I pay the $8 in Orlando JUST TO GO SEE THE WEIRDOS AND MALL NINJAS!!!
I agree the shoe is a good place to SHOP, since you'll find almost anything there, but I have my favorite shop on speed dial to check prices while I'm there...
I don't buy much on emotion any more, so I can go with $500 in my pocket... in case I find what I'm looking for.
I've also sold two guns at shows for MUCH more than the shops would give me in trade. Kind of like trading in a car. The dealer will screw you, but you can get more for it in the paper (or in this case, the gun show...).
Go to shop, and go to sell, and go to watch the freaks!
I bought my Taurus PT145 at a show as did my buddy with his 9mm and had no issues. Theres always a risk, but just be carefull. HG