Tried to buy local, no sale.

Started Feb 23, 2014 | Discussions thread
Aberaeron Veteran Member • Posts: 6,748
Re: We can order it for you...

SLOjoe wrote:

I live in a town of 60,000 people and it has a small camera store. The usual C/N, Panasonic, Olympus

and a bunch of P&S cameras. Its very nice to have the store in town, but twice I'v walked in ready to buy (camera once, lens another time) and it seems its either we can sell you this display model, "sorry no discount, we just put it out" or "we can order it for you and have it here in a few days".

I'v bought my accessories at this store when I see something I want/need but it seems any large ticket item is just not in stock. So, as you might expect, I can order a camera or lens or any other photo related item on line, save a little money and "have it in a few days". Come on photo stores, get with the current state of retailing or just be a "instant digital print" and photo album store. Wake up!!!

Small stores are caught between a rock and a hard place on this one. The capital needed to stock a lot of high ticket slow-movers can cripple them. It is bad enough that they have very high overheads and probably a hundredfold higher labour cost per item sold than places like Amazon, without tens of thousands out on items that can gather dust from one year to the next.

There is a way forward for them though that allows for your wishes. They could sell on the internet themselves, both through their own site, through Amazon, Ebay and wherever else they can make a coin.

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