This is a terrible contagious trend. We are all to blame for things like this with internet shopping. Not that this is the only cause for their demise.
The government needs to step in and tax heavy on internet sales or this will be the fate of all but a select few stores.
Also brick and mortar retailers need to be willing to start price matching all major on line prices if they are to survive.
If these things happen it will draw people back into store which not only helps the store but all aspects of commerce , auto, fuel , jobs manufacturing of products , upkeep of buildings ect ect
Online also kills is the spontaneous purchases. Buying a tv online you buy the tv, at the store ( hey maybe I’ll get some wiggets and stop for lunch )
Continue down this path and there could be a total breakdown in the economy....... That’s just my thoughs.
Something has to change and soon. We need to get people back in stores and away from their computers. Personally I would gladly pay 5 or so dollars more for a 100 item if I can physically see and touch it. Also if there is an issue I can return it the same day
Hope someone has an answer soon or good mid income jobs will be much more scare.