Retail Tales – Dennis Farina


  Dennis Farina = Here is his Wikipedia page.   Jenny and I are in Florida attending a PMA show. We got lucky and were able to stay at an upscale hotel called the Peabody. Im thinking this is the early to mid 90s. We are coming down the stairs into the main lobby and …

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Retail Tales – Dennis Rodman


It is around '86 or '87 and I am in Salt Lake City for business. At that time the basketball arena in SLC is called The Salt Palace and is located right downtown and has a shopping center attached to it. I am in a bookstore just browsing around and I look up and see …

Retail Tales – Kodak Create-A-Print and Unintended Consequences


To say the Create-A-Print (CAP) was important to us is an understatement. Our photo lab was going strong. Lots of happy customers and plenty of business. These were the late 80's and early 90's and film photography was very, very good. One particular day my favorite Kodak rep of all time, Roger Reed, Came to …

Retail Tales – The $32000 flash memory card


Once upon a time in the early days of digital I carried a huge selection of media cards. Compact flash, including the brand new IBM 1 gig hard drive. SD cards, and others. At the time the general retail price was about $1 per megabyte. That 1 gig card sold for about $900! I noticed …

Retail Tales – Filters


I used to stock a serious amount of filters. Cokin, Tiffen, Schneider B+W, and Satter econo-line. I would guess that in the hey-day I probably stocked 200+ different filters of all styles and sizes. The more serious the photographer became in their craft the more specific the filter request. You could guess pretty closely to …