News   

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

News   

Tax holiday for Canon, Sony, Fujifilm

December 19, 2017

It appears there are two distinct categories of tax-paying among the leading businesses in the photo industry – those which pay zero tax and those which pay at or near the 30 percent tax rate. The figures are contained in … Continue reading

Opinion   

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

News   

Definitely another Kodak Moment

December 19, 2017

In the US, Kodak Alaris (calling itself ‘Kodak Moments’ these days) has embarked on its ‘largest marketing campaign since 2013’ to launch a major reconfiguration of its Kodak Moments kiosk/online ordering app. Meanwhile, in Australia, Kodak Alaris-aka-Moments’ marketing manager didn’t … Continue reading

Research   

Christmas sales down – unless they are up!

December 15, 2017

According to marker researcher IBISworld, Australian retailers are expected to struggle with falling December sales…But if alternative predictions from the ARA and Roy Morgan are on the money, the opposite will be true – pre-Christmas sales across all categories of … Continue reading

News   

Gift vouchers and GST

December 15, 2017

The ATO has advised retailers on when to report GST on gift cards. If you sell a gift voucher which can be redeemed for a choice of goods or services up to a certain value, you need to report the … Continue reading

News   

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

News   

SHORT EXPOSURES: December 8

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

News   

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

News   

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

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