I've been a customer at Linn's for close to 22 years or so. They did have an internet prescense but what really hurt them was a combination of a graying customer base with a large number of their bigger customers deciding to tear down their layouts and move to retirement communities and other just dying off !! Also the feast and famine supply of model railroad equipment makes it difficult to keep the shelves stocked and the increased costs and lower markup make sit harder to make a profit to keep the lights on the heat on and income for the owners and help. They did not own the building they were in so rent/lease has to also be figured in. Hennings does own it so they will probably survive in fact I was told that once Linn's is gone that Hennings will take over the other half of the building. They lasted 23 years so it was not a business failure but a change in the marketplace they could not adapt to and a disapearing customer base. They were good honest people and I will miss visiting the shop. ---------------- Ken McCorry
There you have it, another experianced voice who agrees that preorders, short markups, limited production, and heavy discounting has hurt the small retailers, and by extension hurt or changed the nature of the hobby.