13 products we wish were in America

America is certainly the land of plenty in many regards. Our store shelves are stocked with endless varieties of countless products -- and then some.

However, from time to time, we hear about a great product that is not available here in the U.S.

Here are 13 examples of products you can't find in America:

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13 Products We Wish Were in America

Plug-in Mosquito Oil

Where available:
Spain and in other parts of Europe, including England

What's to like:
With Prallethrin as the active ingredient, it will keep your room clear of bugs and let you sleep mosquito-bite free without having to slather yourself in sticky mosquito spray before you go to bed.

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Anti-Itch Cream

Where available: England

What's to like:
Sure, we have anti-itch cream here in the U.S., but we don't have the extremely effective Anthisan Bite & Sting cream which contains the active ingredient mepryamine maleate.

Electric Heated Carpet

Where available: Japan

What's to like:
Made by Panasonic, the temperature of the rug is adjustable and heats up to 114 degrees F. The heating elements are waterproof, so there's no need to worry about washing it. But since the rug is also stain resistant, you may not actually need to.

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Crustless Bread

Where available: Spain

What's to like:
Sick of cutting the crust off your kid's bread? The answer: Crustless bread. Available in Spain since 1999, under the Bimbo brand, it was introduced as IronKids Crustless in the U.S., but is not widely available.

Tadacopy Machines

Where available: Japan

What's to like:
Popular with money-strapped college kids in Japan, Tadacopy machines offer students free photocopies by printing ads on the back of the copy paper, and it gives local advertisers a great way to reach a targeted audience.

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StyleShake Dresses

Where available: England
(Can Now Be Shipped to U.S.)

What's to like:
You design your own dress online using virtual pattern pieces and a selection of fine fabric. Your custom dress is then delivered in as little as 10 days for around $250. That's a big discount considering haute couture usually costs thousands.

Aqua Washing Machine

Where available: Japan

What's to like:
The Aqua front-loading washing machine by Sanyo saves you a trip to the dry cleaners. It uses bacteria-killing chemicals without the use of water to clean your clothes. The dry cleaning detergent is available in most supermarkets in Japan.

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The Water-Leech

Where available: Australia

What's to like:
Capturing water runoff from the bath or shower in a self-contained storage tank, the Water-Leech unit can be wheeled outside to water your lawn or garden -- saving water, money and your garden during a drought or water restrictions!

Electric Car With Battery Lease

Where available: Norway

What's to like:
Soon the two-seat, electric-powered Think City car will become available in Norway for around $15-$17K. Since the battery is the costliest part of the car (about $34K), the company plans to allow consumers to lease it for about $100 to $200 a month.

Pop-Up Hair Salon

Where available: England

What's to like:
HairPOD brings quick, inexpensive haircuts to people on the go. These freestanding styling booths are easily transportable and can be placed in airports and other convenient locations. The pods look like space capsules and can be locked up for the night and only require an electricity supply.
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Cell Phone Payment At McDonald's

Where available: South Korea

What's to like:
Customers place an order by pointing their cell phone at the items they want (once software is downloaded). Items are then charged automatically to their cell phone bill. When their order is ready, their cell phones receive a message to pick up their food at the counter.
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Cell Charging Stations

Where available: The U.K.

What's to like: ChargeBox is a set of lockers designed to charge batteries for mobile phones, ipods, and PDAs. The machines are available in Internet cafes, hotels and airports. Customers leave their phones in the locker while they are being charged for about $2. The door can be locked while your gadget is being juiced.
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Tankless Water Heater

Where available: Australia

What's to like: A great water-saving product, the instant, compact, continous-flow hot water heater is slowly gaining popularity in the U.S. Some estimate that the average family can save between 30-50 percent on water heating costs with the tankless systems.
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