If you haven’t heard about Freestyle Photographic and love film, then you should. They are a vendor of film, paper and all things analogue for photography. [Note: I am on the Board but am not benefiting financially from this post.]
April 8, 2012
Dear Valued Freestyle Customer,
In the last edition of our Snapshot of the Industry Newsletter, I talked about the current status of Eastman Kodak Company and their announcement that they had voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 restructuring. While Kodak is still going through this process, there have been some updates worth mentioning. Some product discontinuations have been announced, such as all Kodak Ektachrome Slide films, Kodak Plus-X, as well as price increases on all film products of about 15%. We have also been experiencing some interruption of supply on a number of film and chemical products. Our purchasing department has adjusted our ordering quantities and frequency to hopefully be in a better in stock position on these items. With the supply problems we have been facing, it is important to know that our LegacyPro brand of B&W chemicals are made to the same or improved formulations as Kodak brand chemicals. We have also adjusted our ordering quantities on these items to ensure that we are never out of stock on a Kodak chemical or equivalent.
We also continue to make available chemicals discontinued by Kodak in recent years, such as our exclusive LegacyPro brand, Selectol Soft, D-76R, Microdol-X, Sepia Toner, Sepia II Warm Toner and Brown Toner. Be assured that LegacyPro brand chemicals are here to stay, whatever future events bring to Kodak.
Due to customer requests to offer lower cost shipping methods to our international customers, Freestyle is now offering a new lower cost shipping service offered by FedEx called FIMS. FedEx International Mail Service is a simple, economical solution for shipping small packages at a reduced rate. Please see our website for further details. We also continue to investigate other shipping options to keep shipping costs down.
As usual, we have worked hard to provide you with innovative products that allow you to expand your creativity. We have some very exciting new product announcements featured below, which will also be highlighted in our upcoming catalog due out mid-April.
Please keep those comments and feedback coming and remember, “Without YOU there is no US!”
Senior Vice President
Merchandising and Product Development