So, I sheared the flywheel key on the Briggs engine on my DB. I'd replaced the points & condenser but failed to properly tighten the recoil mechanism. Simple fix, right? Off I go to my local small engine shop. Standard answer: No stock, 2 week wait or $9 for overnight. No way I'm paying $9 plus for 1/2" of aluminum key stock.
Off I go to Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, TSC, Home Depot, Lowes, NAPA, and Fastenal. Nobody carries it. So I head off the Parts Source, a Canadian Tire spin off. The guy says, "We get a dozen people a week in here looking for that stuff. Closest supplier is 1/2 hour away in Napanee." I was flabbergasted. If I had a business, and a dozen people asked for a product, and my nearest competitor was 1/2 hour away, I'd have a truckload of it sitting in my warehouse.