Shopping local is a big thing today but do you also consider the company behind the product?
Does the company behind the product play a part at all in your purchases? Would you tip your choice from two fairly identical shoes or coffee makers, if one company had more investment in their country that you reside? Why or why not? Or is price always going to be the rule that wins the contest?
If products of our own country are assured of quality, I think patronizing our own country's product should be done as a mark of patriotism, even if the price differential is 10 to 15% higher than an imported product. This is my personal opinion.