My first order was with an out-of-state vendor that "has a presence" here in Texas (and 4 other states). My $629 radio would cost me $669. Shipping was free. Order cancelled.
I looked around at the offerings from other out-of-state vendors who also offered free shipping and selected the same radio at the same price. The price for the FT-891 to be delivered to my door $629 total. Ordered.
I really like both vendors and have done a good amount of business with them before. But through no fault of their own, the first vendor (a top notch outfit in every respect) requires more out of my pocket in order to do business with them. And that extra $40 doesn't even go to them. Pay an extra $40 to Uncle Sam for the privilege of doing business with Vendor 1 - I don't think so.
The concept of customer loyalty is alive and well with me and I am happy to pay a bit more for a product from someone with whom I've done business and who has treated me well - but there is a limit and, as mentioned, Vendor #1 wasn't even the recipient of my additional potential expense.
The FT-891 will be here in a week or so. Tax free.