I agree with Dave Henk that there probably is no defunct hobby shop that succumbed solely because mail order took away all the customers. I suggest that when a hobby shop dies it is the result of many factors converging simultaneously. Mail order might be one of the factors but not necessarily. The economic climate of the community in which the shop is located is probably the primary factor. No one "needs" anything in a hobby shop to survive. Hobby spending is discretionary. If you are out of work or have taken a job that pays less than your last one you probably won't be buying much at your local hobby shop or on the net or by mail order. You're out of the loop entirely. And if you own a hobby shop or any other small business in a depressed area you've got a big problem. You're condition is probably terminal - no pun intended.
19 years ago