I needed some contact tips for my spoolgun. (the design on it is kinda crappy…there isn’t enough cooling from the gas lens and sometimes when doing low wire speed jobs on thin aluminum the wire will melt into the tip and solidify when you stop and then you gotta replace the tip) and while they are a common Miller tip, they were unavailable in my town….the TSC had none in stock, the Menards and Home Depot had none in stock, and the local small business gas supplier also was out…he could get some in a week…..maybe. They were available at the welding supply store store (spendy!), but that is 40 miles away….
But in one day, I got what I needed from Amazon at half the price from what the welding store had. Same brand too.
The local places complain that Amazon is killing them, and of that I have no doubt. But not having stock on a common item caused folks like me to go elsewhere. I tried “Local” first.