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Are you on the quest to buy a walk-in tub? If so, we recommend that you begin by reading the articles linked below under the section, “Buyer beware!”. If you still believe you want to buy a walk-in tub, then it will be helpful for you to be aware upfront that researching walk-in tubs can be a frustrating endeavor, due in large part to some questionable advertising practices afoot in the walk-in tub industry. One such example pertains to the claim, “Made in USA.” Some walk-in tub sellers may attempt to provide you with a false impression that the walk-in tubs they offer are ‘Made in America,’ when in fact they are not.
Why might a walk-in tub seller wish to entice a purchaser into believing their walk-in tubs are made entirely in the USA, when they are not? Many American consumers are of the belief that American made products are of a higher quality standard than products made overseas and are also of the belief that by purchasing American made products, they are helping to support the local US economy. Such consumers are likely to pay a higher ticket price for a tub if they perceive the quality to be higher than what it might really be and/or they are of the impression the money will be going towards supporting American workers (when it might not).
What can you do to best ensure the product you are buying is truly made in the USA? For starters, scrutinize the terminology that is being used to market the tub. Be cautious when you see phrases such as, “Designed in the USA” and “Crafted in the USA.” These phrases indicate little more than that the tub’s design was generated in the USA, meanwhile the tub and all of its component parts may have been manufactured overseas.
Also be wary when you see the phrase, “Assembled in the USA.” This simply indicates the parts were attached together once they arrived in the USA, meanwhile the tub’s frame, shell, plumbing, electrical, and other components may have all been made overseas. The word assembled itself can sometimes be deceptive as well. It might mean that most or all of the tub’s parts were assembled in America or it could just mean that a few additional small parts were added to the tub unit once it arrived in the USA.
Be aware too that some walk-in tub manufacturers and sellers may sell a mixture of different tubs, some of which they manufacture themselves in the USA and some of which are manufactured in China or elsewhere, and then may try to pass it off to unsuspecting purchasers as if ALL the tubs they sell are made in the USA, using vague advertising slogans like, “We make tubs in the USA.” It is therefore always wise to confirm that the specific model you are considering to purchase is indeed made in the USA.
Last but not least, some manufacturers will make blatantly false claims such as, “Our Products are Made in the USA” or “Our Products are Proudly Made in America,” though the products being offered do not in fact meet the minimum FTC standards required to make these claims. The Federal Trade Commission Standards mandate that “all or virtually all” of a product must be made in the USA for this claim to be made. In other words, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin in order to identify a product as being ‘Made in America.’ If you are someone who is a strong proponent of supporting American made products, then prior to making any walk-in tub purchase, it is advisable to contact the tub’s manufacturer directly and ask them to confirm, ideally in writing, exactly which parts of the manufacturing process were performed in the USA for the model you are seeking to purchase.
Walk-in tub sellers will inform you about all of the positive points of owning a walk-in tub because it is their goal to sell you a tub. We believe it is important for you to understand the negative points as well — prior to committing to purchase a walk-in tub. To learn more about the drawbacks associated with owning a walk-in tub, read: “Buying a Walk-in Tub – Your Biggest Mistake?”
It is also helpful to educate yourself about the potential hidden costs associated with buying a walk-in tub, so that you’ll have a more complete picture before deciding to sign on the dotted line. To learn more, read “Walk-in Tubs: Potential Hidden Costs”.
And, lastly, it is helpful to be aware of some of the scams and shady practices going on in the walk-in tub industry, so you do not fall victim to them. To learn more, visit: Walk-in Tubs: Buyers Beware!
To learn about other bathing alternatives, visit the links below.
- Getting In & Out of the Bathtub: Benches, Lifts, and Transfer Chairs
- Curbless Showers – A Great Age-Proof Bathing Solution!
- What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Bath Lift Chair
- Accessible Bathtubs: An Amazing Diversity!
- Grab Bars: Which Type is Best?