That's the only reason, unfortunately. I wish these purchases would help Kodak but I'm not fooling myself. Call me a romantic, but I'm not one of those to simply say, "oh well, they are gone and I'll shoot something else". It's Kodak for goodness sake, and it's Tri-X. It's photography, beauty, heritage, history. I want to have enough of those yellow boxes to last me until my eyes give up.
Its funny how the government stepped in a number of times these past few years to protect institutions that were supposedly a core element the the U.S. economy, from financial institutions, to manufacturing companies, to big technology. But a company such as Kodak, which over its company lifetime has aided the U.S. in a number of huge technological developments and products, as well as employed a substantial work force for the last 100 years, is being left in the dust, having to piecemeal itself apart. Its quite a sad story thats been unfolding, but the truth is, unless kodak does some huge technological leap frogging to boost its revenue, along with some realignment of its marketing department, this only seems as though it will get worse.:pouty:
As of their 2010 statement Kodak's assets minus liabilities equaled approximately negative $1 billion.
Having worked for a large, old company that finally sold everything off and went out of business (White Motors), this makes me sad. I don't think they can make it in the printer business. I'm not that knowledgeable, but I don't see ink cartridges the same as film (maybe razor blades?). Trying to 'leap frog' technology is very difficult. Been there, done that. Unless you have a good foundation and are up on a business, it's almost impossible to come up to speed fast enough.
I'm sure many good minds are working on their situation, but I fear for their demise.
If you can shop for buggy whips on an iPad (and you can) there will always be film, certainly as long as any of us is alive. I think Ilford will be the last man standing in the film coliseum. Fuji is just as capital intensive a business as is Kodak. They'll get out of the film business, too, sooner than later methinks.
If you want to have black & white film around in future years and are running low, support Ilford and not Kodak. Your purchase there will be something more than a mere exercise in futility.
I'm down to my last 10 sheets of 8x10 Tmax. When it's gone I'll order HP5+.