It is surprising how much of my incidental business Lowe's has lost by discontinuing some lines. The lack of certain name brands gives me less incentive to go in the first place so I don't pick up any "extra" items I might see. Porter Cable badged Chinese Forstner bits for the price of the Freuds they used to carry? Nope. The disappearance of drill bits in 64ths and the overstock of 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", etc. doesn't help draw me in either. The BORGs have to serve the lowest common denominator. Much like the dwindling tool isle at Sam's and Costco. Time's are tough and they can't stock the cool stuff for just a few of us . The masses that don't know better or don't care will keep on buying which is good. Those high school and 'oughta-be-in-college' kids need somewhere besides McDonalds to work, eh?
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke