that's true... what you do with your cash makes a huge difference.
If you buy a guitar from a small store, you're supporting that dealer
in business... you do this because you want them around the next time
you need something.
If you buy a guitar from GC, or M/F, your business means nothing
and all you get is a price advantage, and you support these grinding
bulldozers of the music industry in their crusade to stomp out the
If you buy a guitar from a swindler who sells fakes, you support him
in his criminal activities and encourage him to take more money from
young guys who've saved money from caddying and delivering pizzas to
buy their first genuine Gibson, or to take more money from the loving
girlfriends of musicians who want to 'surprise' their sweetheart with a
cool new Gibson and can't resist the deal they got out in the alley behind
where they work.