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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-19-2010, 01:06 PM  
Where are the in store Pentax vendors?
Posted By RioRico
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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-18-2010, 09:22 AM  
Where are the in store Pentax vendors?
Posted By RioRico
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That's the questionable assumption -- that Pentax HAS sales reps going around to local stores. I suspect that Pentax deals on a corporate level with big online outlets that happen to have brick+mortar presences -- but not with the Big Box outlets? Why not?

So, questions: have any USA Pentaxians here ever seen a Pentax sales rep in a store? Have you ever asked a store manager if they're visited by Pentax sales reps?

I recall from another thread that Pentax refused to front (provide on credit) product to certain photo chain stores, as was the practice of Canon/Nikon. When said chains went belly-up, Canon/Nikon took large losses; Pentax didn't. Perhaps Penhoya's beaners are quite happy with their current policies; being prudent didn't hurt, eh?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-18-2010, 04:05 AM  
Where are the in store Pentax vendors?
Posted By RioRico
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Views: 9,295
A very few Pentax retailers are in the very largest US cities. In Sacramento, capital of the world's 7th largest economy, I can barely find one (Fry's Electronics has a scant sample). There's some old stuff in tourist rip-off zones in San Francisco, but no major retailers. Canon+Nikon dSLRs are in every Big Box Store in every little city. Sony+Olympus are easily found. Pentax is very nearly invisible. And zero ads.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-17-2010, 07:53 PM  
Where are the in store Pentax vendors?
Posted By RioRico
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Views: 9,295
Pentax is apparently not interested in doing retail business, only online. Think of it as music. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, et al play live gigs. Pentax is a studio act.

EDIT: Further, Pentax doesn't advertise, not in the States anyway. They seem to depend on viral marketing. Maybe the Pentoya beaners figure it's most cost-effective this way. Maybe Pentoya is the first 21st-century cam.maker -- no infrastructure, all virtual.
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