Quote Originally Posted by pbromaghin View Post
You so often forget, when this subject comes up, that your area is not everywhere and everywhere is not like your area. All the labs are not closed down where I live, nor are they where many Apuggers live. These Jobo units can serve well as part of an analog line of business for a multi-service, mostly digital photo store that cannot justify using the larger machines any more. You seem to think that the only way anything can be done is big, full time and in mass quantities, or it can't be done at all. That's just pure, out-and-out nonsense, as millions and millions of small business people around the world know.

Right-sized Ilford will be stomping on clumsy giant Kodak's grave. Fuji has made the transition to a right-sized film division surrounded by technologically related businesses where Kodak fumbled and failed, building a gigantic high-volume plant at just the wrong time. Kodak then proceeded to actively wreck their old business, not only before succeeding in anything new, but while failing in almost everything new. Not everybody in the film business is that colossally stupid.
We seem to be back where we started in early 2012 with denial of what led to Kodak's bankruptcy filing--a decade-long collapse in demand for film products and services. Labs closed or shut-down film services for lack of customers. A new JOBO in the backroom won't trigger any miracles now--assuming a lab owner would gamble on a "field of dreams" style business plan. It's not matter of the film industry's intelligence but of demand for its products that's key now. Call it nonsense if you like.

JOBO might have considered a cheaper model than this one. They make a good product but may have read the tea leaves incorrectly.