Usually, anything that costs over $50 I buy at tower hobbies or speedmart. Even with shipping it saves money. The only downside is it takes about a week if you ship standard.
The hobby town closest to me really sucks. The owners are Indian (not trying to be racist or anything), and they really don't know anything about r/c. They hired this guy to help out since he knows about r/c, but he is so cocky and makes u feel stupid if you don't buy stuff he thinks is good. He doesn't even try helping you. Their prices are wack anyways so I only go there to buy stuff like solder and little things.
Another thing is that the owner tries to sell me stuff I don't even want. Kinda like when you go to mexico and they keep bugging you untill you buy it. I was walking down the isle, and took a glance at a pit bag, then he comes up and tries to sell me a $800 RTR buggy. He tells me it is the real thing just because it is heavy!