I'm with you on most of those points Mick. I buy paper and chemicals locally, so far, but buy my film in bulk in the US when I go there each year for work. There's a big difference between $3 a roll and $11 or $12.

I'm sure distributors and retailers realise that in this "flat world" they no longer have all the power, but in many cases it's not translating to cheaper shelf prices.