A friend's music store went out of business because people would come in, try the stuff, then buy it online at MF or GC. He's now a truck driver, but does electronics repair on the side. He, at one time, was THE Peavey/Fender/Roland repair guy for all of West TN! This guy can build a tube amp from scratch (working on a design now.)
I now go to GC to try stuff, then buy it from one of a couple of friend-owned stores, even though they're 87 miles away. (Mom lives in that town, so I'm there from time to time anyway, but I get good service and no BS sales crap.) They know me personally, as I used to teach guitar at the one store they all used to work at together before they all went and opened their own stores, so it's a good thing. Usually get a good price, to boot.
There's a larger issue, too, for me. I'm tired of going to a new town, and all the stuff there is exactly what I left in my town - GC, Best Buy, Logan's Roadhouse, O Charlies, Outback, McD, Wendy's, BK, Target, Wal Mart, Lowe's and Home Depot, etc. All of the chains, every town looks the same, same signs, same limited choices. Support your local privately owned stores and restaurants!!
Sorry, not trying to get too far off base....