Wait a minute:
This letter has a badly laid out point because the store chains SUCKED.
MVC: expensive.get the store card and DVDs are stillat th high RRP.
Silverscreen: Never budged prices from RRP, ever.
Choices: Primarially a rental chain, and the selectionwas dodgy at best.
The only real store to mourn for are MusicZone (Where I got most of my anime until it closed) and Fopp (Good anime selection, until HMV bought them and closed all but 4 stores, still good but anime sections have diminished.)
Expo is not going anywhere, I'm pretty sure that a for-profit con can work it fine even when they try and fuck up their own con (Smaller con space this year, the space for ticket purchasing was twice the area for the ACTUAL CON FLOOR.)
The letter really is melodratic, no matter what the guy says. I have ideas on how to solve it, but I'll save those.