Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
(Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
Lots of my free advice at www.solowoodworker.com
I think it's impossible to find a better deal at one dealer over another regardless of the angle. I bought from Bob, very knowledgable and I like to help out the little guy.
I just go to the Festool usa website, but I usually know what I want and it is the most direct way for me. As for trying them out, you should have tried them when you were in my shop -- I had some panels that needed... I mean, that were lying around.