[Article] Kodak Leads in U.S. Digital-Camera Market

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"Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
Market, Research Firm Says"

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    Allodoxaphobia wrote:
    > "Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    > Market, Research Firm Says"
    >
    > http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3

    Actually, it looks like Canon is gaining faster than Kodak. Looks like
    a three horse race, Kodak, Canon, and Sony.


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    In article <w%Sfe.9$rt1.6@fe04.lga>, rphunter@charter.net says...
    > Allodoxaphobia wrote:
    > > "Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    > > Market, Research Firm Says"
    > >
    > > http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3
    >
    > Actually, it looks like Canon is gaining faster than Kodak. Looks like
    > a three horse race, Kodak, Canon, and Sony.
    >

    I look for Canon to continue gaining. When looking for a relatively
    cheap point and shoot camera for my wife I looked at a Kodak and a
    Canon. The Canon Powershot A510 won out for several reasons.

    While both got good reviews the Canon lets you set the JPG comression
    the Kodak didn't.

    While I like my Kodak DX6490, I'd like to be able to set the compression
    level as well as have the ability to save to a non-compressed format,
    preferably RAW, but TIFF would be OK as well.

    When I contacted Kodak I was told they'd keep it in mind for future
    models. I wouldn't think it would take much to make a firmware update to
    address these shortcomings.

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    It maybe a surprise, but Kodak are a very strong company with fingers in
    lots of different pies.

    I personally like them as a company, but that is neither here nor there.

    Just for info, pre Canon D30 DSLR's were developed in conjunction with
    Kodak, such as the EOS DCS1, DCS3 and D2000 cameras.

    I was once of the proud owners of one of their first digital compacts, and
    despite the size, it was faultless and so were they as a company. But I
    sold it because I preferred film at that point.


    "Allodoxaphobia" <bit-bucket@config.com> wrote in message
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    > "Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    > Market, Research Firm Says"
    >
    > http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3
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    KennyJr wrote:
    > In article <w%Sfe.9$rt1.6@fe04.lga>, rphunter@charter.net says...
    >
    >>Allodoxaphobia wrote:
    >>
    >>>"Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    >>> Market, Research Firm Says"
    >>>
    >>> http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3
    >>
    >>Actually, it looks like Canon is gaining faster than Kodak. Looks like
    >>a three horse race, Kodak, Canon, and Sony.
    >>
    >
    >
    > I look for Canon to continue gaining. When looking for a relatively
    > cheap point and shoot camera for my wife I looked at a Kodak and a
    > Canon. The Canon Powershot A510 won out for several reasons.
    >
    > While both got good reviews the Canon lets you set the JPG comression
    > the Kodak didn't.
    >
    > While I like my Kodak DX6490, I'd like to be able to set the compression
    > level as well as have the ability to save to a non-compressed format,
    > preferably RAW, but TIFF would be OK as well.
    >
    > When I contacted Kodak I was told they'd keep it in mind for future
    > models. I wouldn't think it would take much to make a firmware update to
    > address these shortcomings.
    >
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    I also found that my first digital camera (DX3600) had some
    shortcomings, all of which I passed to Kodak. My current one (DX6440)
    addressed every one of those shortcomings, and more. Now, there are
    only a couple of items I would like to see changed, and the compression
    issue is one of them. As for firmware updates, it seems that Kodak
    policy is NOT to make 'improvements' with firmware, only to correct
    performance 'bugs' this way. The policy seems geared toward selling a
    new camera, rather than improving the operation of the old one.
    Indeed, the newer version of my camera does have two compression
    settings, unfortunately neither is 'uncompressed'.


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    And Kodak cameras are all made in the good old USA?

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    "Allodoxaphobia" <bit-bucket@config.com> wrote in message
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    > "Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    > Market, Research Firm Says"
    >
    > http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3
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    Tony wrote:
    > And Kodak cameras are all made in the good old USA?
    >
    I seriously doubt that. It is a global economy.


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    "Allodoxaphobia" <bit-bucket@config.com> wrote in message
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    > "Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    > Market, Research Firm Says"
    >
    > http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3


    So What?

