I’m an electronics/computer hobbyist, my spouse is a textile crafter. We’re pensioners, so we’re on limited budgets. We’re also quite determined to buy as much as we can locally. We buy most of our dairy, meat, vegetables, and bread fresh and locally, or at the local food hub, and that costs a little more. But we also don’t spend unnecessary money on processed foods so it balances. It leaves us without much money to spend frivolously.
So when it comes to items for our hobbies, we find over and over again that if an item is even available here, it’s generally two (and sometimes as much as five or more) times as expensive as the same item bought online and from overseas sources. Same item, half or quarter price. that’s pretty persuasive.
Things like small electronics components, microprocessor boards, yarns and dyes, and smaller craft items, all fall under this “not essential, not affordable at domestic prices” category. And I’ve done the pricing and even things such as plumbing fittings, home repair / DIY, kitchen and cleaning equipment, and clothes are far cheaper online than in stores. What’s a person to do?
So we’ll keep buying locally, but when it comes to buying items produced overseas, imported to Australia by companies whose main offices are overseas, and paying their markups - we’d rather go to the source and cut out the middleman.