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freestyle
07-11-2006, 04:04 PM
Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced today that it has finalized an agreement with Fotokemika-Nova, of Samobor, Croatia, officially naming Freestyle the exclusive United States distributor of Efke-brand films and Varycon-brand photographic papers.

Efke B&W films (a formulation previously branded as 'ADOX'), and Varycon B&W papers, have filled a custom niche position with the creative fine-art photographic community in the US market for many years.

"There has been much confusion and misinformation regarding the current and future availability of our products in America", states Slaven Miskec, export manager for Fotokemika-Nova. "We are excited to have reached this agreement with Freestyle. Their well-established strategic marketing approach, as well as their very efficient distribution capabilities, makes Freestyle uniquely qualified to successfully maximize the recognition and availability of the Efke and Varycon brand."

Freestyle is excited to have the opportunity to make the Fotokemika product-lines more widely available in the US. "Many in the industry have proclaimed the demise of film and the darkroom propaganda with which Freestyle and our manufacturing partners - and our customers - strongly disagree. We are committed to continue taking a proactive position in ensuring the future availability of as many traditional photographic products as possible. We believe that this partnership further solidifies that commitment," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President and Chief Operating Officer.

Established in 1946, Freestyle Photographic Supplies is a leading international retail, mail order and internet provider of photographic cameras, equipment and supplies nationwide, as well as the exclusive United States distributor of Kentmere black and white photographic papers, Foma black and white photographic papers and films, Fotospeed specialty chemicals, Holga cameras and accessories, Cachet archival storage boxes, Image Mechanics fluid mount trays and Rollei/Maco black and white films.

Amund
07-11-2006, 05:53 PM
Too bad, as you only offer only FedEx for international shipping(twice as expensive as any other shipping option), buying from you is totally out of the question...

scootermm
07-11-2006, 05:58 PM
Out of curiousity will you all offer additional sheet film sizes? especially 7x17, and also other sizes such as 5x12, 12x20, 8x20?

JandC seems to be the only seller of such "odder" sizes and would love if another seller were out there to provide sheet film in these sizes.

medform-norm
07-11-2006, 06:18 PM
Amund,
Freestyle is in the States, you're in Europe. Why not check European distributors of Efke, like (I just googled this) http://www.efke.nl/ ,for starters. There may also be others, probably in Germany. HTH, Norm

wildbill
07-11-2006, 06:30 PM
I picked up the last of your efke 25 in 120 a couple weeks ago. I'm glad you've got their products since no one else in the states does.

vinny

Amund
07-11-2006, 06:33 PM
Norm, there even is a distributor of Efke here in Norway, so Efke film alone is no problem, but Freestyle has a lot of other nice goods too... I`m pretty sure internationals sales would go up a lot if they could ship with UPS and USPS. Leaving FedEx as the only option makes me think they aren`t really interested in shipping internationally...

David A. Goldfarb
07-11-2006, 06:35 PM
Is there less here than meets the eye? Is Freestyle just selling the film exclusively under the Efke brand and J&C selling the same film under the Adox brand? I'm a happy customer of both Freestyle and J&C, so I'm glad to see more than one US source for these films, as long as the market supports them.

Donald Miller
07-11-2006, 06:52 PM
My concern runs along that of David's. I have been very happy with the price, service, and availability for JandC. They brought this to us initially. It would take a lot for me to abandon them.

juan
07-11-2006, 07:14 PM
I've found JandC more convenient, too. I have to deal with rain and shipping by USPS, as JandC does, keeps my stuff nice and dry. UPS (B&H) and FexEx (Freestyle) dump the box on the porch in the rain. Otherwise, I've been happy with Freestyle, too. So, I also hope this is just a branding situation.
juan

resummerfield
07-11-2006, 08:11 PM
I also wish Freestyle would offer another shipping choice than FedEx. Maybe UPS or USPS Priority Mail?

Mike A
07-11-2006, 10:11 PM
I've e-mailed them mnany times and recieved polite return corispondence offering me a different product. I echo Donalds thoughts as far as customer loyalty.

Mike


Out of curiousity will you all offer additional sheet film sizes? especially 7x17, and also other sizes such as 5x12, 12x20, 8x20?

JandC seems to be the only seller of such "odder" sizes and would love if another seller were out there to provide sheet film in these sizes.

Claire Senft
07-12-2006, 07:08 AM
When I buy on line from Freestyle I am offered several different shipping options which include ground UPS.

SteveH
07-12-2006, 07:22 AM
I have ordered from both J&C and Freestyle, and have found them both to be EXCELLENT places. However, I am hoping that Freestyle will be keeping their films in stock better than J&C can.

