Cookshack is pricey. But it IS made in America and most of the material is sourced in America, as are PK Smokers (which is primarily for sausage). PK is sold direct via PK Seasonings and I believe Cabella's under the Cabella name and it runs in the $1000.00+ price range. Nice smoker. Most electronic smokers are imported. Not a bad thing, but foreign labor is a lot less costly as are the materials. I am not sure which model you looked at but I can tell you I have not had any problems at all with my Amerique. Sometimes they have scratch and dent models (which is what I purchased) that have the same warranty as new (which should still qualify for the 6 month payment plan). And there are the other two brands I mentioned which are rock solid units (my brother owns the Smokin-it 3) and in 2 years he has not had any problems. And he so far has not seen the need to get an Auber to get digital accuracy or a need for any programming. The analog units will have temperature swings of 30+ degrees above/below the set temp as it cycles the heating element on and off. Some folks are ok with it, some are not.
Whichever way you go, good luck and happy smoking.