If only it was that simple, but like most things today, it isn't. Most people don't want to spend a lot of time shopping around, they'll go to the big box store and get what they need. If the big box store doesn't stock the "American made" item, it's kind of hard to buy.
And what does the "American made" label really mean anymore. Like most labels, it too has been corrupted by big business and doesn't even mean the product was made in America - it just has to be made by an American owned company. And the follow-up question that didn't get asked is; how many jobs will be lost in the U.S. by buying the "American made" product. Companies producing foreign made products employ a great many people in this country - how many of those people will lose their jobs. As for "American Quality", don't get me started, it too has been corrupted by businesses expecting workers to do too much while they are worried about bottom lines and investor sentiment, and a workforce that doesn't understand quality and doesn't care.
Here's an example, this past summer I purchased a Mahindra tractor, now I could have gone with John Deere, but the John Deere tractor in the size I wanted is NOT made in America, yet in their advertising John Deere would have you believe you're buying an "American made" product because they are an American company, even though the tractor is built overseas. While the parts of the Mahindra tractor I purchased are made overseas, it is at least assembled in a plant down in Texas (and I won't comment on the poor quality of American work at that assembly plant that cost me a weeks labor with a blown hydraulic hose). So who am I helping keep a job by buying the product from a non-American company, the Mahindra worker down in Texas, or the foreign worker at the JD plant overseas.
My advice, find the best product at the best price, and buy it. Afterall, isn't that what all this free-market capitalism talk is all about.
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”