If your LFS
are like mine and the fish are covered with ich and velvet with dead or nearly dead tankmates then the shipping is well worth it. The only decent LFS
has about 12 tanks. Pretty much have to order through him, and he only orders once every 2-4 weeks. So you decide you want a fish, wait for him to order it and observe it for a few days at the store it's been a month and a half before you even bring the fish home.
I've paid $80 for 2 overnight shipments from bluezooaquatics and will drop another $40 if I can't find what I want locally.