We do our best to shop local and support local. We have two small hobby stores in our area. Not complete gaming stores, but they do stock a range, and there are a couple of Irish webstores as well. Everything we can buy local, we do, and I’m glad to have local stores, and understand that supporting them means it’s more likely they will stock more games and in turn support the community in future. I have no interest in competitive play, but at the same time, I would love to see tournaments and organised play happen near us.
It is hard not to see the price difference between here and America, and not feel put out, though. I understand it’s a matter of economics: volume, shipping etc. Doesn’t mean it isn’t a bitter pill. In order to be a better brother and not hurt his luggage allowance, we got Damien to carry over a selection of smaller items: boosters, dice, small card games, Data Packs. All the shiny, unnecessary, wonderful, nonsensical bits, that are of course must-buys for the discerning gamer. Buying it all over here would have been €94. It cost Damien, who lives in America, €63 (after exchange) to get it all. That’s a big difference for just a few small items, so we take advantage while we can.
That doesn’t mean I don’t love my brother. I mean, I can love him AND take advantage of him, can’t I?