Leosghost - 2:39 am on Jun 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
Sorry to break the news..but..unless you are making what you sell ..it could actually be from anywhere..
I have at least 5 regular suppliers in "Asia" ( 2 of whom I have been in contact with in the last 24 hours ) who supply both the USA and Canada..They all have offered to me to supply me with "my own brand" goods" ( these are major OEM apparel manufacturers ) marked ""Made in France or "Made in the UK" or "Made in the EU" or "Made in..my choice of country" with these "Made in ..." labels covered during manufacture with "easily removable labels" which state their actual countries of manufacture for "customs" and import restrictions , marketing purposes..
They currently supply goods "treated" this way to major USA, Canadian, Australian and UK and EU brands..
I have been sent many samples of the supplied goods ( with the major brands labels..original merchandise..outsourced..not counterfeit ) to "OK" for quality control down the last 30 or 40 years..
In a current example ( on a hanger behind me as I type ) I have an item which is made in Asia and supplied all across the USA and Canada under various "Made in USA" or "Made in Canada" and with various household name "brands"..it costs just $22.oo FOB per piece..in lots of 5 ..per colour and per design..and they are supplying it with "double labels" ( I have always said no to this practice for my items )..to various importers, wholesalers and retailers in the USA and Canada..also in the UK and EU and Australia..
It is at this moment available on various websites in the USA and Canada at prices per unit ranging from $80.oo to $379.oo ..both of those prices are from companies who are being supplied directly by the Asian suppliers that I use..Both make a point of saying how their items are "Made in the USA" and "Made in Canada"..their labels ( once the "in transit" double labels are removed ) say this too..
BTW the $379.oo item is claiming to be "Made in the USA"..by hand no less..( with a 4 week delay and a $50.oo surcharge for "made to measure")..actual delay is 3 days manufacturing, plus 3 for courier shipping and $5.oo "made to measure charges..courier charges are about $25.oo from Asia to North American zone for this item ..weighs less than 1kg..
This is standard practice and is decades old ..way back into the 60's and 70s..
Very very few things are made where they say they are..sometimes even the guy making the thing by hand in front of you, has an Asian supplier only a DHL flight away producing the largest part of what is on their shelves or their website..
Customs let a lot slide..because they know that if push comes to shove the importers ( who are in the case of some of the major apparel companies, huge and publicly traded, and who have large distribution workforces and well known "Made in...." brand names ) will quietly threaten "local job losses" ..and the customs officials etc know that the cases will be dropped and that making waves is bad for ones career..
My "own brand" merchandise is actually made to my own designs, and carries my registered trademarks..it does not claim to be manufactured anywhere other than its true countries of manufacture..it does claim to be "Designed in France"..because that is where I actually do design it :)..oh and yes ..Asian manufacturers can and do produce some superb high quality items ..mine do, and I tell them so, and pay extra in appreciation ..:)