It's like that everywhere! Here in Switzerland, a customs surcharge is added to the purchase price, which is really cheeky!
That's why I usually combine shopping in Germany / France or Italy with a motorcycle trip lasting several days. Most of the time the weather is right too. . .that's how it is done! All facts, your posts are correct!
Wait and see, at some point the tables will turn and national specialists will be in demand again, even if the price is a little higher.
Look positively ahead, hobbyist greetings your Michel-Claude
PS: 3D printers are already cheap. But please buy middle class here as well and if someone can teach me what these devices are about, report it! Personal experiences are wanted here and really welcome!