Re: What the heck is going on with the primer supply?
For a lot of things like technology, just take the price in $ and substitute a £. The numbers are the same but the exchange rate is about $1.60/£.
Many things like primers are imported from the US, so we have the transportation costs and import tarriffs.
Most things are more expensive because we have big government. Here in the UK there is a national VAT of 20% that is automatically added to the price of most things (some foods are exempt, as is children's clothing). No sales tax to add on. The price on the packet is what you pay, including VAT. The VAT goes into a government budget black hole that is used to pay EU dues and fines, and entitlements to politicians and other terrorists and leaches on society. It also goes (along with our income tax) toward the National Healthcare System.
The price of fuel (gas and diesel) is between 70-80% tax. Our heat and electricity bills have gone up significantly because of government's demands for green energy.
There is also a difference in mentality. In the US, Places like Golden Corral succeed by making a little profit off lots of sales. As the Scots say, "Many a mickle maks a muckle".
Restaurants and other places over here go for making a large profit from a few sales. While we have fast food restaurants and very expensive places to eat, there are relatively few places like Olive Garden or Applebees where you can get a reasonable meal at a reasonable cost, unless you go to a pub (which I don't do much).
My local gun shop may be slightly more expensive but I try to support him as much as possible.