Up until lat year, I was an assistant manager in a fairly busy photo store in suburban DC. We stocked all of the Kodak papers, a good supply of Agfa VC papers, All of the Ilford MG papers (FB and RC Warm and cold), all of the films from Kodak, Ilford, and Agfa while they were around and even Bergger papers. In addition we carried all of the common Kodak developers, fixers, and indicator stop bath as well as sepia toners and Selinium. There were a smattering of Ilford chemicals, Rodinal, Berg toners, liquid light, Marshall's oils, tray cleaner, sodium sulfite, and a smattering of other things as well. In other words, a pretty good selection of analog photo consumables. Over the past 5 years, there has been a considerable drop in sales even though we had darn near everything out and ready to sell. In the last year, a lot of it was not reordered because there were much more profitable lines with higher turnovers like bags, and digital accessories. The ONLY reason that the store keeps the papers and chemicals at all is that the local community college has a pretty active photo department. It isn't as easy as "stock it and they will come", there is a genuine lack of interest in the analog photo world. Stores have to carry what sells, and what sells the quickest, and analog supplies just ain't them. Things change...


Isaac