Have you ever noticed how many brewing and gardening supplies are made in China? We here at Brew & Grow Minnesota try to buy American made products whenever possible. You will find that maybe they cost a little more, but they are better for the customer and better for our country. For example, our mash tun uses a quality made Igloo Cooler which is made in the USA. When shopping online, you cannot "feel" the product or see its quality. If you find prices that are too good to be true, you're probably getting an inferior product.
We have been getting a lot of requests for a large mouth carboys, but after a google search on Amazon, we found that there is a lot of quality issues with the Chinese made large mouth carboys. Until the quality issues are resolved, we will not carry them. We are staying with the quality Italian made traditional carboys for now.
We also get a lot of requests for LED plant lights. The LEDs we have done extensive research and many trials on, which most are of Chinese origin, and found them not to live up to their claims of equal or better results than the traditional HIDs and T-5 fluorescents.