I do most of the maintenance for my bikes (changing frayed cables, adjusting derailleurs, making fit changes etc etc). I went into my LBS looking for a derailleur cable for my winter bike, I walk in, ask for a cable. $4.00 is handed over and I walk out. I was reading into different cables etc, and realized there are zinc cables, galvanized cable, stainless steel, stainless steel with teflon etc etc. So I ask my bike shop if the cables they sell are stainless. "No, just regular steel" the guy behind the counter replies, "Can I have stainless instead?", "yeah, but it'll cost you more" hands me a $25 set of two Shimano shifter cables.
Do they not have stainless steel cables in bulk? I go online and find stainless steel jagwire for $4.00 a piece. I'm not angry that they sold me zinc cables for the same price, but do you really only stock zinc cables for the common people, and dura-ace for the rest of your posh clientele?
note:maybe the title should read, "How am I supposed to shop at THIS LBS again" because the website I went onto is owned by another physical bike shop that is local to somebody besides me.