I guess that we here in the US are spoiled by the number and
variety of suppliers. I am surprised that you, in the UK, have to
order from suppliers here in the States. Isn't there some company
comparable to Rio Grand, perhaps on a smaller scale, in the UK?
I use Rio for some things and it is all down to price.
Prices from Rio in the US and Cooksons or Walsh in the UK
Dialux Green Vert Polish $5.50 (In the UK $6.71)
22m solid blue wax tube $4.40 (UK $10.20)
Foredom handpiece no 30 $46.50 ($96.39)
Vertical platinum casting machine $995 (UK $2,187) -
Though I just got oneoff Ebay for $170
Diamond Tester $85 (UK$221)
To make the saving on shipping cost effective, I only do a few bulk
orders each year.
In addition to the direct cost saving, rio Grande offers more
gadgets than can be easily found in the UK.
For some reason the carrier that Rio use doesn't hit me with any
import tax. If I order from another supplier and the item comes via
Fedex I am aften hit with 25%ish import tax.