I think made in USA has some guidelines or some manufacturing process ?
@t.alex, I am not sure if their are any guidelines but when the customers reads the label as "Made in USA", he thinks that the whole product is manufactured in US. It would be like mis-guiding the end user by giving him false information.
Even if a product that contains hundreds or thousands of parts could claim to be "Made in the USA" or "Made in China" or any other parts of the globe, the reality is that the innovation behind the product and parts probably originated in different parts of the world. Google itself was founded by Larry Page (born in the midwest of the US) and Sergey Brin (born in Russia.)
I wouldn't say impossible, but likely difficult and expensive. Are there certain rules for labeling products 'Made in USA' (for example)? As in, is there a certain percentage of the parts that need to be made in that country?
Recently released Nexus Q which google claimed is "designed and manufactured in the USA" doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a purely American production. Nexus Q has many parts from overseas. For example NXP Semiconductors 44501 Near-Field Communications Controller, which could be manufactured in Germany, China, United Kingdom, Netherlands, or Singapore. And there's also a TXC 8.00 MHz Crystal Quartz Oscillator, manufactured in Taiwan or China. Do you agree that it would be impossible to make a 100 percent U.S.-made consumer electronics gadget in this day and age?
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