Conversation had with a clerk at Mitre 10 (large DIY store chain in Australia) on Saturday morning:
Me: I'm after some 50mm 6 gauge screws with pan heads, stainless steel.
Clerk: (looks around the shelves a bit) No we don't have that. We've only got what's here. You probably need to try a specialist fastening store.
Me: What you mean like a hardware store?
WTF is Mitre 10 if not a store where you'd expect to find screws in various incarnations? How difficult would it be for them to have a small cupboard with many small drawers stocked with every imaginable type of screw? The profit margin on screws at retail must be enormous, so you'd think there'd be an economic incentive.
Mitre 10, you're no more than a jumped-up $2 shop these days. You suck!