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Poll: Shoppers unwilling to pay top dollar for American-made products

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Tony Westondale checks his box of candy to see where it came from.

“Glendale, California. Alright,” Westondale said.

He's happy to see California on the label, but he said it is impossible to avoid buys things that are made outside of the country.

“I like American-made like everybody else does,” Westondale said. “But there's so much now out there, how do you separate it all. You get in a store and you look down the aisle at this and that, and it's just crazy.”

Made in China. Made in Taiwan. Made just about anywhere. It seems these tags are on just about everything we buy now.

But do you even check these tags before purchasing your items?

“They're probably all made in China,” said Pat Thorsby.

Joanne Grafton said, “I always check to see where it's made, most things, in China.”

A recent Associated Press poll showed more Americans would prefer a cheaper item made oversees, than a more expensive item made on U.S. soil.

“The economy is still struggling. I'm on a fixed income, so it makes it tough,” said Carol McGowan.

But even though buying something made outside of America may save you a buck, some people we talked to said that extra dollar just isn't worth it.

“I would buy the one from America first. It's from where I'm from,” Grafton said. “I don't care, it's from here. People here have needs and jobs.”

But for Marilyn Aayner, she just purchased items knowing they were made elsewhere.

“I knew it was made outside of the country, not exactly where,” Aayner said.

Some said while their intentions are good, making an effort to buy American made products, it's just sometimes is too difficult to actually do.

“If I could find more things made in America, I'd buy them, instead of the Chinese or wherever,” Thorsby said.

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