Most of the local shops I see open doing computer stuff are in one of three states...regardless of location...
- Still has the signage but nothing inside, usually looks like it did when it started.
- Looks like a PC Recycler dumping ground, still does some repairs on modern equipment. Usually owned by older guy (50+) and was opened sometime in the 1980's or 1990's and has been around for a long time. I usually get great prices at places like this, and usually they let you peruse their recycle pile unless they have caught people reselling their stuff on e-bay.
- Looks old on the outside, but inside everything is modern. Usually one of two types here - either a bunch of younger people who have not a cluse what anything before a Core 2 Duo is, throws out PS/2 peripherals, does not allow CRT monitors for resell/disposal, and usually has seriously inflated prices on stuff you can buy from China direct on e-bay for pennies on the dollar. Or it's an older guy who seems bored and likely has a son or a "work son" as I call it who will probably take over the place and run it into the ground before it closes for good.
Local Fry's type Places it's sort of the same deal. Limited inventory, a lot of it just old enough to be "old" but not vintage. Asking for vintage stuff gets a laugh, asking to see the recycle pile or if there's any "junk" in back to get rid of results in them saying "we don't want to be liable if you get injured" type responses. Place closes, all the stuff is scrapped.
An interesting I thought I had for someone with a lot of business savvy whose into the things we are would be to re-orient and re-brand Fry's as a retro botique for people like us. Keep all the same locations, but become more like a chain version of Computer Reset. IE, sell vintage electronics all around. Boom Boxes, CRT TV's, CRT Monitors, vintage Computers, vintage game systems and games, and maybe even some things like used musical instruments.
The argument I get against such a thing is that it'll "never take off" - then what about RE-PC, whom metaljesusrocks did a full tour of? What about Computer Reset - an un-air-conditioned 3000 sq foot warehouse in the middle of the Dallas Industrial Ghetto (or so I'm told) filled with rat feces and rust among the decades of vintage tech hiding behind it's doors? A place it seems over 100K have joined a friggin Facebook Group wanting to make a pilgrimage to the "retro PC Mecca" from around the world? If that's not interest then I don't know what is? If people are willing to climb rat shit covered Compaq's to find expansion cards and look for random electronic odditites, I'd say there's market, and one Fry's could easily be converted to. Then all we'd need is some visits by LGR, 8-bit guy, Metaljesus, for videos and the places would legitimize what we do a lot more - not to mention provide a new eco-friendly solution to our e-waste problem in this country.
I've been talking about this for 2 decades and get poo-pooed by people very freakin' time. I'd not even charge to dump your CRTs - taking a burden off the local PC shops for having to handle such things.