Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
A 20% margin (aka a 25% markup) is a great way to go out of a retail business quick unless you have very quick turnover.

B & H can probably do it. Most smaller stores probably cannot.

A $20 wholesale cost is the problem.
I think I've mentioned it before, but my local lab used to buy his Velvia from the fuji dealer, they wanted $20/roll of 135-36 *Wholesale*.
He now buys it over the internet like the rest of us, pays $10 a roll and re-sells it for $15. Of course, I just buy it over the net and skip the middleman, but the local lab is very useful when I need something and realise the freezer is empty (which, actually, is fairly often, so he still gets good business out of me).

I just checked Japanexposures, they've got Provia 400X for $16/135-36 in packs of 5 or 20, I've never bought from them so I don't know how cheap is their shipping.