The commenter said the bras are actually made in Germany and India and they resell used items as new. I plan on following up on this claim, but first I wanted to update on the bra itself.
When I first tried it on, it seemed way too small for a DD size, but in the year or so since purchasing the bra I've lost some weight. It now kind of fits ( I have the sizing problem where one breast is larger than the other) and I'm able to wear it without a cover-up. Before, I would wear it for support but always underneath a swim shirt; now I can wear it by itself and not feel like I'm going to spill out all over the place.
I still think Venus sizes them too small, though, and a DD is really D, if not a large C. I will also update when I find out more about this claim that Venus does not actually manufacture their bras in the United States, slo stay tuned.