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Yes dbockel2, around here it’s known as “The Australia Tax”. Sometimes the freight costs more than the goods & academic tomes & pop songs are written concerning “The Tyranny Of Distance”.
Meanwhile we are dismantling our manufacturing sector just because we can sell stuff to the rest of the world that we either dig up or grow & then import what we want or need instead of making it ourselves. There are so many future costs associated with this strategy that I fear that we will indeed end up as the banana republic as predicted three decades ago by an astute prime minister for this very reason.
As regards diamond plates, I’m still looking for an affordable option to replace my 6”x2” plates with 3”x8” plates. 2” plates are OK for chisels but once you start using plane blades wider than 2”, you have to skew the blade on the plate.