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If you’re on the quest to buy a walk-in tub, it is helpful to be aware upfront that researching walk-in tubs can be a frustrating endeavor, due in large part to some questionably, shady advertising practices afoot in the walk-in tub industry. Some sellers, for example, may attempt to provide you with the false impression their tubs are entirely ‘Made in America,’ when in fact they are not.
Why might a walk-in tub seller wish to entice a purchaser into believing that a tub is entirely made in the USA, when it is not? Some consumers believe products made in the USA are of a better craftsmanship and quality standard, which means they may be enticed to purchase the tub in the first place (which they otherwise might not have done) and they may be enticed to pay a higher price for the tub because they believe that they are contributing to supporting American workers.
If you are someone who is a strong proponent for 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 and which, if any, were not for the given model you are seeking to purchase. Keep reading to learn what to keep your eyes open for when attempting to discern whether a walk-in tub is truly made in the USA or not.
Phrases such as, “Designed in the USA” and “Crafted in the USA,” for instance, should not be taken for granted to mean the tub was manufactured in America. These phrases simply indicate the design and specs for the tub were crafted in the USA, meanwhile the tub itself may have been manufactured overseas.
Also, be wary when you see the phrase, “Assembled in the USA.” This typically means most or all of the tub’s parts were manufactured overseas and were then simply assembled in the USA. 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 might just mean that a few additional small parts were added to the tub 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 which they manufacture themselves in the USA and some 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 the model you are considering to purchase is indeed made in the USA.
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, 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!
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