That's not an accurate statement. I highly doubt most people won't pay for American made; like they go out of their way to make sure what they buy was not made in America.It is disgusting to me but as you said people won't pay for American made.
Holosun has a corporate office in California with any where from 9-50 American employees working there (based on projections from Linkedin). If someone needs to send their Holosun in for warranty work, you think they are sending it to China for repair? These are also American employees that are working to support their American families.As to price. Trijicon is a Michigan company paying Michigan cost of living pay rates to their employees. Halosun is a Chinese company making sights in China paying sweat shop rates.
To me the extra money is a no brainier. Halosun copies others work, so they aren't paying big money for research either
Just to put things into perspective on why some people may really want to buy a Trijicon optic, but just can't justify the cost- I will use myself as an example. Besides my Shield Plus that I sent my slide out to have milled for a red dot, I also own three other single stack firearms that all came optic ready out of the box. (Sig P365XL, Ruger Max-9, and Springfield XD-S Mod 2 OSP)
Obviously I bought these 4 firearms with the intent of buying a red dot optic.
If I decided to buy 4 of the Holosun 407K 6MOA red dots, they would cost about $200 each. They would fit out of the box and would easily be installed using the tool that comes with the optic. (in all fairness, the XD-S did need to have the lugs filed down with a dremel , but that took less than 10 minutes and I already owned a $30 dremel set)
If I decided to buy a Trijicon, the cost would be around $450 each. I checked, and each one of my firearms must have a mounting plate added for the Trijicon to even fit.(even though all 4 firearms are already milled and optic ready) That will run me about $100 each based on Trijicon's website. Because the mounting plate sits as high as it does, I will not be able to use my current sights and will have to go out and buy suppressor height sights. Good ones will cost me about $100, but let's just say I was able to find decent ones for $75 each. Assuming I can change my own sights and don't need the extra expense of a gunsmith( that others in a similar situation may need ), the total per firearm for the red dot, the mounting plate, and the new sights will be $625- per firearm- total being $2,500 just for the red dot and accessories
I bought all 4 firearms brand spanking new, and the cost for all was a little over $1,800- combined. I am truly glad Trijicon pays their employees top dollar, but based on the excessive costs for the red dot, the absurdity of paying that much and then having to buy a mounting plate, AND lose my iron sights completely where I have to buy new sights? Each employee must be retiring as millionaires.
So $800 for 4 Holsuns or $2,500 for 4 Trijicons- do you think I am going out of my way to not buy American, or do you think I should just go ahead and willingly fork over $2,500 to a company that is really doesn't seem all that interested in building their clientele?