Well, there is a distinct disadvantage for the small business man over large corporations.<quoted text>
Question, if the local distributors can not compete either through pricing or services then why SHOULDN'T they go out of business?? After all that is PURE capitalism. Propping up a failing business makes no sense at all.
Let's imagine that I'm an owner of a small widget store. I can only sell 100 widgets a day. The big box widget store moves in down the street and can sell 1000 widgets a day. I may provide better customer service but there's no way I can compete since I don't have the buying power against the guy down the street.
Just something to think about.