Copied this from another thread as I thought it might be of interest to dealers. It's just my experience of trying to buy my first PRS. I eventually bought it from a private seller. Have a second one arriving today. Also from a private seller.
To recalibrate my brain I kept trying known quantities like a CBS Strat and a Tele. I picked up an EVH that was nearly $2,000. The fret ends were so sharp! Every one of them. Bloody thing was borderline dangerous. Another guitar that needed attention.
On the whole, I think the large chain stores that sell everything musical just unpack a guitar, hang it up and wait for someone to part with a month's salary for it. Staff don't know a huge amount about the guitars (if anything) and, as nice as they are, might just as well be working in the hardware store next door. To get a well cared for and prepared PRS I suspect I'd have to find a small independent.