Originally Posted by 1911fan
Same here, except I prefer to try on clothing before I buy. So, most of my gear comes from a local dealer. I get about 50/50 of my other stuff locally and online. Sometimes it's more convenience than price.
There's a shop a couple blocks from my house, owned and run by a great guy. I pay a little more than I could elsewhere to keep him in business.
Agree... If I am working with a brick and mortar shop, I never expect them to beat or even meet mail-order. If they are not too much higher, I'll buy. Got a local shop and some of the consumables are 60-100% higher than mail-order. I can't justify that. On the other hand, I've purchased several helmets from them, and other things.
Again, I will NOT go to a dealer with the express purpose of sizing stuff that I know I plan to buy online. That's a douche move and I applaud others that feel the same way.