There is a slight difference between chains and franchises. Big box stores (Walmart, Circuit City, Borders) are chains and they aren't locally owned. If the corporation that owns the store goes out of business then the store closes it's doors. However, places like fast food restaurants (McDonald's), convenience stores (7-Eleven) and hardware stores (True Value) are franchises, locally owned and licensed to sell a particular product from a specific supplier. They're tied to a nationally recognized chain, true, but in this situation if the Corporation goes bust the stores or restaurants can still stay open if they want to, they'll simply lose their license to that trademark and have to change their name. At least, that is my understanding.
If you live out in the middle of the boonies then mail order is your only option, same as it ever was. However, most locally owned stores (as in non-chains) if you live near one can easily order anything you want and often get it to you sooner than you would ordering it yourself, so using the excuse that what you want isn't sitting on the shelf is a bit of a cop out, no offense.
When it comes to companies like Code Red et al, the internet is a double edged sword. They have a host of other problems. Yeah, the internet allows for more people to know about their product, but it also allows for people to easily steal their product, too. Also, one reason that there are so few cult movie labels now is because they lost shelf space in stores to more mainstream product. A huge part of their profitability stemmed from being blind buys from store fronts. When Borders and Best Buys stopped stocking copies of their titles it really hit their bottom line.
Last edited by maybrick; 03-03-2013 at 06:27 PM.