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On prices (when shipping vs. local sales taxes are factored in) along with selection (especially for the hundreds of smaller, mostly AM items that can't hardly be sourced from any US operation in any reasonable amount of time at any price).
I think the big US distributors and importers really ought "to be making a big deal of this" and adjusting their business models accordingly. The entire distribution/retail system in the US is being left in the dust.
When prices are about equal, and speed of delivery is reasonable, if I have to go to an overseas, on-line source for almost all of the AM stuff I'm looking for, I might as well order the kits from that same source, too. I know that this is really hurting our two LHS's and their both pulling their metaphorical hair out over the poor service that they're getting from their distributors:
"Oh, sorry, we don't carry that line of kits anymore. Our competitor, such and so, is the only authorized importer now."
"Oh hey, just calling you up to let you know we have a new catalog - with new higher prices - out effective immediately."
"No, sorry, we can't get that. We don't carry those - just not enough demand to make it worth our while. Besides, they have hundreds of different PE sets and we can't afford to stock them all."
"Well, yes, I know that we're the exclusive US importers for 'X,' and yes I know it's been available on-line overseas for the last three months, but our shippment hasn't arrived yet... Sorry that you're losing sales, but I can't do anything until our container arrives and clears customs...)
I'm waiting for one of the major US distributor / importers to figure out that they need to hire a couple of locals and rent a storage unit in Hong Kong. Connect that little operation by internet for real-time ordering and expand their selection to include all of the low-demand AM products that they can't stock now. Have those local guys run around on Mopeds to collect up the items ordered (or take delivery of them at their "ware house") and then have them box it all up and make daily (or every other day, or whatever) FEDEX / UPS / DIEL shipments to the US. Heck, because this operation would be under their direct control, maybe they'd even get a little slack from the US customs folks by essentially shipping to themselves.
On the other hand, some enterprising HK businessman is liable to figure out first that he just needs a "little warehouse" operation here in the US, and then he can chump all of the US distributors and importers himself. Imagine ordering from "Hobby Easy" and getting your order direct from their US operation. Daily UPS shipments from HK to the US would mean that your order was delivered to the US in 48 hours or less and on its way to you from their US operation in less than 24 hours after that - say 5-6 day average for all orders with some as fast as 3-4 days. "Hobby Easy" then muscles in on "Stevens" and "MMD" for your LHS's business. Then, when you go to your LHS and ask if they can get you some Voyager PE or Spade Ace tracks, they say "yes." "How 'bout them apples?"
(Or horror of horrors for your LHS, imagine that Amazon figures out that there's a hobby market that they can tap into?)
At any rate, the US distributors / importers need to figure out some better way to do business. Because if the big boy distributor / importers can't figure out some way to "crack the code" on prices and selection to make themselves (and their LHS customers) competitive with internet operations, then all their days are numbered (as are the days of the LHS).