I am definately interested ;-)
Things i would be looking for:
- Rodinal/R09/Adonal/whatever it is branded as
- Tmax 400 (35mm and 120)
- Portra 160nc (120)
- 9 x12 or 8.5x11 RCVC paper for proofs (8x10 just doesn't cut it)
- a nice range of fibre paper
Sounds very interested, I'll be following your progress.
Chemicals and papers will be a big portion of this business. There is only a few places to buy these materials these days. None close to me.
I appreciate all the comments so far.
I'd be keen to become an Ilford/Kodak ULF supplier as well, provided i can convince the right people to sell it to me :) Maybe Fuji will do ULF too? Hrmm...
Rodinal is definitely on the menu. Fear not!
Money talks, sellers listen. Usually a larger initial order is the norm.
It'd be a good time to evaluate your market, I doubt you'll be getting orders from America and the UK, because all of this stuff is readily available to them at good prices. By the time the northern hemisphere ships it to us and we ship it back to them, any price-competitiveness is probably gone. Japan has Japan Exposures, UK has...well, loads of options, and same with the US. You'll get orders from Australia and New Zealand though - which means you need to evaluate how big your market is there and how much they'll buy. How many ULF shooters are there here in Australia and New Zealand?
If you sell Fuji/Ilford/Kodak on a reasonable enough scale, I'd say you're obliged to become an official licensed reseller for them through their distribution channels in Australia, but that would be further down the line. I imagine this is gonna require quite a large lump sum investment in one blow to get it off the ground though.
If you do continue to do Ebay, you can market your store to the new customers you get via the ebay transactions. If they have a good business transaction with you on Ebay, they'd probably be glad to visit your ecommerce store for their next order or for more items.
While I totally agree with you there, I think the biggest drama is the last statement. I believe that becoming an official supplier through their Australian channels is where most of the drama is in the first place.
Originally Posted by Fleath
You could try selling on trademe.co.nz to get NZ orders. It is a lot nicer than ebay which does not have a prescence here. All photographic stuff is very expensive here and people would support you if the price was right. There is someone selling chinese 120 film to the Holga crowd on trademe. I would consider the auction sites nothing more than advertising and use them to drive traffic to a free standing site.
I use FP4 and TMY in 4x5 mostly. The only chemical I buy is fixer, powdered would make shipping easy. C41 film and chemicals would be nice.
It really is, remember how long it took to convince C.R. Kennedy to import SFX200? And Kodak Australia still wont bring Ektar 100 into the country in any format...The official distribution channels are kinda screwing us over, but I'm not sure what your legal obligations might be as an operating business.
Originally Posted by hoffy
Does ADOX have an Australian distributor?
I am sure that Andrew will sort this out, but my impression is that if you can import it yourself, there is no legal responsibility to the official channel in Australia. How else would the grey import electronics good business work? The only come back would be that the official channel will probably offer no support in the case of warranties, ect....which in this case is a non issue.
Originally Posted by Fleath