I know that in Marion, Indiana we currently have a Lowe's, a Home Depot, and yet we have a few local lumber yards that have not lost business because they have specialty items and services that the big box stores don't provide. The free enterprise system works, if we allow it (and I don't believe that it's all fueled by greed).
Now, where does that leave the mom and the pop? Easy, they specialize and offer better service and unique product offerings, which demand a premium. Anyone hear that we are moving to a service economy? That goes double for retailing. People will still pay for "quality". In this case the requirements that equal quality are great service and unique, specialized products.
Painful? You betcha. The question now is: will there be enough demand for specialized services and unique products to give our hard working men and women good jobs? It will take time, but I think that the answer will be yes. I just wish it would happen right now.
As far as greed goes, I like to think of the whole situation as everyone wanting something better - "greed" is a little harsh.
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