US photo retailing: same story, different country?

March 14, 2017

Low margins, sales-tax free sales from competitors, rebate promotions and a collapse in photographic printing are punishing photo specialty retailing in the US. Sound familiar? Phil Mistry reports on the demise of Showcase Photo & Video, the last dedicated camera … Continue reading


Getting sale prices right

March 27, 2017

When you walk through an Australian mall you are bombarded with signs saying ‘buy one, get one free’ and ’70 percent off’, and shops seem to be perpetually running sales. This is understandable, as the presence of a sale sign, … Continue reading


March 23, 2017

PhotoCounter is compiling a 2017 press release compendium – somewhere you can come to grab the full press announcement supporting a new camera or lens release. A .PDF or .DOC is provided when applicable, and if we can’t supply a … Continue reading


Inkjet versus silver: horses for courses

March 29, 2017

John Swainston recently caught up with Ron Kubara, worldwide spokesperson for Noritsu, the company that pioneered minilabs and is now following a similar path with retail inkjet printers. PhotoCounter: Noritsu’s heritage is firmly in silver-halide based processing. You have lined … Continue reading


Mirrorless to drive growth in 2017?

March 27, 2017

A close reading of the latest CIPA camera production and shipment figures indicates that the supply line disruption due to the Kumamoto earthquake is over, and that all growth in the camera market is now in the mirrorless interchangeables category. Two … Continue reading

Lexar USB drive tough as; secure too

March 28, 2017

Lexar has announced a range of ‘ruggedised’ USB drives. The Lexar JumpDrive Tough range combines a rugged yet stylish look with secure, high-speed performance. The drives can withstand temperatures from -25 to 150 degrees Celsius, immersion in water to around … Continue reading


Ebay, Amazon to collect GST on offshore sales?

March 16, 2017

The Federal Government is proceeding with its plans to apply GST to low-value imported goods up to a value of $1000 and if it has its way, Ebay will be one of its top tax collectors! A ‘vendor registration model’ … Continue reading


ARA wants 2-stage penalty rate drop

March 16, 2017

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) supports a two-stage reduction in Sunday penalty rate reduction. The ARA proposes the Sunday penalty rates reduction for permanent and casual employees be reduced to 175 percent from July 1 2017. The second stage of this … Continue reading


‘Penny a print’ from Amazon

March 16, 2017

The latest promotional discounts to Amazon Prime members on photographic prints, sent to PhotoCounter by our special Hawaiian correspondent, Harvey Gordon (formerly a leading Sydney-based photo specialist), certainly catches the eye!  ‘If and when Amazon launch in Australia, promotions like … Continue reading


Bunbury CH supporting local culture

March 16, 2017

Bunbury Camera House has joined the City of Bunbury and local silicon smelter Simcoa Operations in the City of Bunbury Cultural Exchange photo competition, with the top prize two tickets to visit Bunbury’s Japanese sister city, Setagaya. Setagaya is a … Continue reading


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