I hear ya! You have just written out the very reason I took a part time job at a salon. I get haircuts / trims for $15 and products at whole sale costs. If we don't happen to carry the product (i.e. re:coil) I'll have one of the stylists pick it up for me when she's at the distributers.

I watch for coupons and I don't hestitate to return or swap (on nc.com) a product that does not work for me.
2b/3a.