Did I say I prefer the Larger retailers? You might reread my post rather than making something up to fit your mindset.
In terms of being "inefficient" I can hardly call stacking up thousands of pre-orders on a camera they don't have in order to secure sales, telling people they'll be waiting for two months, good efficiency.
I know there were smaller retailers that were shipping major releases far faster than the "efficient" retailers you prefer.
HERE IT IS AGAIN
"There is a much better reason to buy locally, and it comes when your local dealer provides good service. I buy locally as well as from mail order houses, depending on the situation. (small local dealers do not sell all brands and models)"
I own and run a small business, so I know what efficiency is, and it has nothing to do with taking pre-orders. It has to do with keeping my overhead cost down so that I do not have to inflate prices to survive.
I think I was more drawn to your impression of the "inefficient" smaller retailers. Which, if a person shops at smaller retailers and calls them "inefficient" while making the point, I would tend to lean towards thinking that person prefers the Big & Huge guys.
Sorry for the misunderstanding and thank you for clarifying your point.
Some thing happens to the Big & Huge guys when they get Big & Huge, they forget where they came from and will stop at nothing to crush the competition. Even if it means selling products below cost and extremely far below legal MAP pricing.
It's simple: People need to adhere to MAP (and there are a select few who don't.) However, no retailer that I've ever seen, unless they're willing to commit financial suicide, is selling things at an inflated price in the overpriced camera biz. It's more often the case that products are being sold well below dealer cost. Legally speaking: HOW?
If there are ever prices in question, check that particular retailers price and then check the price at the manufacturers website. If the two are different, one of two things have happened: 1) either they're violating MAP or 2) they haven't made the price adjustment to match the MAP set pricing. If you ever determine those prices are different, the dealership should be reported to the manufacturer in order to correct the situation.