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Mar 13, 2014 18:47 as a reply to  @ post 16756677 |  #16

They are closing over here in the UK as well?

If so, that basically leaves one or two unusually well stocked shops like Park Cameras and then basically industry outlets like Production Gear in Elstree and the specialist rental outlets in London, who after all can get in whatever you want as well as rentals, so I guess Calumet went wrong somewhere perhaps trying to hang on in there selling cameras to people off the street but not selling pink plastic cases for iPhones as well.

Bet they didn't see that one coming


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Mar 13, 2014 20:56 |  #17

Thats to bad. I have had an account with them since 1989. Go back to Bensenville and I have bought Hasselblads and Hasselblad Zeiss glass also bought my 2 5Ds and my 2 5DIIs there as well as my 24L, 35L 85L, 200 2L and my Leica 35 Lux FLE all there. Bought my Mac Pro from them as well as my Epson V700 scanner and 2880 printer. I would buy my seamless paper there also. I heard that some store might re open. I know the Oak Brook store was doing well. Real sad because a couple of the sales people I have dealt with for decades. Sad day indeed...




  
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Mar 14, 2014 01:29 |  #18

I drive by the Oak Brook, IL location all the time on my way home from work. It was a great place to stop when I needed something or my drive was too stressful. I read the news early Thursday and stopped by on my way home hoping they might somehow still be open and getting rid of stuff at ridiculous prices. No such luck though. Guess I'll wait a little longer to upgrade my body.


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Mar 14, 2014 06:19 |  #19

tfd888 wrote in post #16754874 (external link)
Apparently Calumet Photo has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy and shuttered their doors today from what I was told by a friend. Their website no longer loads up either http://www.calumetphot​o.com/ (external link) .

the trend continues, high end camera gear sales are from Amazon, B&H and Adorama and not local




  
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Mar 14, 2014 07:37 |  #20

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the trend continues, high end camera gear sales are from Amazon, B&H and Adorama and not local

What killed Calumet is they went from local to a big chain. From what I understand the Oak Brook and Cherry St (Chicago) locations were solid performers. It was some of the others that were poor performers that brought down the fleet.




  
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Mar 14, 2014 08:23 |  #21

watt100 wrote in post #16757599 (external link)
the trend continues, high end camera gear sales are from Amazon, B&H and Adorama and not local

B&H and Adorama are local for me but I know what you mean. I used to go to Calumet on 22nd Street here in Manhattan. They had great gear and a friendly staff. I also have used them for rentals.


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Mar 14, 2014 09:16 |  #22

I just used my $50 gift card about a month ago... Good thing I did huh.

What a shame. I was in their Oakbrook store. Had a Travelite repaired and used the $50 gift card on that.


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Mar 14, 2014 09:41 |  #23

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Exactly!

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Mar 14, 2014 10:28 |  #24

airfrogusmc wrote in post #16757694 (external link)
What killed Calumet is they went from local to a big chain. From what I understand the Oak Brook and Cherry St (Chicago) locations were solid performers. It was some of the others that were poor performers that brought down the fleet.


I think we may find in the end that Calumet was undone by its online business and difficulty in price matching. I always made my big equipment purchases at Calumet because a B&M store with a staff person I've met with face to face feels more secure. Indeed, my first 40D went toe up after about 4,000 actuation's, Calumet replaced it under the full service MACK warranty and then made sure to transfer the balance of the MACK to the new body.

Their staff is really knowledgeable and this was their best feature.

Where I think they went wrong was in there online business. The online catalog was difficult to navigate and not as well conceived as Adorama and B&H. This made price comparison time consuming and on more than one occasion, I bailed out of Calumet and made my purchase at B&H. Bodies and brand new lenses I would buy in the store--as well as last minute items. But everything else I would buy online and Calumet just did not make itself competitive.

B&H is also a very brick and mortar store, but since they started trying to be a super store, I trust them a little less because I suspect they are using a 3rd party vendors to handle the sales of their non-core merchandise.

The way they closed was a terrible thing to do to the staff. The upper management must have been very much out of touch with the needs of its employees.


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Mar 14, 2014 12:15 |  #25

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Mar 15, 2014 06:59 |  #26

thx 4 the link




  
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Mar 15, 2014 08:19 |  #27

question is should I go to a still open UK store and rent an EF 600 L for a week on the hope they shut down on Monday here too and Im stuck unable to return the lens :)


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Mar 15, 2014 08:22 |  #28

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question is should I go to a still open UK store and rent an EF 600 L for a week on the hope they shut down on Monday here too and Im stuck unable to return the lens :)

I think they take your credit card info so they may charge you for a purchase of it. But hey, what's the worst that could happen. You'd end up having a great lens. :)


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Mar 15, 2014 08:36 |  #29

Yea your right, unless you have some sort of account I believe , so the worst that could happen is I'll be $17,450 down (UK price converted) :(


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Mar 15, 2014 09:06 |  #30

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I think they take your credit card info so they may charge you for a purchase of it. But hey, what's the worst that could happen. You'd end up having a great lens. :)

Just dispute the charge with your credit card company. You didn't buy the lens, and it is then merely sitting at your home waiting for some reasonable means for you to return it or have someone from the company claim it... Wouldn't be your fault if the company closed it doors and refused to take it back.


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