kcbrown wrote in post #15881388
You'd think that would be good for the used camera market, actually, as they'd be replacing their old dusty cameras with new shiny ones, and would presumably want to sell their old cameras in order to be able to better pay for the new ones.
That the used camera market there is so bad, when combined with the loss of camera stores in the area, implies that people are hanging onto their gear, and that implies the photography economy there is in relatively bad shape.
No, they are not replacing their old dusty cameras because they didn't had that old cameras in first place. I only could justify the purchase of a SLR some years ago, for example. The photography economy is booming (only the "used and repair" market, in Rio, took a hit), a lot of people are buying a good camera for the first time. Few people are not interested in buying a old camera because now they can finally buy a "nice" camera.
In the same note, when that nice camera malfunctions, people simply buy a new one, or resort to their camphones. As in the past the camera market was depressed, a decent infrastrutucture of servicing stores never developed. I know where to look for, but when my wife's old camera broke, I found that the repairs would cost almost the same as a new camera.
My point is that first world experience is not easily applicable to a third world situation.
On a side note, people here usually don't buy cameras at specialized camera stores. In Rio and São Paulo, DSLR are sold at ..., well, ... at a hi tech kasbah No, I'm serious. Point & shots are sold at departament stores, supermarkets aaaand ... street vendors (the regular kasbah)