Local guy == Travel Expert. They are not overpriced, but they provide service (do you know the meaning of the word?). For that service they charge a price i'm happy to pay. More money than sense? hardly, but you cant resist coming in here and making snide comments can you?
Fast buck? nope. He charges me the same or perhaps 1-200 more than what I would pay the discounters. In return, he gives me *service* which I dont mind paying for. As for not knowing better : I'm in the industry and I was a past shareholder in a locally well known internet travel startup. I know the business and I choose where I spend my money.Long life the local guy making a fast buck from the gweilos who don't know any better.
Its obvious you disagree and I wish you luck with your travels. If anything does go wrong and you need some assistance, you can look in the mirror because the discounters just wont help you.