Dave Wooten
07-12-2006, 03:01 PM
I have ordered from both J&C and Freestyle, and have found them both to be EXCELLENT places. However, I am hoping that Freestyle will be keeping their films in stock better than J&C can.

J and C offers the hard to get sizes and the ulf sizes, the problem with stocking is probably not with J and C but with Efke production schedule of these size films... I must say that I do not agree with "exclusivity" of a product...what does this really mean...traditionally it would mean that a distributor was under contract to move an agreed amount of product and for that would be the only distributor allowed to sell in an area.....exclusivity for all of USA does not ring well with me! This is no reflection on the fine company that Freestyle is and that J and C is.....

Exclusive = exclude---I will not be a happy child if this is the case...could Freestyle clarify their relationship with Efke....will Freestyle be the only retail outlet in the USA selling the EFKE product line?

Dave Wooten
07-12-2006, 04:28 PM
J and C offers the hard to get sizes and the ulf sizes, the problem with stocking is probably not with J and C but with Efke production schedule of these size films... I must say that I do not agree with "exclusivity" of a product...what does this really mean...traditionally it would mean that a distributor was under contract to move an agreed amount of product and for that would be the only distributor allowed to sell in an area.....exclusivity for all of USA does not ring well with me! This is no reflection on the fine company that Freestyle is and that J and C is.....

Exclusive = exclude---I will not be a happy child if this is the case...could Freestyle clarify their relationship with Efke....will Freestyle be the only retail outlet in the USA selling the EFKE product line?

To continue the thought: and maybe best to start a new thread?

Distributors are "usually" suppliers to retail outlets who provide the product to the end user, they purchase directly from the manufacturer and distribute to retail outlets-keeping the product in constant supply. This is the main upside to the Manufacturer -distributor -retail -end user relationship.....the distributor stocks and purchases in such an abundant supply that price points can be lowered and product is readily available, upon order to the retail network....

Today, however, for many products, a brick and mortar store is not essential-product is sold over the internet and delivered via several agencies....therefore a "distributor" also becomes the retail seller, in the past this was not common in the manufacturer, distributor, retail relationship chain, today we are seeing it is more and more the case...

So it would seem if Freestyle has arranged an exclusive contract for a certain product or number of products for a specfic area, USA, they are then also a "distributor to other retail outlets as well as their own retail sales division, competing with those outlets whose customer base uses the product? That is a question.
I guess a a small upside might be, a person on the east coast could more readily get their Efke products via B and H, but only if B and H would have ordered thro FreeStyle and had arranged for the products to be dropped shipped? In these cases the agency with the exclusive agreement gets a percentage of all products sold in their exclusive area! I do not see how this arrangement is helpful in bottom line price to the end user? Am I all alone and out in the woods on this?

gbenaim
07-12-2006, 04:33 PM
I second the call for cheaper int'l shipping. I'd buy all my supplies from them if they did.

MattCarey
07-12-2006, 04:53 PM
I like Freestyle and JandC both.

JandC have that "we are a small group working on our passion (analogue photography)" attitude. I really like that. They also have the difficulty of a small group--sometimes running out of stock, sometimes not responding really fast to an email. This is not to say that Freestyle doesn't have the same problems sometimes.

However, Freestyle could learn from JandC's playbook--JandC doesn't typically make an announcement and then leave the forum. They tend to watch the thread and respond. It has only been a day, but I would have expected a response (or more ) by JandC if this were their thread.

I.e. John is a part of the community. That means a lot to me.

Matt

copake_ham
07-12-2006, 07:13 PM
I also wish Freestyle would offer another shipping choice than FedEx. Maybe UPS or USPS Priority Mail?

Don't like "Brown" but ditto on your second suggestion. Perhaps the folks at Freestyle do not realize that USPS Priority Mail is out-sourced to FedEx for carriage?

Yep, you ship USPS Priority it goes via FedEx. ;)

Dave Wooten
07-12-2006, 08:12 PM
You can open your own UPS account and have them pick up for you...I use this arrangement both in the US and in China...

Jim Chinn
07-13-2006, 07:56 AM
Don't like "Brown" but ditto on your second suggestion. Perhaps the folks at Freestyle do not realize that USPS Priority Mail is out-sourced to FedEx for carriage?

Yep, you ship USPS Priority it goes via FedEx. ;)

If you don't like brown you will not be happy to learn that UPS recently signed an agreement with the USPS to carry USPS volume between 90 major cities on UPS aircraft.