I posted the following recently at the SSCA forum, responding to an OP about WM pricing. Then I read this thread and thought I would post it again.
"I am in Malaysia
, island of Langkawi. I can order from the WM catalog, which local retailers provide me with, and pay exactly the same on most things as you do walking into a WM store in Duluth or Vancouver.
Of course, local shops order through Port Supply, the WM wholesaler, but they pay the shipping
, have it here in four days and make enough profit to make it worthwhile for them.
though, I had quite a large order a while back. About $4,000. I worked out that I could order it from Defender, pay the shipping
(it included 250' of HT chain and, no, it would not be included in the other guy's four-day delivery
offer) and still get it here for far less than ordering from the WM catalog and have the shipping paid.
I ordered from Defender, a sweet young woman in their office held my hand, and it arrived by sea and I saved hundreds."