QSC vs Home Depot or Lowes

When buying new granite or quartz countertops should you use a big box store like a Home Depot or Lowes or a smaller local fabricator? On the market for new countertops?  If so you've probably made a trip to one of the big box stores to see what's available.  If you've gotten a quote, you've probably quickly realized that the $35 granite countertops that they advertise outside of the store don't really exist.  Once you've tacked on the additional charges, taxes, trip fees, under mount sink cut outs, back splashes, edge detail and the "free" sink, the price that you've been quoted is typically consistent with other smaller, local fabricators. Usually when you deal with a Home Depot or Lowes, their incredible buying power allows [...]