Last night, I went out and purchased brewing ingredients for my next three batches.
Being the tightwad that I am, I decided to compare the prices that I just paid locally to two popular websites - Northern Brewer
While comparing, I took into account local taxes for the LHBS and shipping charges for online orders. Here are the results for my shopping list. (the prices reflect different quantities. For instance, I may have purchased a couple ounces of one hops and only one ounce of another)
Conclusion, The LHBS is 12% more expensive than NB and NB is 26% more than Morebeer.
In other words, More beer is 42% cheaper than my LHBS, considering all factors. (In addition, I don't hafta drive 15 miles to take it in the A)
On a side note, it was much cheaper to buy my bulk american 2 row locally, only
because the shipping costs of 50#
Anyone else do a similar comparison with other eCommerce sites? Any better ones out there?
I understand that the 42% difference between the LHBS and Moore beer is due mostly to additional overhead costs but as a craft beer consumer on a malt liquor budget, buying online only makes sense to me.