I have to shop for some baby gifts. So I did a quick search. If I want to buy a high quality toy in Israel, I need to be prepared to spend a lot of money. But I never do that if I can avoid it!
I used to stock up at TJMaxx, Marshalls, Ross, etc - I'd buy great toys (on clearance, whenever possibel) by Melissa and Doug and other quality companies, and keep them hanging around till someone needed a gift. Sometimes we even stocked up at Target, Kmart, or the thrift shop (you'd be surprised at the number of new, still shrink-wrapped toys I found at Goodwill!)...
So I wanted to get a Melissa and Doug toy.
Here's an example.
Take this Melissa and Doug Fishing Puzzle Game (I happen to already own this - picked it up at Ross one day, I believe, and ended up giving it to one of my own children!)
I checked around, and here in an Israeli store, it costs 69 ILS + 14.90 for delivery. That's 83.90 to have it delivered.
On Fishpond, the Magnetic Fishing Game costs $14.95, including shipping. Today that is about 59 ILS. For the exact same product.
Why are we Israeli customers expected to pay so much more? Isn't time to stop allowing "them" to take advantage of "us"?