Anyone been following this article/thread on Oly?

Started Feb 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: First, Phoenix loses it's last good Oly dealer and now this thread

The internet has killed camera shops more than anything. Bigs cities have a few, but most medium sized cities are lucky if they have one. We have one shop for a city of 30,000 people. It's amazing that any carry Oly or Pentax still. I have never seen a Pentax in a store, but I have Oly, and in fact our camera dealer still sells Toughs and the Pens alongside lots of Panny's. Still he has to shoot weddings to pay the bills.

What percentage of people actually buy cameras from stores now? Costco still moves quite a few, but increasingly Amazon is the dealer of choice, with B & H for those who know. Between superstores and the internet, a shop in a smaller city would be suicidal not to focus on Nikon and Canon.

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John Krumm
Juneau, AK

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