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07-01-2018, 05:43 PM   #1
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What happened on December 17th 2012?

It shows that at 3:55PM the most users ever were on this site at the same time. What happened to cause this? It was before I was a member so I've been curious...

07-01-2018, 06:24 PM   #2
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No idea. Maybe @Adam remembers.
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Maybe everyone was bagging the K-01
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Isn’t that about the time Pentax decided to start enforcing MAP pricing?

07-01-2018, 08:11 PM   #5
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I was curious about that too.
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I turned 42. Seems an awful long time ago.
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It was a week before Christmas. I think it was just people looking for deals on the K-5 II, K-30, K-01, or Q which had all come out that year...There were pretty big discounts on Black Friday that year...

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QuoteOriginally posted by twilhelm Quote
Isn’t that about the time Pentax decided to start enforcing MAP pricing?
MAP (UPP) started in April 2012. There was a petition thread to end UPP at the time that was quite popular...

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Adam started it on 12-3. The last post was 37 pages later on 1-6-13.

It wasn't until 12-20 that the rumor sites "confirmed" that Pentax was developing a full frame...I wonder how many people were basing purchasing decisions around a camera that wasn't announced until February 2016?


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I think someone on reddit hotlinked one of our attachments that day, so that generated a very large number of sessions. The highest number of actual visitors occurred earlier that year, when the K-01 was originally announced. Everyone thought it would be a FF.

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It was a busy year.
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Everyone wanted to get in their last words before the world ended on 12-20-12...
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Everyone wanted to get in their last words before the world ended on 12-20-12...
Haha I forgot about that!
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QuoteOriginally posted by twilhelm Quote
Isnít that about the time Pentax decided to start enforcing MAP pricing?
That was May 1, 2013.

Adamís post about the Reddit hotline answers the question, but IIRC December 2012 featured a flurry of statements by the President of what became Ricoh Imaging that he wanted to compete with and overtake Canon and Nikon. Sadly, it was later shown by Ricohís investment bankers the investment in production facilities necessary to turn out that many cameras and lenses would have been $1,200,000.000 - far more capital than Ricohís Shareholders were prepared to commit.

Subsequently Ricoh was shown to be prescient, waiting for the digicam market to normalize before executing their Plan, which they are doing now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
That was May 1, 2013.

Adamís post about the Reddit hotline answers the question, but IIRC December 2012 featured a flurry of statements by the President of what became Ricoh Imaging that he wanted to compete with and overtake Canon and Nikon. Sadly, it was later shown by Ricohís investment bankers the investment in production facilities necessary to turn out that many cameras and lenses would have been $1,200,000.000 - far more capital than Ricohís Shareholders were prepared to commit.

Subsequently Ricoh was shown to be prescient, waiting for the digicam market to normalize before executing their Plan, which they are doing now.
It does appear Ricoh is beginning to show a forward business plan. If they roll out what it appears they will in 2019, I think we'll see an upward movement. I just wonder if they still want to overtake the other manufacturers, or if they plan on being a strong niche company.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twilhelm Quote
It does appear Ricoh is beginning to show a forward business plan. If they roll out what it appears they will in 2019, I think we'll see an upward movement. I just wonder if they still want to overtake the other manufacturers, or if they plan on being a strong niche company.
The implication of my post is rather strongly that they simply cannot and will not attempt to compete with Canon, Nikon )and to a lesser degree Sony). It would simply require too much capital investment at too low a profit margin. Thatís the simple fact everyone misses when they think about Pentax. Theyíre not even trying to compete. Theyíre doing something entirely different, but almost no one outside our little group can imagine or understand their vision.

They state it pretty clearly on the Special Sites - but even if people read it theyíre so locked in to the traditional approach to business they canít Grok whatís happening right in front of their eyes.
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