    Should I be very concerned, I have 2 Nikons and my wife has a Fuji.

    Will I be looked down upon because I do not own a Kodak

    Will my photos not be as good?

    Could it have something to do with the unreliability of Kodak Cameras?

    Or is it just that Joe Public is as stupid as the advertising indusdtry
    thinks he is.

    Roy G
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    Roy wrote:
    > "Allodoxaphobia" <bit-bucket@config.com> wrote in message
    > news:slrnd7vkq3.bnp.bit-bucket@shell.config.com...
    >
    >>"Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    >>Market, Research Firm Says"
    >>
    >>http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3
    >
    >
    >
    > So What?
    >
    > Should I be very concerned, I have 2 Nikons and my wife has a Fuji.
    >
    > Will I be looked down upon because I do not own a Kodak
    >
    > Will my photos not be as good?
    >
    > Could it have something to do with the unreliability of Kodak Cameras?
    >
    > Or is it just that Joe Public is as stupid as the advertising indusdtry
    > thinks he is.
    >
    > Roy G
    >
    >
    Sure, Roy, your Nikon and Fuji will cease to function when their market
    share drops below 5%... Grin.
    And if Kodak cameras were that unreliable, don't you think sales would
    drop, rather than rise? After all, what does Kodak know about making
    cameras, they haven't been at it but a few years, right?
    And, yes, Joe Public IS about as stupid as the advertising industry
    thinks he is, otherwise all those companies like Canon and Sony would
    stop advertising, right?


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    Steven M. Scharf wrote:
    > ...
    > Actually, ROI and ASP should be more of
    > interest. Selling mass quanitites of
    > low end cameras may not make Kodak
    > any money. They lost $142 million in
    > Q12005.

    I have to give the Kodak managers credit
    in spite of the losses. They were the biggest
    manufacturer in the world of a product (film)
    that is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

    Although there's no way they can arrest the
    slide in film, paper and chemical sales, they
    took the bull by the horns and decided to
    invest billions in new products to try to
    keep the company alive and competive, even
    if it did mean they would lose a ton of
    money re-orienting and downsizing the company.

    If they continue to execute their strategy
    successfully, eventually they'll make profits
    again - although probably on a significantly
    smaller scale than in the heyday of film.

    However, as everyone said, this is irrelevant
    to the camera buyer. The only important thing
    to camera owners is that the manufacturer of
    their camera continue to stay in business so that
    parts and service remain available. And even
    that may not be too important since repair costs
    are so high these days and the cost of new
    cameras with greater functionality is dropping.

    Alan
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    "Ron Hunter" <rphunter@charter.net> wrote in message
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    > Roy wrote:
    >> "Allodoxaphobia" <bit-bucket@config.com> wrote in message
    >> news:slrnd7vkq3.bnp.bit-bucket@shell.config.com...
    >>
    >>>"Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    >>>Market, Research Firm Says"
    >>>
    >>>http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> So What?
    >>
    >> Should I be very concerned, I have 2 Nikons and my wife has a Fuji.
    >>
    >> Will I be looked down upon because I do not own a Kodak
    >>
    >> Will my photos not be as good?
    >>
    >> Could it have something to do with the unreliability of Kodak Cameras?
    >>
    >> Or is it just that Joe Public is as stupid as the advertising indusdtry
    >> thinks he is.
    >>
    >> Roy G
    > Sure, Roy, your Nikon and Fuji will cease to function when their market
    > share drops below 5%... Grin.
    > And if Kodak cameras were that unreliable, don't you think sales would
    > drop, rather than rise? After all, what does Kodak know about making
    > cameras, they haven't been at it but a few years, right?
    > And, yes, Joe Public IS about as stupid as the advertising industry thinks
    > he is, otherwise all those companies like Canon and Sony would stop
    > advertising, right?
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > Ron Hunter rphunter@charter.net


    Hi there

    That's right Kodak did stop making cameras for a very long time, and only
    restarted when APS was foisted upon Joe Public.

    I am assuming that they do make them, and don't just have them made by
    someone else (in darkest China).

