This is what I am more or less required to do because Ireland is small and was always supplied by the British suppliers but there is a substantial customs barrier in the way now, thanks to Brexit. I can order from the continent but it takes forever. So places like aromatherapy shops, vape shops, health food stores, the pharmacy, ebay, and suppliers of industrial cleaning products have become sources for me for photographic chemicals.I'm not in Canada, so take this with a grain of NaCl...
I actually get much of my chemistry from, well, wherever. Stuff like sodium carbonate I get from the supermarket, vitamin C (for developers) from drugstores/health food stores, sodium sulfite and bisulfite from brewer's supplies stores or retailers of spices and seasonings. Stronger stuff like hydroxides and mineral acids from stores that retail cleaning products. Muriatic acid and dilute acetic acid (8%) are commonly retailed for cleaning purposes by e.g. hardware stores. Then there's retailers of products for the heritage sector/museums/restoration that also carry useful items. It's really only the photography-specific chemistry I get from specialized retailers.
My strategy has always been to just search around a little bit and when finding a useful source, go through their product list and order anything that looks useful if I'm ordering a particular item anyway.
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