Amazon pricing headache-provoking

December 8, 2017

At debut, Amazon Australia‘s prices for camera gear – that is, products direct from AmazonAU – have not significantly undercut local photo retailers, and in many instances are more expensive. However,  as we discovered monitoring the website over its first … Continue reading


Amazon Marketplace a grey Trojan Horse

December 8, 2017

Until next July, local retailers will be at a massive disadvantage competing against grey marketers on the Amazon Australia website. The inequity of the GST-free loophole for overseas retailers is writ large by Amazon Australia. If Amazon is going to … Continue reading


Camera shipments recovery stalls

December 5, 2017

For the first time this year, camera shipments for October dipped significantly below the levels for the same month in 2016, but the total shipments for the year to date remain almost 11 percent up on 2016. There was a … Continue reading


Rest in Peace: Neil Fletcher

December 7, 2017

Neil Edward Fletcher (‘Fletch’) one of the leaders in Australian photo retailing in the ’70s and ’80s, and something of a ‘larger than life’ personality, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 2 in Maroochydore, Qld. He had been in poor … Continue reading


Fujifilm, Polaroid in instant photo dispute

November 23, 2017

Fujifilm has responded to allegations of trademark infringement by Polaroid with a formal complaint to the US District Court seeking a ruling clearing it of wrong-doing. Since the release of the Fujifilm Instax Square system early this year, Polaroid has … Continue reading


Multiblitz goes into liquidation

December 8, 2017

German lighting manufacturer, Multiblitz, has gone into liquidation. Since the end of October, Multiblitz had indicated financial woes and was looking for a potential buyer to keep the company afloat. But this ultimately failed. Multiblitz will now join the likes … Continue reading



December 8, 2017

Spy drones…The ultimate portrait lens?…Epson freshens up photo printer range… Spy drones The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has accused drone-maker DJI of  spying for the Chinese government. It alleges (‘with moderate confidence’) that ‘Chinese-based company DJI Science and … Continue reading


Specular fills L&P-shaped gap in Sydney market

November 24, 2017

Melbourne-based professional distributor and reseller Specular has just opened a Sydney showroom, in part to fill the gap created by the closure of L&P Photo earlier this year. Specular has assumed Australian distribution from L&P for Phase One, Phase One … Continue reading


November 24, 2017

CLASSIES are back! Noritsu QSS3301…Noritsu QSS3300…Noritsu film processor…Kodak G4 Kiosks…Kodak 6850 thermal printer…Ricoh GX-e3300n Dye Sublimation printer…Presses…Epson 7800 printer… Continue reading


‘Doorway’ websites dilute local searches

November 23, 2017

A Sydney-based online camera retailer, Camera Warehouse, is expanding its online presence by using a sophisticated search engine optimisation technique to pull in customers from regional areas. Camera Warehouse has an outlet in Sydney, and describes itself as ‘Australia’s largest … Continue reading


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