Made in America Investigation: American Workers Fighting Back | Video – ABC News. ABC News: Made in America – this segment aired on August 27, 2014. This 3 minute and 42 second video is about how some counterfeit products are costing Americans companies money and ultimately their jobs. This particular segment focuses on counterfeit Rosetta Stone products which at first blush look exactly like the real thing.
The first examples in the video mention “American Mills” and “United States Sweaters” which are made in China. These products are not truly counterfeits, (unlike the Rosetta Stone example), because their labels declare “made in China”. Are they misleading? Why, of course, they are deliberately deceiving. Is it unethical and immoral ? Yes, but isn’t a lot of corporate business that way? Is it illegal to have the American flag, or labels saying “U.S. Polo”, or “John Varvatos, USA”, or “American Mills”, but still have a label saying it is made in China? The answer is no. The business men in China and the U.S. executives who set up this deceitful type of practice are laughing at you, because you didn’t read the label. “Buyer Beware” is their motto. And there is not a whole lot you can do about it. But in cases of definite wrongdoing, one can write to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Their address is: Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580. The above link to the FTC shows the regulations regarding textiles. And here is a link to the FTC on-line complaint form.
Another place to complain or to start an investigation in to wrongdoing is, the place where David Muir went to, which is the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. This is part of the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) units. They like to advertise their successes.
Remember to read the labels. If you want the real, better made American products, you must check the label. ABC News have done 150 segments of “Made in America” over the past three years – keep up the good work.