    Kodak have managed to retain a very good reputation among the Gen Public,
    but their cameras are no better than any others.

    The main point of my post was that Market Share should be of little interest
    to photographers, but of considerable importance to Employees and
    Shareholders.

    The bulk of their Camera sales are to the General public whose knowledge of
    Photography and Cameras is miniscule.

    We, (being interested and interesting photographers) have almost nothing in
    common with the vast majority of Kodak Camera owners.

    So what is the point of all this crowing about the Big Yellow Box.

    Roy G
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    Roy wrote:
    > "Ron Hunter" <rphunter@charter.net> wrote in message
    > news:gjdge.2593$rt1.2551@fe04.lga...
    >
    >>Roy wrote:
    >>
    >>>"Allodoxaphobia" <bit-bucket@config.com> wrote in message
    >>>news:slrnd7vkq3.bnp.bit-bucket@shell.config.com...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>"Kodak Retains Lead Over Japanese Giants in U.S. Digital-Camera
    >>>>Market, Research Firm Says"
    >>>>
    >>>>http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050509/digital_cameras.html?.v=3
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>So What?
    >>>
    >>>Should I be very concerned, I have 2 Nikons and my wife has a Fuji.
    >>>
    >>>Will I be looked down upon because I do not own a Kodak
    >>>
    >>>Will my photos not be as good?
    >>>
    >>>Could it have something to do with the unreliability of Kodak Cameras?
    >>>
    >>>Or is it just that Joe Public is as stupid as the advertising indusdtry
    >>>thinks he is.
    >>>
    >>>Roy G
    >>
    >>Sure, Roy, your Nikon and Fuji will cease to function when their market
    >>share drops below 5%... Grin.
    >>And if Kodak cameras were that unreliable, don't you think sales would
    >>drop, rather than rise? After all, what does Kodak know about making
    >>cameras, they haven't been at it but a few years, right?
    >>And, yes, Joe Public IS about as stupid as the advertising industry thinks
    >>he is, otherwise all those companies like Canon and Sony would stop
    >>advertising, right?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>--
    >>Ron Hunter rphunter@charter.net
    >
    >
    >
    > Hi there
    >
    > That's right Kodak did stop making cameras for a very long time, and only
    > restarted when APS was foisted upon Joe Public.

    Oh? When did they not make cameras? I must have missed that.

    >
    > I am assuming that they do make them, and don't just have them made by
    > someone else (in darkest China).
    >

    Mine says 'Made in China, designed in Japan, for Eastman Kodak, US.
    It is rather difficult to find ANYTHING that isn't made in China these
    days... Sigh.
    The American worker has priced himself out of the labor market.

    > Kodak have managed to retain a very good reputation among the Gen Public,
    > but their cameras are no better than any others.
    >

    No argument there. They do tend to cater to the lower end (most
    numerous) of the market, with a small number of products for the high end.


    > The main point of my post was that Market Share should be of little interest
    > to photographers, but of considerable importance to Employees and
    > Shareholders.
    >

    Quite true.

    > The bulk of their Camera sales are to the General public whose knowledge of
    > Photography and Cameras is miniscule.
    >

    True again, as mentioned above. This is where the volume, and the
    money, is.


    > We, (being interested and interesting photographers) have almost nothing in
    > common with the vast majority of Kodak Camera owners.
    >

    But don't discount ALL Kodak camera owners in that. Some of us are
    interested, just not in the same way.


    > So what is the point of all this crowing about the Big Yellow Box.
    >
    > Roy G
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Well, journalists must find SOMETHING to write about when they aren't
    bashing GWB... GRin.


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    In article <Xuvge.2127$i03.484@fe06.lga>, rphunter@charter.net says...
    > The American worker has priced himself out of the labor market.
    >

    I totally disagree with this statement. What's wrong with earning a
    living wage & having decent benifits? I beleive the problem is at the
    other end of the labor market. Do CEOs really need 7+ figure salaries to
    live on?

