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    Welcome to Australia. You cannot pay people top dollar to work behind a counter and then charge only minimum markup on the goods your selling. High wages means high cost of goods, cannot have your cake and eat it too.

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    Still no justification for $22.95 or so "mark-up" on a single roll of film. It is gouging.
    Got a 5-pack of 400X for $86.90 online so I'm happy with my cake and will eat it too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    Still no justification for $22.95 or so "mark-up" on a single roll of film. It is gouging.
    Got a 5-pack of 400X for $86.90 online so I'm happy with my cake and will eat it too.
    It's the capitalist principal, buy as cheap as you can, and sell at the biggest profit you can, most of Western civilization is based on it, anyway Fuji has already or is stopping making Provia 400X, so there won't be a price to complain about, but personally I would rather have the option of paying through the nose for it if I wish, and the company still produce it
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    The fact of the matter is this:

    If it is significantly cheaper for the end user to order the film in smaller bulk quantities from Freestyle (including shipping) than it is to buy the film from a local Photographic shop, its not because FS is undercutting your local shop but because your local shop is completely overpricing all of it. We're not just talking 25cents a roll here either. 100% markups are never sane.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

    http://www.flickr.com/kediwah

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    The fact of the matter is this:

    If it is significantly cheaper for the end user to order the film in smaller bulk quantities from Freestyle (including shipping) than it is to buy the film from a local Photographic shop, its not because FS is undercutting your local shop but because your local shop is completely overpricing all of it. We're not just talking 25cents a roll here either. 100% markups are never sane.
    This makes total sense for stores that have inventory that "turns over" quickly.

    But if the film is going to sit on the store's shelf for 6 months, most small businesses cannot afford the carrying charges on the money they borrow to buy it unless their margins are that high.

    And of course, if their prices are high, they are practically guaranteeing that the film will sit on their shelves.

    So many of the stores that do continue to stock film are doing so more as a "service" than in the interests of maintaining a healthy market.

    It is an extremely difficult "Catch 22" that many small photographic businesses find themselves in.
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    Well looks like their supply is high and demand is low based on their pricing themselves out of the market. Next logical step is to lower the price to reasonable levels. This isn't new for AUS/NZ - they've had film prices jacked sky high for years now.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    Well looks like their supply is high and demand is low based on their pricing themselves out of the market. Next logical step is to lower the price to reasonable levels. This isn't new for AUS/NZ - they've had film prices jacked sky high for years now.
    The point is they have stopped making it because they don't want to be in the market.
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    Who...stopped making what, and "not wanting to be in the market"!? There may be a much lower demand in the market for 400X, but Fujifilm, the busienss, is not going anywhere from the market that we can see. Retailers sit back and scratch their balls and wonder why shoppers don't come through their door. The reason has been repeated umpteen times in the print media: "the prices are too high", "gouging", "they quote one price then jack it up when you come in", etc., etc.


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    Fuji discontinued Provia 400X. The stuff you can buy now is remaining stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    Who...stopped making what, and "not wanting to be in the market"!? There may be a much lower demand in the market for 400X, but Fujifilm, the busienss, is not going anywhere from the market that we can see. Retailers sit back and scratch their balls and wonder why shoppers don't come through their door. The reason has been repeated umpteen times in the print media: "the prices are too high", "gouging", "they quote one price then jack it up when you come in", etc., etc.
    The Fuji corporation have stopped manufacturing Fuji Provia 400X so you will soon have nothing to complain about.
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