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  •  The net is a savior for the niche markets. (0+ / 0-)

    I live in Ireland and with a smaller customer base there is not much room for the lower selling items. Good products disappear when the importer or producer just does not get a big enough market. So just like in the US items that appeal to the few are far more available than before due to the net and that is all still in a transition phase with a lot of room still for smaller suppliers to cater to previously unmet needs. But that will mean that small sellers will continue to disappear from brick and mortar and the net will be the only source for niche items. So sure, not everything will either be in Walmart level bricks and mortar or Amazon selling everything to everyone... still room to sell other things to people who do not want the same thing everyone else does...

    Things like this always reminds me of the Budweiser saga... they seemed well on their way to being THE beer in the US with all other major brands dwindling or disappearing but of course that could never have actually come to pass and the micro brewery revolution popped up to stymie the corporate sameness from taking over completely (but of course the next act was for the biggies to come out with their own specialty clones or buy up the bigger ones... and the story continues with upstarts in other goods suppliers... Tom's of Maine toothpaste, Ben & Jerrys' ice cream eventually gobbled up by corporations... while others just paraded their own clones to head off any customer disloyalty...)

    So the war between dinosaur corporations having it all and teeny mammals offering more choice rages on... let's hear it for the underdog!

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 08:48:59 AM PDT

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