We, in the hammock camping community, are fortunate to have a number of folks working from their homes, supplying us with the products we need to pursue this grand obsession. To a man and woman, they are good, decent folk who deserve our support any time we open our wallets.
They are not always the cheapest source for a given product, because little guys buying in small quantities simply cannot compete head to head with high volume retailers. They more than make up for this, in my view, with personal service, quick shipping (same day, in many cases), advice, and friendship.
My plea: do business with them every chance you get. As attractive as group buys, group discounts, and volume pricing may be, they take desperately needed business away from the cottage folk that contribute so much to this community. If you want them here tomorrow, support them today.