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    KennyJr wrote:
    > In article <Xuvge.2127$i03.484@fe06.lga>, rphunter@charter.net says...
    >
    >>The American worker has priced himself out of the labor market.
    >>
    >
    >
    > I totally disagree with this statement. What's wrong with earning a
    > living wage & having decent benifits? I beleive the problem is at the
    > other end of the labor market. Do CEOs really need 7+ figure salaries to
    > live on?
    >
    No, of course they don't, but then at that point, they control their own
    salaries.. Hiring the fox to guard the hen house is always a lousy
    idea. But there is NO question that companies move manufacturing out of
    the US because labor costs are too high here.
    Look at the Kodak statement:
    Made in China (where labor is CHEAP, and safety, and worker treatement
    is poor).
    Designed in Japan, where so much electronic design expertise resides,
    and where photography is virtually a national obsession.
    To Kodak Specifications. WE seem to plan, and do market research, and
    guide the form, and nature, of the product for execution by others.


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    "Roy" <royphoty@iona-guesthouse.co.uk> wrote in message
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    > The main point of my post was that Market Share should be of little
    interest
    > to photographers, but of considerable importance to Employees and
    > Shareholders.

    Actually, ROI and ASP should be more of interest. Selling mass quanitites of
    low end cameras may not make Kodak any money. They lost $142 million in
    Q12005.
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    Steven M. Scharf wrote:
    > "Roy" <royphoty@iona-guesthouse.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:lRuge.1868$WQ3.1120@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
    >
    >
    >>The main point of my post was that Market Share should be of little
    >
    > interest
    >
    >>to photographers, but of considerable importance to Employees and
    >>Shareholders.
    >
    >
    > Actually, ROI and ASP should be more of interest. Selling mass quanitites of
    > low end cameras may not make Kodak any money. They lost $142 million in
    > Q12005.
    >
    >
    Kodak is still undergoing a switch from a film-based business to a
    digital company. It will probably take another year for them to get
    over most of the expense related to the change.
    Sometimes the 'loss' a company shows is due to inventory writeoffs, and
    such that are 'one time' expenses related to business changes. It may
    take some time for their conversion plan to work through to profits.

    From their annual report:
    ) Results for the year included $557 million of restructuring
    charges; $31 million of purchased R&D; $7 million for a charge related
    to asset impairments and other asset write-offs; a $12 million charge
    related to an intellectual property settlement; $14 million for a charge
    connected with the settlement of a patent infringement claim; $14
    million for a charge connected with a prior-year acquisition; $9 million
    for a charge to write down certain assets held for sale following the
    acquisition of Burrell Companies; $8 million for a donation to a
    technology enterprise; $8 million for legal settlements; a $9 million
    reversal for an environmental reserve; $32 million of earnings from
    discontinued operations related to environmental and tax reserve
    reversals; and a $13 million tax benefit related to patent donations.
    The after-tax impact of these items was $396 million.

    With that explanation, the loss doesn't look that bad for the future.


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    "Ron Hunter" <rphunter@charter.net> wrote in message
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    SNIP
    > Mine says 'Made in China, designed in Japan, for Eastman Kodak, US.
    > It is rather difficult to find ANYTHING that isn't made in China
    > these days... Sigh.
    > The American worker has priced himself out of the labor market.

    The (American) worker (or any company that employs workers) should
    compete on other features (like quality, or added value) than lowest
    labor cost.

    Bart
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    Bart van der Wolf wrote:
    >
    > "Ron Hunter" <rphunter@charter.net> wrote in message
    > news:Xuvge.2127$i03.484@fe06.lga...
    > SNIP
    >
    >> Mine says 'Made in China, designed in Japan, for Eastman Kodak, US. It
    >> is rather difficult to find ANYTHING that isn't made in China these
    >> days... Sigh.
    >> The American worker has priced himself out of the labor market.
    >
    >
    > The (American) worker (or any company that employs workers) should
    > compete on other features (like quality, or added value) than lowest
    > labor cost.
    >
    > Bart

    I don't know that companies really evaluate those factors, they usually
    just see the bottom line. That is what comes of letting accountants run
    companies.


