So..long time amateur and capable DIY'er. I've recently found my passion for wood again. So have been scouting around various sites - carbatec, bunnings, mitre10 + many others to locate good quality woodworking tools. I also have bought from UK and USA stores for diamond sharpening stones and chisels etc. I generally avoid cheap cheap brands as they don't seem to last, be upto the job or indeed be square and true. That's not to say cheap(er) tools aren't useful as they often are.
I have been perusing for both power tools but also hand tools. The example below is fairly typical of what I see this side of the planet - and yes I understand we have some challenges re buying power, logistics, shipping etc but I'm beginning to think it's more price gouging, exclusive suppliers to NZ / OZ that are artificially price hiking / anti competitive.
Good quality sash clamp in UK - https://www.screwfix.com/p/irwin-record-135-series-sash-clamp-48-1219mm/67348
The identical sash clamp in NZ - https://www.bunnings.co.nz/irwin-flat-bar-sash-clamp-1220mm_p00109916
UK price - $15.99 including VAT
NZ price - $109 including GST.
That's a multiplier of nearly x7. The current exchange rate is x1.89
While appreciating I can import or source in different countries and ship here, the challenges I am coming up against more often than not are " we don't ship that to NZ as they have an exclusive and / or local distributor", we can ship it but for 6 clamps it's going to cost $400 etc etc.
I have read similar complaints for folks living in OZ but I find their prices to be significantly cheaper than NZ and a $4.5K table saw there turns into a $5.8k purchase here - from the same company / supplier. Doing the simple conversion rate brings it closer to $4.9k. It's similar for other power tools.
Am i missing something. Are there NZ suppliers out there offering competitive pricing on good quality tools or am I chasing down a rabbit hole on this ? Keen to hear thoughts and any suggestions are sourcing tools.