I hate to be the naysayer here and will probably receive some expected criticism for mentioning it but while the ideas are good ones, I don't think this is the best time to carry things too far ahead of the planning stage.
As was said already, modding is in fact a luxury and a luxury right now that for the most part can't be afforded by most. I agree that the conceptual part of the idea is very provoking and possibly do-able given a better time. As Bill Owens said or alluded to in a few of the podcasts, the market is still shrinking somewhat. Collectively right now we're seeing people on MI from all over the world and that's a sign modding isn't dead but it is still a niche market.
Would it be nice to see 1,000 customer orders a day, hell yes. I don't believe that is possible though when many are struggling to just hold on to their homes. It's tough enough to run a successful business when times are good, let alone when times are bad and to try to start one?
Just purchasing the name xOxide is going to take a considerable amount of capital alone. Then as was suggested, you'd either have to start recouping some of the investment cost by jumping into the custom/retail market possibly before there is even an established game plan, which in in itself is too risky given the current market conditions. Or you would have to sit on the name until the conditions improved.
At bare minimum, I would think you're probably looking at a very minimal $3,000 - $5,000 to get the ball rolling and have a decent chance. That's a bare minimum start-up cost after the name is purchased.
Some of the costs could be delayed or temporarily offset for a while with some voluntary custom work (small stuff) but the material costs are going to be fixed and will need to be paid ASAP. This could buy some time but I would proceed with the utmost caution for the next several weeks and months should anyone decide to go any further with it.
Myself, I would be more apt to support the businesses that are already established before we lose them also. I think if all the cards were on the table, we'd see many of them are hanging on for dear life. By bringing in another Internet retailer of sorts I don't know that we'd not be cutting off our noses to spite our face? Even if it were only custom work. Any saturation in a fledgling market often brings about more chaos and thinning out. I saw that happen firsthand. And in the end, the market eventually kills itself. I would rather not see that happen here.
Just my take on it fwiw.