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Selling It

Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

Published: May 28, 2015 06:00 AM

Country of origin unclear

The "American-made" distinction is powerful, but as you’ll see from these reader submissions, the fine print sends a mixed message.

In this month's installment of Selling It:

Made (full) in America | A very long salmon run | Head south (of the border) for America's sweets | American authenticity via southwest AsiaSee more Selling It items

Read our special reports, "Made in America" and "What Makes a Car 'American'?" as well as our coverage of the best American-made appliances.

Show us the gaffes!

Send us the goofs and glitches you find. Submit them by:


E-mail: SellingIt [at] cro [dot] consumer [dot] org


Postal mail: Selling It, Consumer Reports, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703


Cracked promise

Lloyd and Nedra Doyle of Eugene, Ore., loved the Stars and Stripes on this pepper grinder’s package, but a closer look revealed it was only filled in America.
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Caught here, processed there

"These salmon did a lot of traveling to end up on my table!" writes Judy Schlafer, from Dow, Ill., of this Chinese product caught in U.S. waters.
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A hill of beans

The bag says Brach's is "America's Candy Maker," but Susan Sherman of Cincinnati notes that this confection was actually produced south of the border.
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A lesson in labelese

Lori Dehn of Spring Lake, Minn., tipped us off to this clothing line, which touts an "authentic" tradition that may not be what purchasers have in mind.
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Show us the gaffes!

Send us the goofs and glitches you find. Submit them by:


E-mail: SellingIt [at] cro [dot] consumer [dot] org


Postal mail: Selling It, Consumer Reports, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703


Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the July 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.



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