Interesting point system there.
I'm gonna jump in on the buying local point. Until my local shop will let me return equipment that I have tried and do not like, or until they have their own warranty that lasts for a solid long time (years, not 60 days), Dogfunk and Backcountry will have my business.
Pretty much the only thing I will buy local is art and food. Maybe if an actual snowboard company made boards locally, I would buy... but only if I liked them.