Soooo...you want to find a dealer close to you, who either has it in stock or can get it in a day with no extra rush shipping charges, but still will probably give your business to an internet site. The internet site who is probably out of state, doesn't have to deal with California's oppressive business climate, and quite possibly doesn't even have an actual store, and just drop ships from a master distributor.
When every dealer in every major town is gone, you guys will have no one to blame but yourselves. You can't have it both ways. One of my suppliers has a great saying: You can have anything you want, and you get to choose two of the three following conditions: Fast, Good, and Cheap. Rarely will you get all three.
Support your local businesses if they offer quality service and products.