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The root issue is combining capitalism with globalism. Here there is great collateral damage, especially at the individual level.
Completely unrelated, but did you see the pride of hungry lions ripping up the carcass on the Discovery Channel? The ruthless, mean and strong got the most reward. Afterwards the ruler stretched his paw out over the weaker ones, lest they not forget.
Actually, though, many of the local dealers are doing big Lion business as they have become more specialized and focused and stopped wasting their time. Who really gets hurt are the consumers who have seen all but the two extremes wiped out....my store does over 10 mil a year and is setting records every year for gross sales and profit (both dollars and percentage), it's those companies who tried to offer some
service (real potential demo opportunities) and
stay price competitive that lost (Tweeter, et al) . Most businesses like ours though are not focusing on staffing a place to allow switching between 4 differant $800 receivers and four differant $400/pr
speakers . especially when that customer historically shows no loyalty to anything other than price. We rarely hear customers talk about pricing vs the competition (big box or Internet)because they want to listen and compare and they can't find the brands we have quite so easily around, and to our customers, really, we
are the brand ...Tweeter guys , however, told me that they got pounded on price constantly as their brands are often sold by a vast array of dealers and their margins were just eroding away.