When you purchase a product in person, you can check to see it’s country of origin/manufacture if you want to. Yet when you shop online, you can almost never find this information.
Combine this with the fact that more and more consumers are purchasing online. And world events such as the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing this trend to accelerate. And it seems to me that consumers are actually being cheated of the ability to choose (or decline) products based on country of origin/manufacture, by being forced to purchase them via often poorly described online listings.
With laws that mandate labels on products in Australia, why have online sales been allowed to bypass these laws for so long?
For human rights and ethical reasons, there are some countries in the world whose products I now refuse to buy. When buying online, I am forced to search the open web for hints or clues as to their origin. The only way is to search for the words “made in” (in quotes), separate to some keywords of the product. But this is highly unreliable.
Am I alone in feeling that consumers are gradually losing the economic power they have to choose products based on country of origin/manufacture?
I believe this needs to change.