Thinking of building a new bike. I've started checking out eBay and of course found all sorts of stuff. It appears I could save hundreds of $$ with eBay. Some are overseas, others are not. Many are new and going for 50-75% of the retail price. Their feedback is 99-100%. I know many riders say support your local bike shop. However, I do all my own maintenance, know where to ride, and only visit the LBS when I need a tube quick. I've always seen the local bike shop as something more for Ma and Pa to shop at(smaller town) or buy a complete bike (LBS in a major city) when a good deal arrives.
People also say support your local hardware store, but I still shop at Home Depot.
Anyone have comments on eBay purchases and NOT why I should shop at my LBS?