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    sad news about porters in iowa

    i just got news that porter's camera in iowa
    closed their doors the end of last week.

    they were open for 99 years ...

    http://cedarfalls.patch.com/articles...-store-closing
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    Yes, Porters always had that odd thing no one else did. Back in the day (1950's, thru 1980's) their catalog was a joy. Sorry to hear they've gone the route of so many good photo shops.
    Bruce

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    With seven employees, five of them full time, Porter's is the only remaining camera store in Cedar Falls.

    But business has fallen off lately, as more people head online to purchase cameras. Additionally, the store stopped developing film in 2011, and there is less and less demand for printing digital photos, Lantz said.
    and there is less and less demand for printing digital photos, Lantz said. That's the dirty little secret about digital. Few people even care to have physical prints any more. Very sad. I'm sure we're all guilty of that.
    Parker Smith Photography, Inc.
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    So are they remaining open as an internet business or closing the virtual doors as well? Their website is still up and seems to be working.


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    I am not anti-digital. I am pro-film.

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    hi dan

    not sure if they are having a web presence
    or if they plan on only keeping the website up to liquidate stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsdunek View Post
    Yes, Porters always had that odd thing no one else did. Back in the day (1950's, thru 1980's) their catalog was a joy. Sorry to hear they've gone the route of so many good photo shops.
    +1, I remember it well. Their prices were never the best if you could find what you wanted elsewhere, but they had almost everything including things you couldn't find anywhere else. They are missed, but haven't been that kind of place in a long time.

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    According to this post on their Facebook page (well, actually a reply in the post) the web store will still be open:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

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    That is where my affair with Nikon cameras began in 1977. How sad.

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    I purchase many items via mail order from them over the years. Hope they keep the mail order going.
    Items for sale or trade at www.Camera35.com

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    I usually visited the store twice a year for the past ten years. About five years ago it took on the impression that the store was shutting down. Then they rearranged stuff a couple years ago, but it was clear to me that the store was a burden and they lost interest. The last three times I went in there to buy something, they didn't have it (nor would they get it from next door, like they always did in the past) and I walked out, wallet intact and ordered it from B&H or Freestyle.
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