I do the same.I add one additional step if I can't get a US made product: Do I REALLY need it, or can I make do without. If I can get by, I'll keep the money in my wallet.
Used is a good market to look at.my vice is over 100 years old. its inherited and I'm its 3rd owner. you can buy restored old vices in like new condition. mine is Chas. Parker semi steel . ebay it or try FB marketplace for some one local who restores them. you may also easily find them un-restored in varying states of pretty good to rather bad. Same for anvils if you are looking.