Re: Have you ever purchased through a co-op?
I have bought yarn from coop. It really isn't cheaper. I do however like that I get to choose my colorway to some degree and I also get my pick of trim.
I have bought natural soaps from coop. These I have found cheaper. Locally they cost me $5 a 5oz bar. I don't really have any scent or additive options. From coop it has cost with shipping and insurance included about $3.35-$4 for a 5oz bar. I then get to choose scents and additives if I am buying by the loaf.
Some coops after adding in coop fees, ship to host, ship to me, and insurance I find them to save me nothing and at times even cost more.