Not sure if this conflicts with the "where can I buy this the cheapest" discussion, but I thought this is interesting. Please feel free to delete if needed.
I am originally from the UK, but left 12 years ago and have lived both in mainland Europe and the US. Based on where I have lived and the fact that I travel alot for work I hardly ever buy things in Holland. I still buy alot of things in the UK and the US when I travel and mostly buy things on the internet. 99% of the time things are much cheaper.
However, I have discovered how cheap Europe is compared to other places for bike parts, especially European ones (I know this seems like common sense but check the price of a BMW in Europe compared to the UK or the US). I recently bought a 2011 Campagnolo Super Record Ti crankset for 579 Euros, and the equivalent in the UK from one of the well known good value internet stores worked out at 773 Euros. Even in the US this is $900, the equivalent of 650 Euros.
Yesterday I bought a Tacx Spider Team workstand and the same thing happened, 130 Euros here with free shipping and the UK equivalent is 180 Euros
Not advertising, or anything like that - this just opened my eyes to how much of a price difference there is around the world on the same product, and for once I am in the place that offers amazing value.