Sometimes, just sometime, you can get two or more vendors playing against each other. "Well so and so just offered me this rig for $$$ and you want $$$$"
Aside from some little stuff, I use the net. In fact I had some things on my shopping
list when I went to the St Pete boat show but not only were the prices higher, the vendors did not seem to want to deal. OK, I got to look at the goodies and then went home to order off the net.
It seems that the vendors haven't quite figured this out. I didn't want a huge discount but they should be aware of what the competition is doing. They lost
and still had to pay for the booth. Maybe that's why the boat shows seem to be going downhill?