TO Film Price Hikes
Silvano just revised their film list and prices: less selection and higher prices even with the stronger C$. Hello B&H!
Have a comparative look--Silvano-vs-B&H on 120 propacs(5 rolls):
Without exchange charges, a sample order from B&H with shipping and taxes of a 120 propac of Ektar and Portra400: US$58.43
Same two propacs from Silvano with HST: C$70.51
Anyone know of better film pricing in TO/GTA/ON/Canada?
No, it seems up here they like to squeeze your b*lls until you give up and convert to d*g*t*l out desperation. Even finding a decent film selection is difficult. The major stores have the run of the mill consumer film but no depth and not selection of the more obscure though they can get it in many times less than a week but, at a high cost.
It sucks. Silvano seems to be the best priced but that's not saying much. B&W isn't as wildly over-priced as colour but FilmPlus charges even more than Silvano. There's no steady distributor for Kodak products. I keep hoping somebody will try to grab what market there is in the GTA for film/paper/chemistry. Question is--what market?
Originally Posted by BrianL
It tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You reduce the amount and breadth offered, and eventually no one comes around to buy it, because there is nothing worthwhile offered...
Fuji and Kodak have already pared their film selection down to basics. Retailers really don't have all that much to stock compared to 5 years ago. Demand is miniscule now for all film around the GTA. When cheap C-41 dev/print service offered by Costco and others folded, demand for consumer film that was already plummeting finally died. Film has a shelf life and retailers can't justify carrying stock that won't move before it's stale.
Originally Posted by Len Middleton