Why should I care about buying Australian Made?
At Wild Wool™, we’re passionate about making Australian made products entirely within Australia, and thanks to our ever-growing customer base, support for buying Australian made continues to grow.
So why should we care about buying products which are made in Australia?
Good Workers = Good Product
Why do our sheepskin boots cost more than those made offshore? Well, we pay our employees a fair wage which includes benefits and good working conditions. If we had our employees working in a sweat shop slapping together 1,000 pairs of sheepskin boots every day, providing 2 weeks’ annual leave, no sick pay, low wages and working a 12 hour day, we’d only be charging our customers half price to buy a pair of our boots. (Mind you, the boots would last only half the time as well.)
But we employ many local Australians, providing employment with great working conditions for those talented makers who craft our boots. We also use only a premium quality product (read: A-Grade Australian Merino wool) and we check each and every pair by hand before they are made available to sell or be posted around the world. In fact, sometimes the price of a single sheepskin which we use in our sheepskin boots can cost more than an entire pair of sheepskin boots sold by Chinese manufacturers.
This tells you something about the quality of the sheepskin being used, and the types of labour being performed, to create some of the sheepskin boots available on the market. So is that enough to make people care about buying Australian Made?
Who cares? We should!
The point is, we, as Australians SHOULD care. Buying Australian Made means keeping our economy strong, and getting a premium quality product in return.
In the sheepskin industry, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” goes a long way.
Who cares? We do!
We’re a small Australian company that has not only survived a global economic disaster, cheaper look-alikes (of poor quality) from south east Asian based manufacturers flooding the local market, and unfair competition from international companies, but we’ve also flourished and expanded. We’ve created new designs and introduced innovative fashion statements that have taken sheepskin boots way past being a pair of comfortable, warm slippers for around the house.
We’re also firmly entrenched in Australia, which for us means that your sheepskin boots are made by Australians, from Australian materials, in Australia, under Australian ownership.
Once you buy a pair of our Australian made sheepskin boots, we promise you’ll notice the difference. So how about it? Give some thought to caring about buying Australian made.
Do you know anyone working in an Australian manufacturing industry? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!