In general I have tried to stay out of this fray having nothing particularly enlightning to say in support of capitalism. The reverse is also true. But shop employees, now I can go there. Here's in your face...
Originally posted by roballen
What is a fly shop employee worth to you??
With few exceptions, zip! Nada. Zero. I have personally found that the fewer such employees handling my purchases the better. Invariably, they know nothing, have nothing and can do nothing of importance towards meeting my needs. They will quickly try to sell me the wrong make, wrong color, wrong type, wrong size and rigged wrong. Maybe I just visit the wrong shops! And since no one gives a flying fling about customer service anymore...
Mail order works just fine, fewer **sholes to deal with.
Added: Actually this rant should be directed to the shop owner first (also an employee I guess), and his minions last.
...on a hopelessly honest day.