(Background for this: there are several beading threads that I have recently discovered originated as fishing line. Beading stores sell these threads in 50-yard spools for $9 to $15 each. Sporting goods companies sell the same product online for $17.95 for 125 yards.)
Me: Hi, BAIT_SHOP_GUY? Do you carry Berkley NanoFil eight pound test
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: We got Berkley. What color?
Me: Clear mist.
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Lemme check. *pauses to go over rack* What kind of Berkley did you want again?
Me: NanoFil- it was their monofilament?
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Yeah, we got that.
SHOP VISIT #1
Me: Hi, I called earlier and asked about the Berkley NanoFil?
BAIT_SHOP_GUY (who may or may not have been the one on the phone; it's hard to tell from the voice): Oh, yeah. What weight did you want again?
Me: Um, about eight pounds test? Six is fine too, I don't need this for fishing-
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Gimme a sec. *goes over rack several times* Looks like we're out of Berkley monofilament. I'll sell you what's left of this whole reel of Stren, though. Same color, and it's ten pounds test. Ten bucks.
Me: I'll try it.
(the Stren, while reasonably sturdy, turns out not to be very cooperative as a beading thread, and also takes severe bends and dents from the needle when I attempt to use it on beads with small holes)
Me: Hi, BAIT_SHOP_GUY? Do you carry Berkley FireLine, six pound test, braided
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Lemme check. *pause* What color?
is fine. Or if you haven't got six pound in smoke, eight pound will be okay too.
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Okay, I'll check... yeah, we've got that.
SHOP VISIT #2
Me: Hi, I called earlier about the Berkley fireline braid in six or eight pounds?
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Lemme see if we've got that.
Me: . o O ( You said you did when I called four hours ago. )
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Ah, looks like the lightest I got is fifteen-
Me: Do you have another company's braided line in the same weight, maybe?
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Oh, you need the braid? Well, I've got this in green.
Me: Okay, it's not a bad color, but this is a lot heavier than I need.
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Yeah, it looks like that's as light as I- wait, lemme check the basement.
Me: Okay. *waits*
BAIT_SHOP_GUY: Yeah, no, sorry, all we've got is fifteen or twenty pounds.
Me: Okay, thanks anyway.
I appreciate the guy's efforts, and I understand that when you are dealing with a bait shop in a seaside town you are more likely to need heavier line. Making a phone call and specifying a product manufacturer, product line, color, and test weight, and being told 'yes, we have that', should mean that when I arrive at the store, I find that the store does in fact have that manufacturer's product in the specific line, color, and test weight that I asked for. They said they had it and they didn't.
Screw this, I'm buying online.