Our aging West Bend 36-cup coffee maker that we used as a hot water urn finally gave out.
The Spouse went on-line and found a 30-cup replacement unit apparently is
* Imported by Buffalo Tools for its AmeriHome brand
* Sold by Wayfair
* Ordered via Walmart
The Spouse made the selection based solely on price - it was cheap.
It turns out that the 30-cup coffee maker was able to produce only one-cup.
After the first cup, the spigot handle broke and no more water could be released. I suppose that's better than having the spigot stuck OPEN, dumping 85o F water on my feet and the floor.
A coffee urn has a hard life at our home. It sometimes runs 72 hours at a stretch.
The made-in-America West Bend not only survived the extended use, but was quiet about it. The replacement made-in-China unit not only failed at first use, but it also was noisy. The Spouse likes quiet.
An equivalent capacity West Bend unit costs roughly $12-$15 more than the Chinese urn. Target is listing a West Bend 30-Cup Polished Aluminum Urn - 58030 for $32 plus tax but with free shipping. Walmart is advertising the same unit, sold by one of its partners, for $43.30 plus tax and plus shipping. A West Bend 42-Cup Polished Aluminum Urn - 58002 at Target is $46 plus tax.
Somewhere along the line the made-in-China urn allegedly went through "QC" - Quality Control - there's a sticker on the bottom of the unit that says so.
What the bottom of the unit omits are
* Name of manufacturer
* Name of importer
* Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approval
Back in the day, Japanese products had the same reputation that Chinese products have today - shoddy workmanship using shoddy parts to sell cheap and still make a good markup for the owners.
This is NOT to say that everything that comes from Japan today has the QC of my cameras, just as there are made-in-America products that are less than they could/should be (auto recalls for example), but China's reputation is well-deserved: dry wall, tires, and toys to name just three imports.