I agree, but I also think that the internet has done a decent job of revitalizing it. The whole custom knife market is a perfect example since you have people who are starting in their garage with not much more than a grinder, some drills and sandpaper and turning out some pretty cool things. All that is possible due to the internet since they are then able to turn around and sell to a world-wide market place and eventually what starts as a small operation becomes something lucrative. It turns out that people love quality hand-made goods. Just look at a marketplace like etsy, it's a booming community for everything from clothes to jewelry and more, all supporting local craftspeople.
Originally Posted by jalcon
I think people want to tinker and people want to buy those tinkered goods. However, most people these days are raised to buy the cheapest and most easily produced goods available rather than shopping for something quality or just making it themselves. For example, sometimes we'll go to a local farm or farmers market to buy beef or eggs and when people find out that my girlfriend and I do this, they look at us like we're crazy for not just buying it from stop and shop. The idea of spending more time or effort to get something better is alien to a lot of people these days.
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