Realistically, IMHO, the diy'er tends to start out with an import jack. Between being young (hopefully smart enough to use stands), and with limited budget, I see kids get them often enough. Now, as one gets older, or more into cars, most end up with other jacks. I was given one of those thin things that they call a jack, I used on import cars. Work bought me a Michelin (Sam's club) jack for Christmas one year so I had a larger one. When I found one of those Steel and aluminum hybrid jacks, that Northern tools sells, for a song at a damaged freight store, I picked it up as my load into the truck jack. It however was jacked up by a Schmuck that worked at the shop I worked as, as he was too lazy to grab the heavy duty one and overloaded it by trying to use it on a tow truck. (we keep it down there for just jacking up motors for timing belt changes and such)
I only recently bought a USA made jack at an estate sale (I posted about it here). I fully expected it would need a rebuild (sat for 20 years and was low on oil), but after cleaning and filling, greasing the zergs and oiling the bearings, I was surprised (didn't need a thing).
Saw another long reach one (missed the first due to me dealing with its owner, while someone on the journal was buying it from his father), but didn't have the cash this time (just paid the house and car taxes, normal utility bills and bought something I have wanted for a LONG time). One will come again, just have to have patience and some money stashed.
If your doing it for a living, I can see buying a USA made one, or at the very least a spare cylinder. Otherwise, watch CL/estate sales, etc and as I was told long ago (took a while to learn), patience.