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Business wise a camera store can be a financial disaster these days.  At one time Pinellas County,  FL  and Hillsboro County, FL  had eleven full line camera stores.  Today there are NONE.  I was part of one and many friends had the others.  

At the yearly trek (2000 era) to Vegas, lasting a full week to the  Photo Marketing Association, International (PMAI) trade show we met with our Nikon Representative and his boss, the US sales manager.  He told us about “Big Box Stores” and the effect they might have on our market.  This was a show attracting 35,000 people from the US and globally and it took the entire LVCC downstairs and upstairs.

He said they could dominate and control the market.  For every flagship pro camera level sold, the big box stores sold hundred.  Later the growth of the Web with players like B&H, and Adorama who in one year captured more than 3/4 of the total camera market.  Close to 787 million out of a 1.3 billion dollar market. And then came Amazon.  And then the smartphone with advanced camera features.  Thousands of camera stores closed and the count is now measured in the hundreds. I got out of the retail end of the business seeing the handwriting on the wall. I broke even, maybe a little on the plus side,  but many lost big time. Lab gear is not cheap. Hundred thousand dollar investments and the film went away.

THE LAST OUTPOST - With the passing of a friend and closing of the last Camera store in Pinellas County, last November there are few dots on the map in Pinellas or Hillsboro counties, or most of the state for that matter.  There is one small store located 25 miles north from me in Pasco County and one 35 miles south in Manatee County.  The next real store is In Orlando.  Colonial Camera, also a giant hobby supply store.

Surprisingly both Nikon and Canon (Read the Japanese Financials for the real stories not rumors) are in decline significantly for many reasons;  loss of competitiveness; lack of Chinese customers buying SLRs in Japan; compact point and shoots replaced by cellphones with ever better cameras being built in combined with a method for sending it; and a lack of retail stores to sell the higher end complex cameras.  Serious enough for camera divisions to be up for sale and the selling off of prime subdivisions. Some of the smaller manufacturers have consolidated.  

Many millennials so accustomed to buying and throwing away things, like their smartphone every two years, costing 600-900 dollars, the price built into the ridiculous monthly fees included in that great contract.  Thats what ate up the hobby, fun, sports, photography available cash and time.   The answer, It’s not just a phone, it’s small and convenient and always with you, (the best camera is the one thats with you).  Besides these folks were the Christmas, Birthday, Holiday, Cookout, Vacation, Kids Sports shooters and with film managed to get the entire year on one roll.

On the retail side, for the few independent stores, there are less reps, less deals, lower profits, less credit deals most purchases are due 30 days period, fast model changes, in some cases quality, and profit margins are down between Nikon and Canon you cannot stay in business. The margins are below 18% and that covers nothing after discounts and credit card fees.  Lets call it what it really is, the smartphone and connectivity has replaced addiction wise the cigarette as the nemesis of our society. Both cigarettes and texting can kill.  Both are distractions.


LIGHTENING ( BOOM) THE LOAD, PHASE TWO SEMI-RETIRING  (THIRD TIME)
I have been accumulating Photographic equipment for years, especially strobes and ancillary gear, since I needed the gear for my personal shooting, mainly for mounting demos at trade shows, for developing new  battery packs and solutions.  Much came in trade.  The smaller statewide camera shows are gone.  Thats where I did business outside the web.  

The WPPI and Kelby shows are good for beginners to the industry, but they are not a money maker anymore.  It is also too expensive to exhibit and the promoters wanted a bigger share.  The trade shows average a lot, one week in NY at the Javits for two days is 3000 dollars easily plus airfare for two, shipping, transportation, food and hotels.  Thats why these shows grow smaller each year. The little guy like me simply plodding along for sanity and keeping busy can’t afford to participate. I will however go strictly web and when you see me travel ask me what cruise line I took. I like Princess. More relaxing than a trade show.

I sold half of my Manfrotto monopoles, only needed four, had eight.  Next, the tripods and ancillary heads and parts I used at trade shows for display. Lots of the older strobes still work like new, I put them up last week and eight are gone. They make great kickers and hair lights and you don’t need a 400 dollar strobe to backlight something.  Most of this gear was display, some  for wedding work, some never used commercially.  GO HERE

We bought at auctions, stores that were closing, estates, owners retiring, and accumulated a lot of legacy equipment in excellent condition and some of it went quick, restorable, some dumpster, some museam, some items I never used, cleaned up and ready to ship.  

I will be available working from 6:00 am to 12:00 (Noon) daily  by phone and email having fun creating large prints for Hospitals like Moffitt who are the leaders in Cancer research.

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