Hypothetical situation here. Purely hypothetical!
If someone wants to start their own brand, lets use 5 panel caps as an example. Would it matter where it was made to you and why?
This hypothetical person is not a resident in the USA / Canada so the argument of "paying extra for the products to put food on the tables for hard working Americans who produce them" is off the table.
Lets say one hat design is manufactured in China costs roughly 2 euros for a custom design, the other option, made in USA costs 20 euros for the same custom design. They would both have the same DESIGN, EXACT same materials and the same QUALITY. Would it bother you that the hat is made in China? And how do you think it would affect the image of the brand. Sourcing for quality 5 panel manufacturers is a very underground subject with people willing to pay money just to get the information of a quality 5 panel manufacturer in the USA?
If you can find an honest quality manufacturer in China for your custom 5 panel caps would you agree that it could be a better option making the end price cheaper and then in turn giving the designer more money to create limited high quality designs for more and more people?
This is not a place to argue and yell at each other with the caps lock on looking for and argument. Simply wanting some input on how you think it affects the image of the brand simply by the origin of the cap.
If its ethically made, durable and I like the design I wouldn't worry where its made.
I must say, if somethings made in Japan I instantly think highly of the product lol, but if its not, it wont deter me from buying as long as it follows the guidelines i listed.