Originally Posted by coolhandluke
I try to purchase from the local stores in my town because they are mom and pop type places not a national chain like GC. So if it costs me 5 bucks more I think its worth it. That being said I usually only talk to the owners because I can try to get them to lower the price on some stuff.
I second that. I pretty much shop at locally owned stores, a bit at the local GC if they have some gear I can't get anywhere else.
It is being a total douchebag to go into a store, try out the gear, then buy it from someone else online. Really, really bad and harmful to local businesses. Anyone who has a job can understand this.