I am considering some flooring renovations at home and I stopped into a local and apparently successful flooring store to get a materials price. It was not one of the box stores. I was quoted $1,000 plus shipping and tax. As it is an uncommon type of flooring I am unsurprised that it was not in stock.
I then checked an on-line distributor of the same flooring. They are situated in Ontario. They quoted me $420 plus tax delivered to my driveway by Federal Express.
I want to deal locally. I really do! However I am not that stupid and I refuse to be hosed by a local vendor. I continue to be amazed that local retailers are not aware or don’t care that buyers are more informed than they used to be and have choices.