I have noticed that Keter Judaica, the American importer for Mishkan HaTchelet seems t have some pretty outrageous markups.

Example 1: Keter Traditional Touch Tallit (M"T Tzemer A.A.) (size 55)

  • Keter: $140
  • M"T: ₪299 (roughlt $80 at the time of this posting)

Example 2: tzitzit (cotton begged) (size 6=24)

  • Keter: $13.50 ($18 at local fromm Judaica store)
  • M"T: ₪19 (roughly $5)

While I haven't done out the math here, the price difference is pretty stark, which leads to my question: are these markups actually kosher?

  • Why would they be 'non-kosher'? Do the Shekel prices include shipping stateside? – Double AA Jun 11 '15 at 2:53
  • @DoubleAA, no, but I can't see the shipping being up to twice the cost per item in the quantities that they'd need to import for business. They'd presumably also receive bulk discounts, as I've heard is standard in wholesale. I should actually probably be saying yashar (upright) following R' Breuer's philosophy of kosher v'yausher. – Noach MiFrankfurt Jun 11 '15 at 3:32
  • Choshen Mishpat 231, toward the end. – msh210 Jun 11 '15 at 4:44
  • You would need to check the increases due to the middlemen (if there are any) and the actual shipping costs. What would it coust to get ordered directly from Eretz Yisroel? – sabbahillel Jun 11 '15 at 16:06
  • @sabbahillel, If I order from Ben's Tallit Shop, the Tzemer AA would cost $91 with shipping – Noach MiFrankfurt Jun 11 '15 at 16:09

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