We had hoped to get some support from local store Quest. The prices there are higher than the huge companies like Dick's or Cabela's but I'd like to believe the supporting small business is the ethical thing to do. Growing up, I worked for Frank Otte Nursery and I always believed what we lacked in prices we made up for in service, knowledge, and communication. Unfortunately, after speaking to management at Quest and being told they'd help us out if we get them a list of our needs, our future efforts at communication (when we drafted a list) has received no response. We have to move forward without their support because we're going to try to go camping this weekend to test gear and discover what we still are missing.
If I end up going to Cabela's today I will certainly feel a bit icky, but I guess I don't feel as bad since I've already supported Quest with some of my purchases for the trip.
Balancing costs with supporting local business is tricky but important for every member of society to consider carefully.