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    Steven M. Scharf <scharf.steven@linkearth.net> wrote:
    >
    > Actually, ROI and ASP should be more of interest.
    > Selling mass quanitites of low end cameras may not make Kodak any money.
    > They lost $142 million in Q12005.

    I'd like to know the truth of the matter. Why is Kodak so unprofitable?
    Certainly all the bogus investments (ASF dry-process film) didn't help.

    But it's hard to believe they aren't making money from digicam sales.
    The EasyShare models sell at prices from $150 to $300, which is much more
    than the average sales price of film P&S cameras, and I doubt digicams
    are any more expensive to produce. Having #1 market share means Kodak
    has sufficient volume to easily recoup production costs.

    Kodak must be making money on film and paper sales. These are cash cows.
    Here is a relevant paragraph from their most recent 10-Q filing:

    The [3 or 5%] decrease in net sales was due to declines in price/mix
    and declines in volumes, which decreased first quarter sales by
    approximately 4.1% and 3.6%, respectively. The decrease in price/mix
    was primarily driven by the film capture Strategic Product Group
    (SPG), consumer digital capture SPG and the Health Group digital
    capture SPG. The decrease in volumes was primarily driven by declines
    in the film capture SPG, the wholesale and retail photofinishing
    portions of the consumer output SPG, and the Health Group digital output
    and film capture and output SPGs. These decreases were partially offset
    by increases attributable to the acquisition of NexPress Solutions, which
    contributed $78 million or approximately 2.7% to first quarter sales,
    and favorable exchange, which increased first quarter sales by ~ 1.9%.

    I think price/mix is Kodakspeak for margins. So the problems are that
    they were forced (or chose) to sell film, digicams and health care stuff
    at a lower price. Also film and photofinishing (but not digicams) did
    less business, plus Health Care did poorly. Fortunately the dollar
    was weak and NexPress (who?) is generating cash.

    I'm surprised Health Care did poorly. "This segment supplies the
    healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and
    output products and services." X-rays etc. Must be competition
    because health care spending certainly has not decreased lately.
    I'll check to see if my dentist is buying Fuji X-ray film.
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    Bill Tuthill wrote:
    > Steven M. Scharf <scharf.steven@linkearth.net> wrote:
    >
    >>Actually, ROI and ASP should be more of interest.
    >>Selling mass quanitites of low end cameras may not make Kodak any money.
    >>They lost $142 million in Q12005.
    >
    >
    > I'd like to know the truth of the matter. Why is Kodak so unprofitable?
    > Certainly all the bogus investments (ASF dry-process film) didn't help.
    >
    > But it's hard to believe they aren't making money from digicam sales.
    > The EasyShare models sell at prices from $150 to $300, which is much more
    > than the average sales price of film P&S cameras, and I doubt digicams
    > are any more expensive to produce. Having #1 market share means Kodak
    > has sufficient volume to easily recoup production costs.
    >
    > Kodak must be making money on film and paper sales. These are cash cows.
    > Here is a relevant paragraph from their most recent 10-Q filing:
    >
    > The [3 or 5%] decrease in net sales was due to declines in price/mix
    > and declines in volumes, which decreased first quarter sales by
    > approximately 4.1% and 3.6%, respectively. The decrease in price/mix
    > was primarily driven by the film capture Strategic Product Group
    > (SPG), consumer digital capture SPG and the Health Group digital
    > capture SPG. The decrease in volumes was primarily driven by declines
    > in the film capture SPG, the wholesale and retail photofinishing
    > portions of the consumer output SPG, and the Health Group digital output
    > and film capture and output SPGs. These decreases were partially offset
    > by increases attributable to the acquisition of NexPress Solutions, which
    > contributed $78 million or approximately 2.7% to first quarter sales,
    > and favorable exchange, which increased first quarter sales by ~ 1.9%.
    >
    > I think price/mix is Kodakspeak for margins. So the problems are that
    > they were forced (or chose) to sell film, digicams and health care stuff
    > at a lower price. Also film and photofinishing (but not digicams) did
    > less business, plus Health Care did poorly. Fortunately the dollar
    > was weak and NexPress (who?) is generating cash.
    >
    > I'm surprised Health Care did poorly. "This segment supplies the
    > healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and
    > output products and services." X-rays etc. Must be competition
    > because health care spending certainly has not decreased lately.
    > I'll check to see if my dentist is buying Fuji X-ray film.
    Had Kodak not taken 'reorganization' charges from the bottom line, they
    would made a profit (about 350 million). These are mostly one-time
    charges, and can lead to increased profits at the next annual report.
    If their sales of digital cameras continue to be strong, then they
    should return to profitability in 2005.


