The concept of craftsmanship and skill has been obliterated by mass production and commodification. Destroying the economy demanded ever-more destruction, so that jobless consumers could "afford" the prices at Walmart. It was a death spiral lower never once balanced with respect to supply and demand.
This systematic process of ossification creates a sterile economy, a barren garden. No entrepreneurship, no employee engagement and no middle class. Revenue collapses.
If sales are tanking now, we ain't seen nothing yet.