Lately we have seen camera stores closing with only a few reopening. Photographers are losing a huge resource with this. I know things on the internet can be cheaper, but that does not make it better. After a year of insanity while searching for something I wanted I was forced to use a local camera store more. I realized that even though it may have been more expensive, it was ultimately convenient and worth it. Here are some reason I think photographers should reconsider using camera shops more often.
Support A Local Business
Supporting a business in your area seems to be a dying art. It does not have to be though. Supporting a local business helps keep up the economy in your area. If the economy in your area is decent, there are more people in need of a photographer. It’s a financial ecosystem where every little bit helps.
Try Before You Buy
The one thing you can’t really do on the web is try before you buy. When you support local stores there is a great chance they will have samples available in the store. When you buy only from the web you may not always like what you get. Trying in the store will give you an idea of how the lens feels in your hand and what the actual size of the product is. With this information you can make a better decision. You will also have less chance of buyers remorse.
A Place To Make Returns Or Trade-Ins
Sometimes you do make a mistake when buying gear or you just want to trade your gear in for upgrades. Local shops can make that process easier. You do not have to worry about shipping and wait times. You can make your way to the store and take care of the issue in a timely manner. This is less of a headache and a faster turn around on receiving cash or store credit.
A Place To Learn And Meet Like Minded People
A camera store is a great place to meet like-minded individuals in person. Sure, social media is great. It is nice to meet a person off-line occasionally. When meeting these people you may find a second shooter for a gig or a mentor. Stores can also be neutral meeting grounds for camera clubs just wanting to hang out and have fun. Stores appreciate this because it’s gets people through their doors. It’s a win win situation for everyone.
Easy Place To Compare And Contrast Products
While reviews and videos are decent ways to make a decision on gear, nothing beats the hands on approach. Being able to get your hands on a camera bag or tripod can help you make a better decision on if you should buy it. Just because something looks good on paper does not means its right for you. This is an experience you can only get in a store. Going to a store is something that should be thought about more. Having a local business available to you can be good for your photography. While the Internet may be cheaper at times, you may end up spending more because of mistakes.