Would You Pay More for Made in Britain?
These day when you head to the shops, or you buy something online, unless you check the label then you never really know where the product was made. It could have been made in Taiwan, China, Turkey, Malaysia, India, the list goes on. Of course, many goods are also made here in Britain too, but unless you check, you’re totally clueless.
This fact doesn’t matter to many people, but My Voucher Codes recently carried out a survey to find out whether people would rather buy goods made in Britain, and whether they would go on to actually pay more in order to be assured that their new item was produced in their home country. The results were quite surprising, and certainly good news for the British economy.
Out of those people surveyed, 58% said they would prefer to buy items which were made in Britain, with 25% saying they would prefer to buy items made overseas, and 17% sitting on the fence, not really bothered where their new item came from, provided it was in good working condition. The survey then went on to ask whether they would be happy to pay extra to be assured that their new item was made in Britain, and a surprising 40% said yes, they would pay more. Of course, 39% said no, this wouldn’t be a deal-breaker on price, and 21% said it would all come down to what the actual product was, as to whether they would be happy to pay extra or not.
In the current climate of needing to save money in order to afford life’s little luxuries, these results are quite surprising, but give hope that people are still wanting to pour money into their home economy, to ensure jobs and an upswing in fortune for Britain’s manufacturing efforts.
Of interest, the goods many people would prefer to buy as British made included clothing, avoiding the need to buy items which are made in those infamous ‘sweatshops’ overseas, as well as technological items, and health and beauty products.
Every single person surveyed will obviously have different reasons for choosing to say ‘yes’ to buying British manufactured goods over those made in a different country, but these startling results certainly show a pride in home-made products, as well as a possible hope for the future of Britain’s manufacturing industry and economy overall.
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