(IntegrityPress.org) – Generally speaking, a “Made in…” country of origin label makes American consumers aware of the foreign origins of a product. However, it has recently come to light that this indicator isn’t always present on goods from China. A recent report from 19FortyFive highlights that consumers who shop online often don’t have the opportunity to see where their purchases are coming from until they arrive at their doorstep.
The report noted that it’s frequently impossible to see where online purchases originate when customers use major online sales platforms like Amazon, Target, and Walmart. While buyers might discern goods’ shipping points from an online product page, the information might not indicate manufacturing points.
Apparently, online sellers are exploiting a loophole in the Country of Origin Label (COOL) requirements that American retailers have had to obey since 1930.
The report highlighted this particular issue regarding Chinese goods because they are so common on the American market and because purchasing from Chinese sellers feeds into the Asian nation’s economy. That may mean American consumers are inadvertently funding various human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
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