China — I’m buying local. Caveat, if a certain country is known to produce a certain product well, I’ll buy it. China just makes it cheap. (Patrick Lynch)

Lot of good soft baits are made right here in Oklahoma. They have fished them at the Bassmaster and won. I have caught some big bass on the Gene Larew Biffle Bug myself. (Jennifer Haner)

Yes, because we need to support America and create more American jobs. (Dan Fithen)

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