I definitely agree with everything you said here and it surely makes sense, I even admit i am a person who likes detailed 6 or 7" figures, while i also get nice figurines as well.
But what i do agree the most is the concept of how stores don't care if you get the exclusive you're looking for or not, but especially i do wish that toy companies can go for smaller retailers and such.
Not to mention it does even sadden me when i go to the markets on mexico since it's very but very hard to find the figures you truly want and there's a lot of unwanted figures within the shelves, limited options such as Hasbro or Mattel, no NECA, no McFarlane toys and not even DC collectibles; plus walmart and costco are the only markets i have there is no Target, no Walgreens and not even a Disney store in any place on mexico I've lived and the worst part is not even the latest figures get to there until 6 or such months. I honestly hate that because i really hoped to find the latest and awesome figures, yes i can buy online to get my chances but at the same time it worries me that something goes wrong like bad shipping and such.
And let me tell you guys i do usually like to go on stores to see the toy sections or toy stores because i love to see the variety of stuff they have, which figures or toys i want to buy, but like i said in mexico there's barely any good options and heck now i see clear why they barely even come as you stated for their distribution troubles.
As i am an adult toy collector i can tend to have this childish part of me that really adores collecting and figures since they're the many things that make me so happy and free fron stress, but yeh i do hope that perhaps toy companies can reconsider going for small retailers as well, even a personal wish is if even some toy companies can maybe bring some of their products in here as well, believe me i don't expect this to happen for a huge long time or any time at all but it's just a wishful thought.