Home Depot is who sells Echo and Lowes sells Husqvarna. There is a true value hardware store around here that sells stihl and exmark. But it is independently owned, that is the key word here. Stihl is dead set against the big box stores and will never sell any of their stuff in one. Wish more companies had the same feeling! I should mention that the Echo you buy at home depot IS NOT the same as one you buy at an independent dealer, I found that out last year, the home depot models use certain cheaper parts. There should not be any difference in prices for Stihl either, if that Ace hardware is selling them for more, you need to let stihl know that. Stihls prices are set for every dealer and are the exact same price everywhere, even down to the penny! Those a**holes at Ace are just trying to make more profit.