Here is an excerpt from the following newspaper article:http://business.financialpost.com/2015/01/15/canadas-retail-exodus-heres-whos-closed-up-shop-in-canada/
— Sony Corp. announced January 15 it’s closing all 14 of its stores in Canada over the next six to eight weeks
— Closures will result in 90 layoffs
— Currently has stores in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto and Alberta
— Company facing US$1.9 billion loss when its fiscal year ends in March
I would be interested in hearing people's comments on how this bodes for Sony's future.
We have Sony Centres here in the UK and they are AFAIK not owned by Sony, just selling Sony products. They have to compete with huge and specialist shops. I think they sell based on service rather than lowest price but they aren't far off on price. IIRC they deliver and install your system and show you around it.
Yikes though if it is the case that Sony are struggling, then things are bad because IMHO they are up there with the best/biggest in most areas they compete in.
they would not have owned the store , just a lease
I certainly would not want to invest in a lot of glass, that only fits Sony Cameras
Got my finger burnt over Betamax
The shops are not there to do large sales, just for the "image" . So there goes the image :-) ....
They eventually did come up with a system ( mirrorless ) that worked but too many changes on the way that left a ton of let down/disappointed DSLR consumers. Soon a shitload of Alpha lenses will be extinct due to the last mount change ( to E ) - not sure how the Alpha DSLT line is going..
They owned the building outright, purchased from AT&T in the 80s. Apparently they saw the opportunity to divest themselves for a tidy profit.
Sony is closing all of its Canadian stores, and all but 11 in the US. (They are keeping the one near me, which is why I didn't notice) They own and operate the stores (but likely lease the land and buildings in most cases). Sony as a company is as strong (or as weak) as they have been, and not going out of business any time soon. The idea of the Sony store was to compete with Apple, but apparently they got too far out over the tips of their skis (Canadian pun intended and had to pull back.
Then running retail stores? That is not a core competency. Sounds like someone at Sony recognized an existential threat for what it is and decided narrow the strategic focus to things that really matter.
I really wonder if Sony will be in business in ten years.
Is Tom Hogan some sort of God, he often quoted here as if he was
He serves a market that is different from many of us that have posted on numerous occasions, that is for sure. There are certainly views of his that I don't like. In my opinion, the largest is assuming that everyone fits into his assumed market without being upfront with his bias and/or burying it.
However, there are readers and even members of this site that do sympathize with his views. I acknowledge that I have learned things from his site. He has also forced me to reconsider my own ideas and perceptions. The fact that I may not have changed my view after such reflection has improved my knowledge. For that, I am thankful to Ken Rockwell.
Every time we denigrate somebody on this site, we are also denigrating their sympathizers. Many of these sympathizers, enthusiastic or partial, are active members that do not wish to endure the inevitable personal attacks that speaking their mind will entail - not to mention the "-1s". Others are readers that will discount the value that we offer because of our bias. This reduces our credibility and standing in the photography community. I don't think we want that. We are "Nikon Rumours", not "Nikon Rumours that JPEG shooters are losers".
That is my piece. If this is something that we feel should be debated, perhaps a new thread is more appropriate.
Thom is great. He convinced me to buy RRS right from the start. Well......Golf had a big role to play too.......
I feel KR pus some good information up in regards to specs that I find it hard to locate in a simple format such as his.
I don't think he is as bad as many make him out to be, but I also don't buy into his religiously, either.
Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.
If anything, I am grateful for Sony pushing the envelope with their new cameras so that Canon and Nikon can follow suit and release similar products. Sony has kept the market "honest" so to speak. I have played with a few of their products and found them to be great fun although I will be staying with Leica and Nikon.
Sony Stores didn't do well becomes they didn't offer anything you couldn't get from a third party dealer for less. They tried to copy the Apple Store and it didn't really work, especially since Sony smartphones and tablets haven't been very popular.
I think Sony has the most diversity and choice in terms of camera products, so I hope they stick around.
I hope their problem doesn't spread outside of Canada - all players help drive development.