unskilled will always be the first to go
it's unfortunate, but the lowest wage jobs should generally just be considered a stepping stone to getting experience, pocket cash, and moving up to a better job. in the states there is a problem with people thinking the minimum wage is somehow supposed to be a "liveable wage" - as they call it. It's not; never has been; never will be. It's a stepping stone wage.
regarding merchandise on high street.... i recently ordered a new igniter for SWMBO's oven and knew that no one locally had that very specialized item in store; so i ordered it online. no real choices there, but (and this is a big difference now), it's at least available for purchase without having to call out a specialist to deliver and install at 10 times the price.