Shopping around has its advantages, and having a great, long-term relationship with a dealer has its advantages. I've only bought guitars from Jack Gretz for over 20 years, beginning long before he opened his own shop. I don't much care if something is available elsewhere, I'm not interested. In fact, I've been contacted by dealers because I expressed interest in a model here, and have told them no thanks. Jack's a great vendor, and I like the friendship and the service. He knows he's my exclusive guitar vendor, and always gives me a good price. Maybe that's owing to our history, or maybe it's just how Jack rolls, because he gave me good prices long before I was a regular customer. We're all different. I value service first and foremost. Most price differences don't amount to more than lunch money*. I can skip a lunch for the right guitar/dealer combination. *I'll admit that sometimes I can get a little spendy on a good lunch!!!