Yes, fair trade sometimes costs more, but not always. For instance, the fair trade gift items I've bought from The Hunger Site cost less then similar items I saw at the mall (even when shipping was factored in).
There's some things that just aren't available to buy fair trade...yet!
There's other things that are available, but not convenient. For instance, Halloween candy. I CAN get it, but its not available in any of the stores I shop at...so I have to order online ahead of time.
So, do I beat myself up for this? Nope. I focus on what I can do in stead of what I can't. I try to buy free trade where it's feasible and reasonable to do so. For instance, my chocolate habit...there is free trade chocolate at the supermarket, and though it's in the gourmet isle and costs a little more then some other brands, I can afford to eat a little less and pay more for that. I figure this helps support a free trade company, and maybe sends a message to big brand companies too (if they see fair trade succeeding they might try it too), and it keeps those products on the shelf and not in mail order. (Oh, and here's a cool tool to help you find fair trade products near you.)
So, here's my question for you for Aloha Friday today (the question meme I participate in here now and then):
Have you ever tried a fair trade product, and if so what did you try and what did you think of it?