False advertising!


If there is one thing that gets me riled up, it’s this.

A few years back while looking for union made boots online, I found a store called “Union Made” online. I excitedly reviewed the options. Upon closer investigation I found out that their products are not, in fact, union made.

UNIONMADE is the name of company, and they have storefronts in California and you can buy their products online.unionmadefalse

For a while they even had a union bug (the sign that a product is union made, with the union’s local on it) as their company logo.  The AFL-CIO sent them to ceases and desist letter.

This falsification is a slap in the face to every man woman and child in this c0untry and around the world who fought and sometimes died for the right to a union, to organization and a voice and dignity on the job.

I could rant about this all day but I will spare you and just link to some articles of people who have researched this.

When asked, Todd Barket the store founder said: “It had nothing to do with unions. I’m surprised that people took the name literally.”

So buyer, beware. Do not shop at UNIONMADE.

More info:

Gawker- Unionmade: Retailer of Expensive Fashions That Are Not Union Made

AFL-CIO: Unionmade isn’t

Huffington Post: There Once Was a Union Made

Ipad Case- FAIL

Okay, I know, to have to buy an iPad case clearly means I have an iPad, which was made in China, and there are clear reports of bad labor conditions at the iPhone factories. So it’s ironic to insist on a made in the USA case for it, but here I am. Electronics are a whole difficult subject of goods made over seas, a tough category.

After looking at three companies online that make ipad mini cases in the USA, I chose to go with “Treegloo.”  DO NOT ORDER FROM TREEGLOO! They took my money and never sent me the case. I had to finally file a claim with the BBB to get my money refunded.

So, I ordered a case from Portenzo.case

They actually mailed it to me which is an improvement on the last attempt, but I find that my iPad mini falls out of the case. I eventually stopped using it and it’s sitting on my bookshelf. It’s supposed to stink on these big stickers on the inside (I got the “hard shell” version”) but it falls right off.

So now I carry my iPad in a cloth bag that Andy’s mom made from fabric. It works. I guess homemade is sometimes just as good.

Anyone have experience with other made in the USA cases for electronic devices?