Originally Posted by camiller
Then again, if you realize on brew day that you forgot to order something and your LHBS went out of business due to online competition you can't just hop over and get what you need.
I do try to support my LHBS but I wont lie, I participate in group buys and buy online occasionally when I want something that the LHBS doesn't stock.
Full disclosure, I work part time (Saturdays only) at my LHBS so I do benefit from an employee discount.
I try and get things through my local brew store. I even see if they can order something that they don't have.
I'm still waiting on a mill and I'm about to give up on them though.
I buy online a little more simply because the store is 2 1/2 hours from me.
In my old truck, that's a lot of money in gas if I'm not going there in the first place.
I still want to support them though. They are good people, their prices are fair when you factor everything in, and having the store present is good for the hobby.