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There are 3 Calumet stores in the Washington, DC area (used to be Penn Camera). Every time I have been in the one in N Virginia, the stock is less than adequate and I usually end up ordering what I am looking for from B&H
Still have the 90mm f/8 Super Angulon .
It is sad to hear, but not surprising. Small stores have been closing by the droves for years. The same issues they deal with is just moving on up to the larger stores. It's all about inventory management. The need to have it on hand, needing to move it, not selling it, then having too much on hand. Then add the cost of retail rent and expenses, retail workers, building maintenance, etc. Compare that to with on-line retailers that don't have the same costs at all. Staples has closed over 200 stores, BestBuy, Circuit City, K-mart... the list goes on for miles on businesses that haven't changed or not changed fast enough to compete with Amazon and online retailers and have had to close or close many stores. B&H and Adorama and a few others moved online early and continuously updated to compete, even listing stuff on Amazon. Interestingly, many that have survived only have a handful or less stores. When searching for products I never saw Calumet come up at all in searches. A few times that I did, their prices were always higher by quite a bit. That is never a good thing when you need to move inventory.
It is sad to hear, but not surprising. When searching for products I never saw Calumet come up at all in searches. A few times that I did, their prices were always higher by quite a bit. That is never a good thing when you need to move inventory.
I'm afraid it's the same here in the UK too. I don't expect them to be around much longer. Maybe the only way it would work would be for the distributors and brick and mortar dealers to fix prices - illegal at the moment, but I can't think of another way.