Good shops that can help out with the track (or tark) goods are not the easiest to come by. I'm lucky enough to live 2 blocks from my favorite shop in town. I feel like I get great advise, but when it comes time to order things I need (this happens a lot for fixed parts and some tools) it takes forever and often costs more than it would on internet storefronts.
Am I just paying the "good advice tax"? What do you do when your bro at the LBS doesn't have what you need, but you know he'll get you the right thing? What do you do when you find out you could have got it quicker and cheaper by yourself?