nomensteven hit it right on. when someone comes into my shop and sits down with me to get fit for a pair of boots, tries on five different models and takes up two hours of my time, only to ask me then if i can match a price $50 less that he found online, it sucks. i just wasted two hours of my time that i could have put towards helping other customers, getting paperwork done, fixing other boots or skis, etc, but instead, it was spent with someone who had no intention of getting boots from me in the first place. buying online might save you money initially, but most shops will rape you for boot work if the boot wasnt purchased through that shop. same thing with mounting skis and bindings. generally, if you buy from the shop, mounting will be free. buy online, and dont be amazed when you get charged $50 or more for mounting. with the exception of the online stores that actually have physical locations as well, the online shops arent dumping money back in to local events and sponsoring local athletes to help promote the sport.
and about your new boots, if the rampages fit you comfortably, i'd be willing to bet money that after skiing in the ignitions for five to ten days, they'll be sloppier than an atlantic city hooker. those boots fit so differently, i cant understand how they both felt good on your feet. i ride in the rampages, which fit me rather well, but i could probably come close to pulling my foot right out of the ignition even when its completely buckled, its that much wider and more voluminous than the rampage.