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| Re: Camera producers death spiral |
I can't vouch for Thom's data since I don't have access to it, but he claims to have talked to all kinds of executives/insiders and to have strong tech and camera industry experience. I can only judge his logic and the data he presented, which looks good to me.
It is clear that there's overcapacity in the camera market - though I suppose one could say Thom exaggerates by judging black friday sales, but I'd like to see contradictory data - and I do fear that smaller companies with high volume pretentions (Panny and Olympus) might be buried in a race to the bottom.
And there's no way consumer cameras (P&S, low end DSLRs) make anything close to a good profit margin, especially if bought at discount. (that being said, I'd imagine the tops of the line have good profit margins).