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Well, you certainly may be correct about the future of Polaroid as least as far as film scanning and general photography is concerned. The issue to current owners of Polaroid products (I own a SS4000) is where do we go should we need service? I presume that since the device is actually manufactured by Microtek that I could go to them but at what price? Will they honor Polaroid warranties? Are there any differences in the firmware between the Polaroid-branded product and the Microtek offerings? There are many questions from me and I am sure from others but not many if any answers! Tom -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of dickbo Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 9:26 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: The facts man, just give me the facts...... ....as Joe Friday might well have said. Here are the facts man ----------------------- In a BJP(UK) article titled "Polaroid stalls on Sprint", published on 5th May this year of our Lord 2002, the author quotes a Microtek announcement introducing it's model Artixscan 4000tf which claims that Polaroid Europe will not be launching it's model Sprintscan 4000 Plus into the European 3,500,000+ population market because the product margins are too low (to which we might all chorus that "1% of something is better than 100% of nothing"). Regarding the speculative rumour that Polaroid could be considering withdrawing from this market sector in order to enable the company to 'rationalise' its range down to 'core' products - Robert Huxley, group UK product manager was unable to comment. What he did say however was that "the Sprintscan 4000 has come to the end of its product life cycle and is now no longer available". So then Artixscan are introducing the model as their 'own brand' product and pricing it in UKú830 including Silverfast V:5.5, which I might add is a cracking bit of software, and if the up-rated hardware spec is anything to go by, makes this model the best value film scanner currently available over here (for UK readers the Artixscan Phone Number is 01327 844880) but by implication suggests a quite serious likelyhood that Polaroid will not be in the film scanner market for much longer. Four pages further up the road in an additional artical titled "Polaroid sees Clear Water" (a better title might well have been "Polaroid sees the Red Mist"), the author announces that Polaroid hope to reach a $180,000,000 sale agreement with an American venture capital, SORRY, 'Private Equity', company named as 'One Equity Partners'. As the named price represents less than 15% of Polaroids asset value, one need not have a University degree in common sense in order to assume the likely outcome for Polaroid once the sale has gone through. Interestingly, the sale once confirmed will include all the common stock in their foreign divisions. Brothers and sisters I am suggesting that this looks like a straight forward asset stripping situation because the Polaroid value must surely consist mainly of fixed assets. This means land and/or buildings which of course know no loyalty to any specific industrial preferences and can be turned into something else at the merest whim of any particular buyer. I am suggesting, my friends, that it's good bye to Polaroid and hello to a lot of other things, most of which will have nothing whatsoever to do with photography or film scanning. "The old King is almost dead and long live the new King" in whatever form the market may decide to accept him...... - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.