I'm looking at buying a new commuter, and the one bike I really want to see in person is the Trek Portland. Every freaking Trek dealer I've contacted (and I live and work in the DC area, not like I'm in BFE) says "we don't stock them since there's no real demand, but we can order it". or "We've never seen one" Only issue I have is that they all want a non-refundable deposit should I not like the bike.
Ever run into something similar and how did you deal with it? We're obviously the red-headed stepchildren of the bike world from what I'm seeing.