Re: The death of retail music stores
I think this is happening because the stores are forced to buy product before they can sell it. My understanding is that the manufacturers used to front the product to the store and get paid after the store sold the product. That way the shops could have a nice large selection without having to invest a lot of money. Now that they have to pay for everything on the floor first they have been forced to lower their inventory. I blame this business model for the current situation. I think most of us would rather buy local, but if the store has to special order the item we may as well get it online. What are the manufactures going to do when there are no local stores for people to go to, get hands on with the instrument, make up their minds that that is what they want......... and then go order online?