In the late 1970s through the early 1990s, I worked for several different photo stores.
I’m in remodel as my primary trade, but i also do a lot of photography. I usually worked at these places part time for the commissions during building slumps. Nice to have something fun and profitable to fall back on.
I even managed a store full time for about a year or so, thinking I might just go ahead and switch careers.
But, I got downsized by store closings. My store (4th one opened in a chain of 6) was profitable, but the chain was in trouble, so they closed all their outlying stores. This is in OKC, OK, btw.
Well, I did a remodel near their old place and noticed it was gone. Moved. To a half of a nearby repair shop.
This town used to have 6 of these stores, and one major competitor with one large location. Now, going by the ad sizes and the droves of people I see not going there, this town barely supports a camera/photo store at all.
How is it where you are?
By my definition, a discount electronic store is not a photo store. A camera/photo store is run and manned by people who either love photography or love photographic equipment. (There is a difference, you know )
So, where would you go to see the newest Leica M7, to buy a new darkslide for the A12 back for your 500CM, to try on a 300/2.8 on your F2AS,to ask about a certain technique, or to meet camera company reps?
Does your town have one? Several? None?