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    Bill Tuthill wrote:
    > Steven M. Scharf <scharf.steven@linkearth.net> wrote:
    >
    >>Actually, ROI and ASP should be more of interest.
    >>Selling mass quanitites of low end cameras may not make Kodak any money.
    >>They lost $142 million in Q12005.
    >
    >
    > I'd like to know the truth of the matter. Why is Kodak so unprofitable?
    > Certainly all the bogus investments (ASF dry-process film) didn't help.
    >
    > But it's hard to believe they aren't making money from digicam sales.
    > The EasyShare models sell at prices from $150 to $300, which is much more
    > than the average sales price of film P&S cameras, and I doubt digicams
    > are any more expensive to produce. Having #1 market share means Kodak
    > has sufficient volume to easily recoup production costs.
    >
    > Kodak must be making money on film and paper sales. These are cash cows.
    > Here is a relevant paragraph from their most recent 10-Q filing:
    >
    > The [3 or 5%] decrease in net sales was due to declines in price/mix
    > and declines in volumes, which decreased first quarter sales by
    > approximately 4.1% and 3.6%, respectively. The decrease in price/mix
    > was primarily driven by the film capture Strategic Product Group
    > (SPG), consumer digital capture SPG and the Health Group digital
    > capture SPG. The decrease in volumes was primarily driven by declines
    > in the film capture SPG, the wholesale and retail photofinishing
    > portions of the consumer output SPG, and the Health Group digital output
    > and film capture and output SPGs. These decreases were partially offset
    > by increases attributable to the acquisition of NexPress Solutions, which
    > contributed $78 million or approximately 2.7% to first quarter sales,
    > and favorable exchange, which increased first quarter sales by ~ 1.9%.
    >
    > I think price/mix is Kodakspeak for margins. So the problems are that
    > they were forced (or chose) to sell film, digicams and health care stuff
    > at a lower price. Also film and photofinishing (but not digicams) did
    > less business, plus Health Care did poorly. Fortunately the dollar
    > was weak and NexPress (who?) is generating cash.
    >
    > I'm surprised Health Care did poorly. "This segment supplies the
    > healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and
    > output products and services." X-rays etc. Must be competition
    > because health care spending certainly has not decreased lately.
    > I'll check to see if my dentist is buying Fuji X-ray film.

    Probably because a LOT of medical imaging is mostly digital these days.


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    Ron Hunter rphunter@charter.net
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    KennyJr <kennyjr@NOSPAM.floodcity.net> writes:
    >In article <Xuvge.2127$i03.484@fe06.lga>, rphunter@charter.net says...
    >> The American worker has priced himself out of the labor market.

    >I totally disagree with this statement. What's wrong with earning a
    >living wage & having decent benifits? I beleive the problem is at the
    >other end of the labor market. Do CEOs really need 7+ figure salaries to
    >live on?

    No they don't, but that's likely a small portion of the final cost of
    goods. Probably a larger factor is that the American worker is
    unwilling to pay what goods cost when they are produced by other
    American workers. People mostly buy stuff at the lowest price
    available, even if it's worse quality, even if it's made in China.
    Look at the popularity of "dollar stores" where (as far as I can tell)
    everything they sell is truly junk quality.

    I do it too. I'll buy a Chinese micrometer for $20 because it works,
    and it's accurate, even if it doesn't look and feel as good as the
    Starrett or Mitutoyo that costs 4-8 times as much, or even the Polish
    one that costs 2 times as much.

    This is likely to equalize somewhat over time, as Chinese workers'
    standard of living rises, and the Chinese currency rises, while our own
    standard of living drops.

    Dave
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