Prefer to shop locally
Even for the added cost I really prefer to buy locally. I bit and ordered some stuff from out of province because I couldn't get it locally and I really wanted that particular item.... but going forward I'm going to either buy used off of guys at swaps (or here once I get that AV thing sorted out...) or new from my local shop that is practically around the corner and I have known the owners for 20 years...
I have enjoyed ordering some kit from a place called Varusteleka.com. I'm not sure which Scandinavian country they are in but they ship fast and some of their surplus stuff is just so ridiculously cheap that even if I ended up paying double with customs I would still be saving 30%... 13$ flat shipping to Canada and I haven't been hit with duty in 3 orders.