Discussion Topic: Lower Prices Vs. Local Fly Shops

Maryland recently passed a law that prohibits manufacturers from requiring retailers to charge minimum prices for their goods, and legal experts say as many as 30 other states could do the same. Our friends over at middcurrent.com point out that this could mean--for one thing--much cheaper flyfishing equipment, particularly from online shops and large retailers.

But that, says a commenter, could come with another price:

While in the short run there may be great deals for the consumer, in the long run, I think many shops will fall out. . . . Lots of folks would say great, let the competition begin. However, that opens the door to volume purchases and . . . discounts [that local shops could not compete with].

Do you agree? Would you want lower rod and reel prices if it meant not having a place to chew the fat and find out about the hot fly or hatches?