It's interesting to hear about folks who will or won't buy guitars online. My nearest large music store is manned by a couple of twenty-somethings who are rather supercillious and don't play acoustic...I just go there to play various instruments, wouldn't buy anything other than bridge pins from them ...It's fun to shop prices online, but I'd certainly patronize a good mom and pop store for an additional fifty or seventy-five bucks or so on a guitar if I could find one...It'd be nice to find music store folks with personality and playing talent who listen when you tell them what you want. My experience in many music stores is that I'm either ignored or hustled (you're from Cape Cod? well that's an additional 5$ off!...actually heard that one). I'm sure guitar shop workers must suffer through a lot of boring, showoffy folks as well...remember the "No Stairway to Heaven" sign in Wayne's guitar shop?
Although it is one of life's great little thrills to arrive home and find delivery of a long tall rectangular cardboard box, I'd like nothing more to be within an hour's drive of a great store with attentive, talented, knowledgable personel who occasionally would call me with an offer of an exceptional new or used guitar, who could take care of electronic problems quickly and reasonably, who could manage thirty seconds pleasant chat when doing business. Until then, I'm stuck with the internet.