Kodak to stop making digital cameras

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Alan Browne, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne, Feb 9, 2012
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    Noons Guest


    sad...
    ....and to think all they had to do was add value to their traditional
    offers.
    but they threw all that out the window years ago, in the name of the
    almighty digital camera profit...
     
    Noons, Feb 10, 2012
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  3. Alan Browne

    RichA Guest

    RichA, Feb 10, 2012
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  4. Alan Browne

    Mxsmanic Guest

    What will happen after all the patents are sold?

    The idea behind patents is to be able to manufacture new inventions without
    competition for a brief period. Just selling patents is a dead end.
    Why would anyone want to license the brand of a company that is going
    bankrupt?
    They might as well focus on notebook paper. Nobody gets rich making printers
    these days.
    So why aren't they making money?
     
    Mxsmanic, Feb 10, 2012
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  5. Alan Browne

    Robert Coe Guest

    : On Feb 9, 6:05 pm, Alan Browne <>
    : wrote:
    : > http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/02/09/business/09reuters-kodak.ht...
    : > or -http://tinyurl.com/7fc5nzs
    : >
    : > http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-09/kodak-phasing-out-digital-ca...
    : > or -http://tinyurl.com/88kq392
    : >
    : > Trying to sell patents...
    : > Trying to license its brand...
    : >
    : > Will focus on printers (they are 6th in the market ... what did Jack
    : > Welch used to say...).
    : >
    :
    : They are in serious trouble if they think printers are a going
    : concern.

    The fact that Kodak is in serious trouble is hardly news to anyone.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Feb 10, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Not anyone here, perhaps, but do one of those "nospam" market tests
    and go down to your local chain drugstore and ask the first 100 people
    to name ten American companies that are successful and I'd bet you'd
    find Kodak on the list of many responders. There are many people who
    don't follow business news like this.
     
    tony cooper, Feb 10, 2012
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  7. Alan Browne

    Mxsmanic Guest

    Maybe that's why they want to license the brand. Soon we'll have Kodak
    keychains, caps, and coasters.
     
    Mxsmanic, Feb 10, 2012
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  8. Alan Browne

    John A. Guest

    Maybe it's the other divisions that are losing money?
     
    John A., Feb 10, 2012
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  9. Alan Browne

    John A. Guest

    John A., Feb 10, 2012
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  10. Alan Browne

    Mxsmanic Guest

    So what divisions does the company still have left?
     
    Mxsmanic, Feb 10, 2012
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  11. I've already seen Kodak Christmas tree lights. This was not a recent event.

    Bud
     
    William Hamblen, Feb 10, 2012
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  12. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I recall Polaroid VHS tapes. These were contract manufactured and
    branded Polaroid.
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 10, 2012
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  13. Alan Browne

    ted Guest

    I have a Polaroid LCD (analog not hidef digital) TV/Monitor. There's probably
    still "Polaroid" products being made today. And I have confidence there
    will still be "Kodak" prodacts in the future.

    It's even possible "Kodak" will become an important company. If I recall
    the process, today's "AT&T" was originally RBOC Bellsouth (nee Southern Bell)
    which bought out the floundering original AT&T and adopted its name because
    the name tested so well.
     
    ted, Feb 10, 2012
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  14. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne, Feb 10, 2012
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  15. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Not selling them while the company disappears robs shareholders of their
    value. OTOH, at the rate they're disappearing (equity wise) I'm not
    sure there will be any cash left over after creditors take their bites.
    Can creditors make claims on the patents and sell them (?).

    The "brand" still has carrying power - it is highly recognized.
    Disposable shaving blade model.
    Appears I was in error - already sold off that business according to John.
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 10, 2012
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  16. Alan Browne

    Mxsmanic Guest

    If they are owned by the corporation, yes. I'm not sure if that's true for
    patents owned by individuals, I think it depends on the jurisdiction.
    The problem is that there are strong competitors already using that model, and
    there's no reason at all why Kodak would have any special chance of outrunning
    them.
     
    Mxsmanic, Feb 10, 2012
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  17. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Old news, unfortunately.

    To be fair Kodak did try to change the model by putting more value in
    the printer and less in the ink. In principle the printers are more
    expensive and the cost per printed sheet a lot less (v. hp, Epson,
    Canon, etc.). I have no idea if that's how it works out in the real world.
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 11, 2012
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  18. Alan Browne

    PeterN Guest

    Kodak made a big mistake when they didn't hire you as a consultant.
     
    PeterN, Feb 11, 2012
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  19. Alan Browne

    Mxsmanic Guest

    Kodak is a world leader in big mistakes.
     
    Mxsmanic, Feb 11, 2012
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  20. Alan Browne

    Guest Guest

    yes they did. it would have kept him busy and he wouldn't have time to
    post here.
     
    Guest, Feb 11, 2012
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