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Developing Story: Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US

My sympathies to their employees.

Henry Posner
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Mar 13, 2014 at 02:55 PM
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From http://photobusinessforum.blogspot.com/2014/03/calumetphoto-chapter-7-bankruptcy.html:

Calumetphoto.com LLC has voluntarily filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listed as case #14-08908 in the Northern District of Illinois United States Bankruptcy Court. The filing is dated March 12, 2014

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Mar 13, 2014 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Sad to see them go.



Mar 13, 2014 at 04:36 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Triple whammy got them.

Multiple locations.
Weakening camera industry.
And the cheap fly-by-night equipment companies getting good enough to consider bypassing all retail is the last one. Accessories are always the bread and butter.



Mar 13, 2014 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


http://www.scribd.com/doc/212265191/Calumet-Photographic-bankruptcy-petition

Henry Posner
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Mar 13, 2014 at 06:25 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Triple whammy got them.

Not. I disagree with all 3 of your reasons.

It was simply the fact that cheaper prices are to be had from internet retailers (which includes the avoidance of local sales taxes). And cell phones. More and more would-be photographers are settling for their i-phone, android shots for their photo needs. The picture-taking-only-camera will go the way of Kodachrome. It's inevitable.



Mar 13, 2014 at 06:26 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Sarsfield wrote:
Not. I disagree with all 3 of your reasons.


Best Buy, Staples, CompUSA, Ritz, Radio Shack, now Calumet. All multi-site retailers, all struggling or gone.

Henry Posner
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Mar 13, 2014 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


This is indeed sad to hear. The guys at the Santa Ana, CA store have always been good; same with the folks in LA. I've done business with Calumet for years. Too bad I can no longer go to my nearby store to get Calumet or Bowens gear and parts.

Question for Henry Posner: Since my monolights are Calumet Travelites (750 watts), can I get replacement bulbs or other parts from B&H?



Mar 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


An obscure post on their Facebook page said a few locations could stay. Hope it is the Chicago location


Mar 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM
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"After 75 years of business it is with a heavy heart that we announce our immediate closing in the United States (our European stores will continue)..."

Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calumet_Photographi



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Being cynical, my first thought was if they reopen a few stores, existing employees will probably be forwarded the courtesy of reapplying for positions with wages that reflect 'current market conditions...'

My sympathies to the ex-employees... having worked in the slowly collapsing traditional news industry...



Mar 14, 2014 at 01:44 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


The Oak Brook, IL Calumet was a fairly good drive for me, but a great place to go to try items that aren't available locally.

My wife bought a 17-40 there (really nice lens) and several years ago I bought the 75-300 USM III. I thought it was pretty good at the time

Camera Company in Madison, WI seems like a nice place. I'm not much of a fan of the Rockford, IL stores.

Dave



Mar 14, 2014 at 02:21 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Very sad to hear


Mar 14, 2014 at 02:28 AM
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My sympathies are with the people who devoted their careers to working for Calumet. They
have very few options in a dying business.It's a damn shame that people can earn a living in this business
anymore.



Mar 14, 2014 at 02:30 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Is trade moving online? I like being able to see goods in person - it's a shame. A changing retail landscape for sure.


Mar 14, 2014 at 03:05 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79610449/

Saddened by this. A once strong retailer shuts it's doors in US.



Mar 14, 2014 at 05:47 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


I actually heard a rumor early this week, wanted to post earlier, however, a very long day of photography.
Sad to me as Calumet, and it's pros, have been a valuable partner to my business over the past two decades.



Mar 14, 2014 at 06:17 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Sad. Visited their Chicago location multiple times, was my go-to rental house. Bought a couple lenses there. Everyone working there seemed to truly love photography.


Mar 14, 2014 at 07:25 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


I visited the New York store two weeks ago and saw less merchandise that I'd seen there in the past.


Mar 14, 2014 at 09:32 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Calumet Announces Immediate Closing in the US


Henry are you at liberty to comment on B&H status (struggling, prospering ....) ?


Mar 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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