A typical shopping trip in Australia for me.
Me - Goes to shop that could reasonably be expected to sell ITEM. "Do you have ITEM?"
Shop - "What is an ITEM?"
Me - Shows diagram or picture, "One of these."
Shop - Looks at me like I am a bug squashed on the sole of their shoe. "There is no such thing as ITEM."
Me - "Yes there is. Could you order one in for me?"
Shop - "No. We only stock NOT-ITEM. You should buy NOT-ITEM as it is what we want to sell."
Me - "Sorry, I can't use NOT-ITEM for what I want to do with ITEM." Leaves shop, goes home (via several other shops with same result, if I am feeling particularly masochistic). Orders online. Has it a few days later.
Shop (to government) - Waaaaaaaaah. We can't compete in a free market by selling crap no-one actually wants to buy. Waaaaaaaaaaaah. Protect us from the evil foreners! Their supplying what the customer actually wants is unfair trade! Waaaaaaaaaaaah.