[rollei_list] Re: Digital and losing money

Eric, you can also get printers for practically nothing when you buy 
computers too. Ink  replacement seems to be frequent and costly. Perhaps 
that's where they make it. There is a number of ink cartridges being sold. 
They seem to become obsolete or scarce rather quickly.

Roger


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric Goldstein" <egoldste@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2005 1:40 PM
Subject: [rollei_list] Re: Digital and losing money


> Richard Knoppow:
>
>> This brings up one big difference between digital and
>> conventional cameras: Kodak and others sold cameras in order
>> to promote the sales of film. A digital camera is a stand
>> alone and needs no extra supplies. One needs some memory
>> chips but they are not used (or should not be used) for
>> permanent storage so don't need to be replaced constantly as
>> film does. Right now the life of a digital camera is
>> probably rather limited because of the rapid change in
>> technology so there is will be a continuing market in
>> updated cameras, but this will not last forever. Companies
>> like Kodak were guranteed a continuing market for film and
>> other expendible materials. For digital the only expendibles
>> are printer supplies, i.e., paper and ink, and to some
>> extent portable memory such as CD-ROM discs. At the moment
>> there are many suppliers of each of these items, mostly not
>> the makers of digital cameras.
>
>
> Printer supplies have higher price points/margins than film. This is a 
> huge
> expendable; it is why Kodak decided to re-enter the market with
> camera/printer combos rather than stand-alone cameras.
>
> In case you haven't noticed, manufacturers are happy to sell you a printer
> for next to nothing... ;-)
>
>
> Eric Goldstein
>
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