Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Stanley Tools To Pay $205,000 Civil Penalty

FTC has settled an action against Stanley Tools in which it found that the company was indicating certain tools were "Made in USA" when in fact a substantial component of the product was of foreign origin.

The Federal Trade Commission requires that a product be "all or substantially all" US origin in order for it to be advertised as "Made in USA". See here for the FTC website.

What does this have to do with ribbon microphones? Well, we work hard to comply with the "Made in USA" standard, and go to lengths to assure that components and materials meet the requirements of the "Made in USA" label. It costs us more, we are better able to control quality, and it is something we decided to do to see if the customers see the differerence. Apparently they do, even in countries such as Denmark, Sweden, France, the UK, Australia.

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