I can't say I'm surprised. The digital age stood the entire industry on its ear. Even those that have tried to diversify and change their business models have struggled. Kodak has had a rough time. And I'm expecting Polaroid to fade out or morph into something very different in there not too distant future.
Yes, one of the old timers. I didn't use them much . Just a few things.
Had a collegue who lost his business because a camera set up he rented from them was faulty. Ruined a complete prom in my old town. After the pictures came back blurry, he lost his senior market as well as his wedding market.
This was back in late 80's I believe
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
Ya.. and I had just discovered Helix while I was in Chicago 3 years ago.
After that I kept seeing their name on Ebay when I was checking our used equipment. Now I know why... they were selling off trying to stem the flow of blood.
These brick and mortar stores have a hell of a time competing against Amazon. Customers come in and handle the merch and ask the salesperson questions and then buy online. I even read the a story the other day where someone did that and then right in front of the salesperson whipped out their cell and ordered online in front of them... after taking 15 minutes of their time.
you can just go to some CVS and have them processed but I'm sure you know that's pretty much a joke.
same-thing-only-different I needed a simple old fashion remedy 2 days ago I needed a dependable eye-wash/disinfectant/preservative ~ BORIC ACID ~ been using it since I was a kid could be had for maybe $3 bucks at any pharmacy... ...had all of the "independent" pharmacies been driven out of nearly every town around here...
So I head on over to one of the 6 CVSs in the vicinity, and asked the post pubescent pill-pusher behind the counter if they carry Boric Acid... ...then had to explain what it was, what it was for, and why I needed it...and NOT one of the 15 Brands of Expensive EyeDrops & Washes on the EyeCare shelf. Only to be informed that they no longer carry it "BECAUSE IT WASN'T A BIG SELLER" *sigh*
My preferred go-to eyewash is an infusion of Goldenseal Root mixed with a bit of diluted Boric Acid that doubles as a preservative for extended shelf life... together, you can make a lifetime supply for about $5.00 vs $5.00 a pop for Visine that might bloody well 'get the red out' but doantdodick for any kind of damage to the cornea or sty or infection!
So today... I have to make that 25 mile drive back to my old pharmacy in Bloomfield for my $3 lifetime supply.
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