That sounds disappointing. I've bought a few items from the UK branch in the last year or two (nothing much, but I haven't needed any big items) and found them efficient. They have sent me a periodic glossy brochure/catalogue by mail, and this gave me the impression that they supply a lot of very nice and expensive professional gear in the UK ?
I once bought quite a bit from them. But since they opted to drop almost all of their traditional film and darkroom stuff quite awhile ago, I rarely
had reason to buy from them. They bet on only one horse.
When a business shuts down like that, it generally means they ran out of money to lose.
Reading between the lines on that glassdoor.com page, it seems like these guys have been broke for a long time, are probably way over-extended with every supplier they have, and their bank finally cut them off. Its hard on the employees to shut down like that, but (pure speculation here) my guess is there literally isn't any money to pay them with anyway.
The other group of people who often get burned in a situation like this are suppliers who did get paid any time in the last 90 days. The courts can go back and demand that those payments be returned so that the money can be distributed evenly over all suppliers. The idea is it prevents the owner from making sure his brother-in-law gets paid, at the expense of some other supplier. That happened to me a few years ago, and as a small business, it really sucks. You think everything is fine, and all of the sudden you get a notice from the court that that $3000 payment you received two months ago has to be returned, and you will probably (if you are lucky) only see 5% of it when its all said and done.
I shoot digital when I have to (most of those shots end up here) and film (occasionally one of those shots ends up here) when I want to.
I once bought quite a bit from them. But since they opted to drop almost all of their traditional film and darkroom stuff quite awhile ago, I rarely had reason to buy from them. They bet on only one horse.
Same here. Have not been there in years.
"Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."
Calumet are one of the supporting partners for APUG. I hope this doesn't cause severe problems here as well.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2