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My thoughts (based on a conversation with someone who knows retail):

It has to do with import (shipping) costs. Retailers want/need (I assume) to offer it at a competitive price to other substrates. What ends up happening is they end up offering it for sale at maybe a dollar more than it cost them to get it (per bag). So, when you take into accoutn overhead, time, etc... the retailers actually lose money selling it. If they were to sell it at a profit, the cost would be so high that only very few would actually purchase it.

That's my take anyway...
 
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