« on: April 07, 2017, 04:53:03 PM »
IME, it all depends on the specific item. Some stuff is cheaper, some wildly more expensive (usually the smaller hardware pieces). I try to buy local, and the convenience of walking in and picking up whatever you need the day before brew day can't be beat, but often for big orders I'll price it out on-line and locally and see where it comes out.
We've got >10% sales tax over by here, which can get pricey quickly. At least for equipment. I'm not sure what taxes apply to grains, etc. but I'm sure they get well taxed.
Grain gets taxed as food in IL. Never paid attention to hops and yeast, though.