Originally Posted by grouch
Another one bites the dust. Same sort of thing happened in the rental industry with the growth of national chains - manufacturers began selling directly to them on national accounts. Local dealers were completely shut out unless warranty was needed. Many local dealers refused to perform warranty on equipment sold this way and if the manufacturer threatened them they simply stopped selling the line.
Even STIHL does this. They sell directly to Asplundh. They sell the equipment direct, with no warranty. Its crazy how cheap they sell their saws to Asplundh.