I mentioned Charlotte Camera choosing not to carry the Nikon line a few months ago. They just closed their doors on March 31 and this article appeared in the paper today. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/115/story/84489.html From the article: As owner of a camera store that had been a Charlotte mainstay for 20 years, Myriam Breedlove faced a serious question: How long do you stay in a business and industry that seem to be dying? Last month, she decided to let go. The store closed March 31. Breedlove said the store had struggled with a variety of factors, the most pressing being the industry's switch from film to digital. Professional photographers, the store's most dedicated customers, weren't coming in as often because they no longer needed to buy rolls of film and darkroom equipment, which had amounted to about 25 percent of the company's inventory. And when the store moved to Ballantyne Commons in hopes of broadening its customer base to amateurs, it encountered pricier rent and consumers who preferred to shop online or at big box stores, Breedlove said. Charlotte Camera's challenge is one that other independent camera stores face as the cost of digital cameras drops and price wars among stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Circuit City make it difficult small stores to match those prices. Meanwhile, online sites like eBay are grabbing consumers who want used equipment.