I have no problem going into a store, in fact I would prefer to go to a local store and purchase something from them. The problem is when they don’t have it and have to order it. Why not just order it myself and save some money while it’s delivered to my house to boot.
That's when I buy stuff online, this stuff is not available in town. I bought an endoscope, you're not going to find that at Bi-Mart, Kmart, Walmart, Anymart.
I bought a 3D laser level recently.
Nowhere in town can you buy one, even at the local lumber store. You could probably buy one there, or at Ace or true value but you'd be buying a Milwaukee. I spent $175ish wish for me is crazy, but damn if I'll spend $600 on something that I may not use very often. I also need a Milwaukee battery and charger.
I had a cheap infrared thermometer years ago. I loved it, and use it so oftem that i decided to buy a better one ...... I went off the deep end and bought a Fluke 62 Max+ it records temperatures up to 1200 degrees which I figured might have some use automotive wise, maybe when checking exhaust temperatures.
I wanted the best, I wanted accuracy, and I probably spent $175 bucks for the thing.
After buying it I discovered that the accuracy of the temperature isn't actually that important. I had used mine to find heat tubing in the floors. It wouldn't matter if it was off by 10° because I'm measuring heat VARIATION, which has no bearing on actual temperature when searching for heating tubes in gypcrete.
What sold me on the Fluke was the higher temperature that it could record. My old one went up to 550° or so, and that's not nearly enough when cooking a chimichanga in the microwave
I also bought a laser measuring device for $37, because the Bosch was a lot more expensive at the number yard. After buying my El cheapo, i discovered it could measure distances to 160 ft and the Bosch could only measure to 50 or 60 ft.
The laser dot on the Bosch wasn't as bright, either. I'm glad I didn't buy local.
I did two measurements with my $37 laser and with a Leica/Disto laser measurement tools. Measuring from a table top to a far wall both units measured 74 ft, 4 and 13/16 inches.
At the time the Leica was purchased I believe it cost $850, and it was dead on to the 16th of an inch the same as my $37 unit.
Both can measure angles square feet cubic feet etc.
That said, if it's in stock and it's something I need I would much, much prefer to my locally but being in a small area there is very little selection or what you want to buy can't be bought. If the local businesses sold what I was looking for then they could make some money. Like I said, nobody's going to stock an endoscope locally.
Nobody locally sells Fluke tools.
Small towns have their disadvantages but the advantages for outweigh the alternative. If it can be ordered I'll happily wait and purchase locally.