If a loss of 58 people is 20% of the workforce then we are looking at about 290. I may be wrong but when on the first Harman tour in June 2006 I thought I had recalled a mention of a workforce figure of somewhere near 600. If I am right then this is a massive drop and very serious.
Maybe Harman can have no influence in the distributors' slice of the revenue pie but having seen some comments from our rest of Europe and rest of world neighbours on retail prices excluding the U.S. I cannot help but wonder if the distributors' slice isn't part of the problem.
At the end of the day distributor greed, if that's the problem, can and will rebound on Harman's revenue and future
Not even remotely so when one considers inflation. $49.45 in 1980 is equivalent to a 2010 (most recent date with available data) price of $129.12:
Originally Posted by railwayman3
Originally Posted by Simon R Galley
Originally Posted by hpulley
My personal preference in the event of a reduction in the price of raw silver would be to continue paying the higher price for finished Ilford products until after those 58 had been reemployed...
Originally Posted by Simon R Galley
"Some photographers are the poets of purple mountains' majesty. Some are the poets of the placid suburbs. Weegee is the poet of small-timers who died face down on a city pavement at 3 a.m. in a pool of their own blood."
— Richard Lacayo, Photography: Dames! Stiffs! Mugs!, Time Magazine, January 12, 1998
This was the local news, the personal stories behind the news are very sad. This is, working photographers obviously excepted, a "leisure/hobby not our life.
Having said that was this diversification the way to go?
Maybe we all should be recovering our silver and sending it to Ilford?
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I agree...I was just interested to see the highest ever figure, and your comparison is, of course, more meaningful. If the current price really did get up to $140-$150, I don't hold out much hope of photo materials being affordable for the average user.
Originally Posted by Roger Cole
Applying a similar inflation index to my own actual disposable income in 1980, I see that, on paper, I'm slightly "better-off" now than I was then, yet it's only in the last couple of years that I've began to feel that photographic materials were sudddenly becoming alarmingly expensive? This is probably just subjective, but it would be interesting to know the price of Ilford films in 1980.....I'd guess that the 1980's were a time when consumer products seemed most affordable. Just thinking aloud.
Hasn't silver been known and used as a bactericide for many years? I have sportwear, socks and shoes, "containing silver for freshness", which are at least four or five years old.
Originally Posted by Chris Livsey;1188861Having said that was this diversification the way to go?
Not a bad idea. I wonder how much of a ding it would make, but it certainly couldn't hurt! We have an advertiser here on APUG, John Nanian, selling silver recovery gadgets... Maybe we can help two sponsors at once!
Originally Posted by waynecrider
"Make good art!"
- Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera".
- Yousuf Karsh
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit".
"Hasn't silver been known and used as a bactericide for many years?"
It has indeed been widely used for many years but as with many "historical" practices/drugs not subjected to rigorous examination, what is referred to as "evidenced based practice" has re-examined many areas assumed to work but found when investigated throughly to be lacking in evidence.
This was published: http://www.nelm.nhs.uk/en/NeLM-Area/...ver-dressings/
in 2010 and perhaps Harmman should have read it.
In summary the only area of clinical use that could be justified on the evidence was in burns and even there "the evidence base is weak". Given the silver price increase must work through here as well it is unlikely, unless new evidence is presented, their use in the cash strapped NHS will increase in volume terms. The DTB is very influential as it is not funded by the industry.