I will Echo the sentiments of others (pun intended). You cant go wrong with Husqvarna, Stihl, or Echo, all 3 of which I believe are Swedish-made saws, but dont quote me on that.
My dad'* Echo got passed on to my Grandpa, and it actually still runs, he just wanted something better, that Echo is every bit of 15 years old, if not more, I remember my dad using it when I was just a little guy, and it wasnt new then.
My dad has had a Stihl for several years now, and it has been great.
Ive got a friend who does landscaping and tree-trimming and such, and he swears by Husqvarna, so I really dont think you can go wrong with any of them.
Keep with the approach youre taking with buying a saw at a brick and mortar store. Often the prices arent much different, and youll get better service if something ever breaks.
2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue 3.5L DOHC V6 15x,xxx miles "The Forgotten W-Body"
shaved badges, Eclipse HU, Pioneer TS-A1370R'*, Pioneer TS-A6971R'*, 20% tint, cleared corners, Silverstar Hi'*, 9005 Low'*
Fenderwell Intake, Hi-Flow Cat, U-bend delete, GMPP Handling Kit, MOOG endlinks, and 12-inch front rotors
1996 Bonneville SE RIP 157,751 miles, totaled 8/29/05