I called to see if they had Nokian studded tires. They did. The mechanic didn't seem to know much about the tires in question (he got the width wrong, didn't know the name, etc), but that's understandable. They have a lot of tires there. He quoted me 40 something as a price, which was crazy low. I'm not the wildest about this store... I always feel pressured when I go in there. But it was much better to buy them at an LBS, save shipping, get them right away, support the local economy, etc. I go in and find the tires. I look at the price and say, "You quoted me a lot lower on the phone. This is still okay, but you said lower." He didn't say that. That's fine, I drop it immediately.
At $58, they're not that much more expensive than they are at peterwhitecycles.com, and there's all the aforementioned reasons to shop local, so I'm definitely getting them there. I ask the guy a little later if the people on the floor work on commission. I think he didn't like that. I told him that I often feel pressured in their store. He said that people that have only been riding for a few years may feel that way. His opinion was that he was knowledgable and admittedly opinionated and that he didn't mind being pushy sometimes. "People may wonder why I'm being pushy, but I commute to work when it's 9 degrees out and they'll be thanking me later when they're better equipped." It was an awkward conversation at best, so I thanked him and paid for my tires.
I think this is the feeling that keeps many beginning cyclists from getting into it too much. They feel as if the people that work at shops and the people that race, or have been riding for a long time are elitists. If a shop keeper/owner bullies you into buying something rather than explaining to you clearly why you need it, then you're going to be resentful, even if you did make a good purchase.