Ritz Camera - The Great Mystery of Life

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by S., Jan 30, 2004.

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    S. Guest

    Does anyone know how a company like Ritz Camera a/k/a Wolf Camera has been
    able to prosper in the marketplace? Their prices are easily 25%-40% higher
    than anything you could buy at B&H, Amazon.com or other places. Then they
    push their inferior housebrand Quantaray lenses. Even the staff told me
    they are embarrassed about pushing Quantaray. I realize brick and mortar
    stores must charge more to pay their overhead...but 30-40% more? For
    example Canon Speedlight 550EX B&H = $329, Ritz = $449 a 35+% difference. I
    am puzzled. I have to figure that their core customers are 70+
    unsophisticated older people who have never heard of the internet.

    S., Jan 30, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Its quite simple - Like Wal-Mart, they have driven out local businesses and
    now can do what they want. Remember only a small proportion of the public
    will buy mail order, and a lot of them give it up after getting burnt once
    by the scam shops.

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    Paul H. Guest

    I think Ritz Camera sells mostly to uneducated white people from Georgia,
    hence the expression "Ritz Crackers."
    Paul H., Jan 30, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Tony Spadaro, Jan 30, 2004
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    mark_digital Guest

    There was a time when people with money felt good about walking out with
    their purchase in a bag that clearly showed where it came from. And the 70
    year olds do have money. Just watch how they piss it away at the casinos.
    mark_digital, Jan 30, 2004
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    More likely they are pros who know that they can get what they need
    without waiting, and others who require hand-holding, and are willing to
    pay more for it.
    Then there are those with so much money that the price difference just
    doesn't matter at all.
    Ron Hunter, Jan 30, 2004
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    LLutton Guest

    Does anyone know how a company like Ritz Camera a/k/a Wolf Camera has been
    I agree with most of what you say, but I bought a 70-210 macro zoom Quantaray
    lens for my Canon F1 back in about 1979. I love that lens. And I do have other
    lens' from Canon, Tokina and Tamron. One of my macro pictures taken with the
    Quantaray lens was enlarged to 11"x14" and still hangs in my dining room.
    Do you want to hear something funny about Ritz? Their salesman quoted me a
    price of over $400 just for a 3 year extended warranty for the Rebel digital
    and over $600 for the 5 year warranty. I did not buy from them.
    LLutton, Jan 30, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Tony Spadaro, Jan 30, 2004
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    Wombat Guest

    I would normally agree, but last month I purchased a Fuji S7000 from
    Ritz for the same price as that advertised by B&H (I had just wandered
    in to browse). Ritz also waived sales tax and gave me a $50 "gift"
    certificate so that, since no shipping charge was involved, the camera
    cost me considerably less than it would have had I bought from B&H (or
    Adorama). I have to say that I was completely amazed.

    Art Rosenberg
    Wombat, Jan 30, 2004
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    Ron G Guest

    What amazes me about my local Ritz store is how truly indifferent,
    sometimes arrogant and photographialy illiterate the sales people are,
    and this over a two or three year period. One thing I've been curious
    about is why they don't sell Olympus products, and so few accessories
    for all the digital cameras they push. I also find their digital
    processing prices a bit out of line for what one can get locally. All in
    all they remind me of a certain operating system/software company we all
    know...too big, too fat, too far removed from customers. Oh, there was a
    time, about 25 years ago, when Quantaray lenses were pretty good.They
    often were first to market with various zooms and oddities, and were
    sold primarily mail order out of a place in New York in Herald Square,
    the name of which escapes me at the moment.
    Ron G, Jan 30, 2004
  11. Two years ago Ritz did sell Olympus gear. I've heard various rumors of why
    they no longer sell Olympus gear, but most of them boil down to some sort of
    clash between Olympus and the CEO of Ritz.

    Now that Walmart, Walgreens, and just about everybody else is putting in a Fuji
    Frontier machines and selling 4x6's for $0.19 - $0.26, I would imagine there
    will be downward pressure on pricing. In fact, I just checked Ritzpix.com, and
    the prices have gone down to $0.40/4x6, when last year they were $0.60. I must
    admit sometimes using Ritz due to convenience, when I worked near a mall that
    had a Ritz outlet, I could drop off the pictures in the morning, and pick them
    up on my way home, wheras I would have to drive for a bit to get to Walmart.
    Michael Meissner, Jan 30, 2004
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