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.