Another benefit to buying American, as Buchbinder pointed out, is that you know companies are complying with environmental laws and workers' rights. And if something goes wrong with the product you purchase, there is accountability. If you have a problem with an Emeco chair, you can call the company. If something goes wrong with a knockoff (Briggs offered the slightly alarmist scenario of someone burning themselves on the solvent a knockoff maker used to wash another toxic chemical off their chair), good luck tracking down that manufacturer. "As a consumer, you have to make responsible choices," he said.