what about shipping and the DOT regs? Here's a quick message from a friend for you to consider:
"Add another factor in: my husband and I recently talked to the driver of the truck which transported our stuff to the West Coast (owns his own truck, has done this for decades, knows the industry well.) He said with regulations implement...ed by DOT at the start of this year, transport costs for goods are going to skyrocket in the coming months. The changes are designed to protect drivers from fatigue, but they include limits on how many hours drivers can work/drive per day. That will lead to longer delivery times & added expenses which get passed on to consumers."