After a long time trying to buy a magnifier for my red dot sight, I stumbled upon the VMX 3X on Amazon for something like 40 bucks a month on a QVC-esque payment plan (214.00 or so total). I have not found (anywhere) an item like that for the payment plan. I jumped on it after reading a couple reviews.
Then, I noticed it. The dreaded “Made in C___a” tag on a review somewhere. I started some research. After digging for a little bit, I found that Vortex Inc. has contracted their items to several different countries. Mind you, I will not cancel a deal like that for the magnifier, so I figured I would contact them.
Here is what they said:
May 26, 2020, 2:12:18 PM CDT
Thank you for your interest in Vortex Optics and for reaching out! We really appreciate it. We are an American company and Veteran owned. All of our products are designed and engineered here in the US.
We do use manufacturing facilities in China, Japan, the Philippines, and here in the US to manufacture our products
No matter where they are made the all follow our specifications and quality standards. The Micro 3x Magnifier is manufactured in China.
If you have any other questions, please let me know.
All the best,
Vortex Optics | Sales & Technical
One Vortex Drive
Barneveld, WI 53507
800.426.0048 ext. 1566
Do I feel like I gave money to China?
Yes, I do. It feels pretty bad.
Do I regret making some money for an American company?
With their resolution to contract items to be built in China, it makes me question the values of their stockholders/shareholders/upper management.
Would I buy the Vortex brand again?
I don’t know. The optic is fantastic. It seems to be one of the best on the market for its price range. It just sucks that it was made in China. I would have purchased an alternative, American made optic if they had a similar payment plan. Either way, the optic does perform very well. Crisp-clean image through the lens.
Rant over. Sorry about that. It has been bothering me. I felt as if it were time to get it off of my chest.