I initially had reminiscent feelings of sadness when I was reading this, but by the end I realized that these record stores killed themselves off and I don't have much sympathy. Granted the record industry has changed a lot in the last 10 years; however, at the end of the day you're running a business. Sometimes you have to adapt, and sometimes you have to think about what you're doing and why you're doing it. You can't make fun of everyone who comes in to buy the new Nickelback or Lady Caca CD, because they are the ones who are ultimately keeping you in business. Nobody likes the cool guy at the record store who thinks he is cooler than everyone else even if it's evident that he's not. I guess if you're doing minimum wage at a record store you probably don't have business models running through your head though.
I've been buying most of my music online over the last 5+ years, because I don't want to drive across town and not be able to find what I'm looking for. Granted it's not the same as being able to flip through the inventory and find passed over gems, but that hasn't happened for a long time anyway. Maybe I just got lazy and got sick of losing "the hunt". It's real easy to find what you're looking for online (and I don't mean downloading). I hate to say these things, but that's the way it is.