Confessions of a Ritz Camera Salesperson

The Consumerist has an interesting post, which details 10 Confessions of a Ritz Camera Salesperson.  The most alarming “confession” was the practice of selling demo cameras as new:

Demo Cameras- We sell them to you and you don’t even know it. Everyone’s grubby hands have probably been on your camera. It’s probably been dropped at some point, not to mention the boxes we get shipments in from UPS look like they’ve been kicked all the way from the home office to our store. We sell demo cameras at no discount, we just clean them up and put them in a box. Then we are told to lie to you and tell you it’s brand new.

I really hope this is not a company practice; however, it is disturbing regardless of how widespread it is.  What kind of experiences have you had with Ritz?  Any other salespersons or representives from Ritz care to chime in on this one?

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS, SD790 IS and SD770 IS Digital ELPH Cameras

Canon has announced three new PowerShot point & shoot cameras.  The SD890 IS features a 10 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 2.5-inch display and a sub 1-inch macro mode.  The  SD790 IS and SD770 IS both feature a 10 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom.  The cameras are priced top to bottom at $399.99, $349.99 and $299.99 and will be available around early April. [Read more…]

Sony DIME Press Event – Foam City, Miami

Sony DIME in Miami

Last weekend, Sony DIME (Digital Imaging Europe) held a press event in Miami, Florida in conjunction with the evolution of its popular like.no.other advertising campaign. Specifically, Sony wanted to build on the scale and stature presented in the iconic Bravia commercials, which, according to Sony, display colour like.no.other.

2005

Sony sent 250,000 bouncy balls down the streets of San Francisco:

2006

Sony exploded 70,000 liters of paint in Glasgow:

2007

Sony unleashed 2.5 tons of Play-Doh bunnies on New York:

2008

So, how is Sony planning to up the ante of its like.no.other experience in 2008? [Read more…]