Remember You Got Mail? You know, that Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan vehicle that pitted small against big, coziness against volume, Mom & Pop against the CEO? Yeah, turns out that was bullshit.
Simone Wallace can appreciate the vagaries of retail competition, even if she doesn’t exactly have the time or the inclination to relish their nuances. Wallace is co-owner and co-founder of the Sisterhood Bookstore, a small (1,200 square feet) but impressive Los Angeles shop that specializes in women’s studies, gender issues, and feminism. Over the past 23 years, the store had developed a steady and appreciative clientele.
Then, last fall, the nightmare that troubles the sleep of small bookstore operators across the nation suddenly came to life for Wallace: Directly across the street, a two-story Borders Books and Music superstore opened for business. The new store casts a long shadow, literally and figuratively. Look out the entrance to Sisterhood and all you see is Borders.
And then Borders went bankrupt.
The big behemoths will only bully the little lovable lilliputians until they themselves get wiped out by the next technological tsunami.
h/t Cafe Hayek