I'm either in for a nasty shock or a pleasant surprise in a few weeks time.
I wandered into my lbs yesterday and asked for a price on a Brooks B17. Only one shop in Adelaide stocks them (and then only as a token) and they have a B17 for $159. ChainReaction have always been the best value internet shop for the Brooks and, landed on my doorstep, it was going to cost about $130 ... which stinks because the last one I bought cost me $90 from them.
So I thought I'd try my lbs. He ran his supplier, and got a price of $110 So I ordered it on the spot. Trouble is, they're out of stock but the next batch is due in a few weeks (at Christmas time, yeah, right, I'll believe that when it happens). Naturally, the price will depend on the pricing on the new shipment and with the Aussie Peso taking diving lessons at the moment
So, what will I wind up paying for this saddle? $110 ? $210 ?
We can only wait and see.
Incidentally, I'll pay whatever he charges - this year, the poor bloke has spent far too much time trying to source obscure products that prove not to be available in this country and deserves some return on his time and effort. I asked about ten items yesterday, one he had on the shelf, another was the Brooks and the third comes from a distibutor notorious for lies, distortions and failing to fill orders they've happily accepted, the other seven items will all be sourced over the internet.