Carmine says ‘Buy American!’

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I’m madder than one head on a two-headed snake who’s suffering from the worst case of agita because his stupid other head ate way too much on Thanksgiving over a bunch of things, the first being that all these smart aleck department stores have removed the “s” from the end of their names!

Look, you all know that when I played Santa Claus at the A&S’s (That’s right! A&S’s! And don’t you forget it) Downtown and little Natalie Wood came and sat on my lap, I told her family if they couldn’t find what they needed there, they could go to “Macy’s” or “Gimbel’s” or “Bloomingdale’s” or “Alexander’s” or “Korvette’s” or”Kresge’s” or any of those department stores that ended in an “s” because some actual person — and not a soulless corporation — owned them.

But I’ll tell you this, old R.H. Macy and those seven Korean veterans are probably turning over in their graves over the fact that Kris Kringle now has to send shoppers to “s”-less places like “Costco,” “Home Depot,” “Ikea,” and, my least favorite of all, “Target.”

Now, I don’t need to tell you that this past Black Friday, my lovely wife Sharon and I went out bargain hunting at the place I will now refer to as “Targets” so my editor doesn’t have to remove the “s” that I added to the end of every reference I made to this store. But the only reason we went was because the Erskine Street exit is about 12 minutes away on the Belt Parkway — and because Targets is the only department store nearby that sometimes has electric shopping carts for the elderly, handicapped, and yours truly. I emphasize sometimes, because it would be more accurate to say rarely.

The store claims it has six of these devices, but in my experience, only one is functional — and that’s why I hate Targets! Here is a giant department store that spends millions on advertising in ads and TV commercials, but a pittance for its disadvantaged customers like me that want to spend their hard-earned dollars there without breaking a sweat!

And let me tell you this: the fact that I think it’s owed by the French doesn’t thrill me (In fact, it’s not even pronounced “Target,” it’s pronounced “Tar-jay”!).

Which brings me to the second thing I am pig-biting mad about: New York City discriminates against Walmart’s, which is an American-owned company, and lets Targets roost where ever it pleases. I even hear, Targets will be taking over K-Marts on Richmond Avenue on Staten Island, which will give it two stores in the forgotten borough!

Which brings me to the crux of this column, best explained in this e-mail sent to me from a friend … BUY AMERICAN!

I’m not going to bore you with the details of the e-mail, but I’ll tell you this: she looked at the labels of the stuff she was buying and found out that stuff made in China cost more than stuff made in the good ol’ U.S.A!

“The other day I went to Wal-Mart’s looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn’t want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department and they had some at $2.50 made in USA. They are just as good!”

And the same thing happened when she went to buy a kitchen rug, greeting cards, and hose attachments! And she found it all out just by reading the labels!

I couldn’t believe it at first, so I did my own research.

My grandson likes Hershey’s candy (and when I say “likes,” I mean “loves,” and when I say “grandson” I mean “me”). So I read the label and noticed it was “Made in Mexico.” So I do not buy it anymore.

Then, there’s my grandson’s favorite toothpaste, Colgate. It’s also made in Mexico so, you guessed it, I have switched to Crest! You have to read the labels on everything, people!

Speaking of light bulbs and dryer sheets, this past weekend I needed 60-watt light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets.

I was in the light bulb aisle in the supermarket, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, “Everyday Value.” I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats: everything was the same, except for the price! The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand — even though the GE was made in Mexico and the Everyday Value brand was made in — get ready for this — the U.S.A. by a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So you can throw out the myth that you can’t find products you use every day that are made right here!

So on to the Bounce dryer sheets aisle — yep, you guessed it: Bounce costs more and is made in America’s sworn enemy, Canada. Meanwhile, the Everyday Value brand was less money and made in the U.S.A.!

I did laundry yesterday and the Everyday Value dryer sheets had the Screecher’s undies smelling like roses (no small feat, mind you) — at almost half the price!

So start reading the labels, people. It could save an American a job — and money!

Screech at you next week!

