Honestly, there is a lot of BS floating around - mostly from people who have no first-hand experience in this and have this cliched image in mind of what is going on, and who double down on the exaggerated nonsense coupled with outrage-fuelled virtue signalling.Any advice on my first visit and buying new from an AD? With all the stories about wait lists and first buying a ladies watch to "get in their good graces" I'm not sure what to expect. Do I walk in dressed clean with the vintage Sub to let them know I'm serious, or throw on an old t-shirt and ballcap and wear a CasiOak to show I'm a regular blue collar dude?
Contrary to what people think, the AD DOES want your business. The only sticking point is that they will give higher priority to their more loyal customers - apparently, that sticks in the craw of some folks who think they are just as entitled to hard-to-find stuff as someone who is a long-standing customer.
It is a business transaction - you are a small business owner, and so have been on the other end of this. Go there, look around. Chat with the staff and tell them what you are interested in, and see what they say and take it from there.