For a mere 5 or 10 bucks, I tend to agree. But for many of us outside of the US, we're not talking 5 or 10 bucks....at least it's the case where I live.I've heard of people going into a local shop, trying out the gear and then buying that same gear online to save five bucks. To me, that's just total douche.
Couple of examples in the last few years:
24" Giant Beat ride = A$900 from my local store. Online = A$450 delivered to my door.
14x6.5 Ludwig Hammered Bronze snare = A$1,100 from the same store. Online = $550 to my door.
I could go on, but it's just more of the same.
What would you guys do? To me that level of saving is a no brainer and as much as I'd love to throw the money at the store that's sorted me out for over 25 years.....I just can't afford to do so. Only an idiot would IMHO.
Loyalty is an admirable trait.....but what good is my loyalty when it puts me in the poorhouse?