are they? should i buy em from a local store, has anyone ever had problems with them showing up broken or anything
I always buy online, and most here do too. All tube sales companies package them well, I've never had any breakage problems.
I ordered my valves from America and they were fine.
well, they probably send them to your local stores in the mail. and if they do break in shipping, they'll just send you new ones. if you break a set of tubes coming from your store, its your fault and you have to pay for new ones.