Carmine Santa Maria's Big Screecher column appears every Saturday on And, to all you know-it-alls out there, his Hyundai was built in Alabama!
Posted 9:30 am, December 4, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
Only Carmine can take a good message like this, but make me want to buy exclusively Chinese-made products.
Dec. 4, 2011, 9:20 am
Carmine from what says:
Carmine owns the site. No other person in the right mind would let her post anything articles here. This is carmine'S site..
Dec. 4, 2011, 11:13 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Sorry Carmine, but all those people who don't like the smell of paint, the sight of smoke and the thought of what couldbe-maybe-and-might happen shut down American industry.

We couldn't even manufacture Occupy Wall Street, we had to import that from Canada!
Dec. 4, 2011, Noon
ty from pps says:
Or -- Be honest. It was child labor laws and safety laws that destroyed American manufacturing, right? Imagine how competitive we could be if we could bring back 12 year olds to factories! You could pay them almost nothing. And those ventilation systems and safety shields are expensive. Workers can breathe on their own time! If they can't keep their body parts out of the machines, that's their fault! Oh, and don't get me started on how much cheaper it would be to dump untreated industrial waste right into the river. Oh man. Do you even know how expensive titration of heavy metals is?!
Dec. 4, 2011, 12:20 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Remember Ol' Sally Field as Norma Rae?

She did wonders for safety in the mills.

Go get a job in a North Carolina Mill.

Better yet, FIND a North Carolina Mill.
Dec. 4, 2011, 12:44 pm
ty from pps says:
If only America could be more like Malaysia.
Dec. 4, 2011, 1:12 pm
Gerri from Park Slope says:
I can't believe how many retards live in my neighborhood, not only are they nasty but exceptionally stupid.
Keep fighting for America Fat Boy, and let these jerks rattle off their yellow hides. I didn't mean to be Nasty calling you FAT BOY, that was to bring to the jerks attention "Carmine from what" referring to you as "her."
Now I'm really going to buy an Elantra knowing its manufactured by Americans.
Dec. 4, 2011, 6:39 pm
America is from made in says:
America is MADE IN CHINA
Dec. 4, 2011, 11:46 pm
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
I was an officer at EJ Korvettes...and no it didn't come from Eight(not seven) Jewish Korean war vets...

it was started by Eugene J Ferkauf(Hence the EJ) in 1948. The "Kovettes" came from his love of the British small destroyer called a Corvette(but change to a K)

Walmart is the largest single trading partner with China. They have FORCED many manufacturers(through what they will pay) to leave the US. not the Unions the owners have. I worked with a Unionized company that manufactured File cabinets in the US. - Filex- they were called into Bentonville and told that we will pay x next year for the cabinets. Even if the Union had agreed to minimum wage, Filex could not manufacturer the products in the US...the plant wasn't tooled properly for that. But they were given the names of the companies in China who could...
Dec. 5, 2011, 12:23 pm
KJ from williamsburg says:
Greedy Americans killed American industry, and drove it to China and beyond. Own up to it.
There are plenty of American made goods on the market, and I don't mean cheap wastebaskets and dryer sheets.
The American consumer is not willing to pay the price of goods that are made in America. We want the best, we want top quality, but we are not willing to pay the bill we have created by driving up the costs of manufacturing in our own country.

When did Canada become America's "sworn enemy"? sound like a curmudgeony old fool.

Hope you are enjoying your hersey bars while motoring your lazy butt around Targets, which by the way is an American company based in Minneapolis that generates thousands of American jobs. Not French.
Happy Holidays
Dec. 5, 2011, 6:53 pm
bengee from coney says:
"Buy American"If it weren't for China Walmart the Anti-labor mega corp would be out of business.They couldn't care less if you "Buy American" or not.
Dec. 5, 2011, 7:54 pm
kj from williamsburg says:
just to clarify for you carmine....
Target evolved from Dayton-Hudson (Dayton's), which dates back to the 1800's in Minnesota.
That's pretty darn American as far as I can see.

They also employ millions of American's across this country.
In addition, they have a give back policy in which they give a % of their profits back to the communities they serve. That's about $3 million a week. In addition, they have raised and donated hundreds of millions to schools across the country, through a proprietary credit rewards program.

you should do some research before you screech.
Dec. 5, 2011, 9:04 pm
Sid from Beorum Hill says:
One last point. When Korvette's closed in the late 70's. it WAS owned by a French company....the Wilot Brothers(who also owned Au Bon Marche and Galleries Lafayette in France)...
Dec. 6, 2011, 7:27 am

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