I know the real point of your article is geared towards music collecting and the good ol' days, but as a recent victim of a retail bankruptcy, it's a bit disheartening. I got great deals when the Wherehouse went belly up,$5 blues CDs when the store was picked over since blues is unpopular in So. Cal.
However, now that I've been through a going-out-of-business sale on the other side of the register, I'm not sure I'll be able to patronize another. Many thoughts of "maybe if you shopped here before, we wouldn't be going out of business." (even if, in Mervyns case, this isn't true). Indeed, we need to patronize places like Rhino Records.
For the most part, employees don't care if stuff sells or the liquidator makes money, they just want the store to close ASAP so they can start collecting unemployment if they've been unable to find work in such a bad economy. Not to mention, it stings a bit to see vultures come out and spend money like crazy on "good deals" when so many laid off are facing an unsure future.
In my opinion, the music industry needs to come to grips with the reality of online music availability and drop the prices of AV media, otherwise brick and mortar stores will be a fond memory. If CDs/DVDs were $10, I'm sure a lot more people would be willing to buy them.