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I agree with the previous two threads. However, there is another side of the issue. Now this is coming from a guy who's dream is to own a bait shop and currently sell a few reels over the internet. In my area I do not have a local shop that's worth a crap and I know it's different in your area and trust me the shops in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Pensacola get plenty of my money. If you don't think the BPS, Academy, etc is local go in and see the people that work there. It's not locally owned but its employees are local and the sales tax stays local.We had a BPS open in our area just over a year ago and the tax rate is 10% and it's always packed. Just saying supporting the local guy is great but BPS is supportit's local employees. (I am not employed by BPS)