> It's a good idea, but why stop there? How about a "Made in Nebraska"
> store for Nebraskans, and similarly for other states?
I think it is still being used as an informal indication of quality.
"Made in Germany" trademarking was initially mandated by the English
industry, attempting to label the competing products as second-rate
(which they initially were). Of course this rapidly backfired, when
the second-rate goods became superior to the original competitors,
and Made in Germany became a quality brand. Similiar happened to
"Made in Japan", "Made in Taiwan" and is now happens to "Made in
China". The association with low-quality extruded polymer is
currently going away.
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