Baer's post with regard to the "starting point" presents a chilling picture of a possible industry future. It is incumbent upon all small businesses that intend to survive in this sea change of consumer buying habits and consolidation of suppliers to find a way to stand out, be different, offer more than the hobby and framing chains and Internet competition, no matter who the big players are. This is a tall order considering the might of big advertising dollars. There is only one playing field that can help level the competition, a free and open Internet, and even that is currently being challenged by the likes of Facebook. I have repeatedly asked for an idea thread on this subject. I have started them, but they peter out without too many solid ideas. How can we as small retailers stand up to the might of the BBs, the chains, the Internet, and hopefully not, our suppliers? This will not be an easy road for those who survive. We need new, constructive ideas, and we need to start now, before Baer's vision becomes a reality.