So I should never test drive a car and leave the lot without buying it because I've used up the car salesman's time, the dealership paid for the car to be on the lot and I used them to find out if the car had all the features I was looking for and therefore preventing me from making a $30,000 fuck up.
Does it make a difference if my local board shop, Powder & Sun, is technically based in Wrightwood, CA and has a shop here in Vegas, allowing me to buy online and pick it up locally so they don't have to spend $15 shipping it down the street 3 blocks and I don't have to pay sales tax or is that still scummy? I guess so since I'm scamming Uncle Sam out of his 8.1% sales tax.
Anyway, back to the original post. KentoBento, it's a great time to buy since most people are still in the summer mindset. They'll be just limited inventory but if you look hard enough you'll sometimes get lucky and find exactly what you're looking for.
One thing to be aware of is the return policy since it's morally wrong to try something and buy it elsewhere. Some shops will have an "all sales are final" or "no return, no exchange" policy for sale items. Most online places will accept a better return to stay competitive, but you'll have to pay for return shipping or use a prepaid label from the company which will be deducted from your refund.
Good luck on your hunt.