Around here, we've got several gun shops, fishing shops, outdoors stores, etc. to choose from. there are a few that seem to only stock the 'elite' name brands, and tend to cater to that same crowd. so if joe schmoe walks in wearing the latest in fashions off the rack at Walmart, he tends to stick out, and the snobbery level peaks right away. i tend to avoid those stores, or at least remember to remove the walmart sale tags off my latest fasions off the rack at said store, before entering the 'elite' stores
but even a few of our gun shops seem to have a knack of not having a whole lot of training in 'customer service'. even something as simple as a greeting when you walk in the door would be nice, but don't expect it. sad thing is, it's a store that i have bought most of my toys from.
i will say, that once they get to recognize you as someone who is not just shopping for info or 'just looking', and who isn't going to ask a bajillion questions and want to handle everything in the shop, and then not buy...once they know that's not you, they tend to actually warm up when you walk in. of course dropping some $$$'s now and then helps, too.
now the fishing shops, that's another story around here. since we have almost every fish species available and a season for them around here, there are some very specialist type stores and employees that work there. but most of them will eventually get around to you, and actually help you out. they tend to frown when you are letting your 4 yr old whip the Orvis/Sage/Loomis/(enter elite brand name here) rods around like their favorite light sabers.
tobacco/pipe/cigar shops are pretty much elitist all by themselves. that's a pretty specialized business, and a different crowd of customers. but seemingly only when they are in those shops. on the outside, those same customers are regular folks. go figure.
but for the most part, the more elite the product, the higher the noses tend to be turned up.
that's fine with me, there's more than one store that carries what i need, and if not...there's always the web.