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Mar 21, 2023 18:19:53   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
Apparently Jeff Bezos has other hobbies that are more important to him....
Say what some will about the Amazon connection, but DPReview has always been an important resource and forum.
It's a damn shame. 😕🤕🤒🥺

https://www.dpreview.com/news/5901145460/dpreview-com-to-close

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Mar 21, 2023 18:29:36   #
Mark Sturtevant Loc: Grand Blanc, MI
 
I just got an email from them saying this. That is a bummer. I would especially use them when deciding on what lens to buy.

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Mar 21, 2023 18:34:02   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
I just got an email from them saying this. That is a bummer. I would especially use them when deciding on what lens to buy.


Absolutely, Mark! Almost any search for photography information will generate credible results that include DPR.

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Mar 21, 2023 19:33:30   #
josquin1 Loc: Massachusetts
 
I don't think that Jeff Bezos has anything to do with Amazon anymore. He resigned a couple of years ago?

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Mar 21, 2023 21:29:09   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
josquin1 wrote:
I don't think that Jeff Bezos has anything to do with Amazon anymore. He resigned a couple of years ago?

Bezos is the executive chairman of Amazon.

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Mar 22, 2023 08:47:03   #
whatdat Loc: Del Valle, Tx.
 
Not good news.

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Mar 22, 2023 08:48:37   #
davidrb Loc: Half way there on the 45th Parallel
 
47greyfox wrote:
Apparently Jeff Bezos has other hobbies that are more important to him....
Say what some will about the Amazon connection, but DPReview has always been an important resource and forum.
It's a damn shame. 😕🤕🤒🥺

https://www.dpreview.com/news/5901145460/dpreview-com-to-close


Bezos has never hidden behind a cloak of quality and let it get the better of him. Society can go to hell before jeffy-boy will offer something of value, without a huge up-charge. He published a book when amazon was quite new that listed his intentions to dominate the retail market, for books. Hitler wrote a similar manifest. The world was warned by himself of himself!

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Mar 22, 2023 11:18:41   #
josquin1 Loc: Massachusetts
 
davidrb wrote:
Bezos has never hidden behind a cloak of quality and let it get the better of him. Society can go to hell before jeffy-boy will offer something of value, without a huge up-charge. He published a book when amazon was quite new that listed his intentions to dominate the retail market, for books. Hitler wrote a similar manifest. The world was warned by himself of himself!


You're comparing Bezos to Hitler? Utter nonsense.

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Mar 22, 2023 12:32:49   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
I see this morning that Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake who do the DPR YouTube reviews have moved or are moving over to a PetaPixel new YouTube channel

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Mar 23, 2023 13:25:18   #
niteman3d Loc: South Central Pennsylvania, USA
 
I'd be interested to know the cost of maintaining that website. I just did a search on Nikon D70 and the oldest post is from 2003 and those posts were speculating on the possibility of a camera being released called the D70. I imagine that just the text from the bulletin board/forums database would be pretty huge. Add in all the reviews and photos from challenges and it would have to be huge, even by today's standards. Add to that the need to comply with regulations changing in international web laws and requirements it can't be cheap in any sense of the word. I was a long time member of a health-related website called SparkPeople and they did the same thing a couple of years ago after fifteen years. They cited a lack of profitability and new European net regulations as the reasons. I lost hundreds of posts there and probably well into the hundreds will go away when they pull the DPreview plug. It's sad, but based on that past experience, I'm guessing there is little hope for Investor Angels showing up and saving it. Another concern I see here is the failure of Amazon (27,000 layoffs? Wow!) and the effects of that possibility. It's unfortunate, but on we go...

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Mar 25, 2023 08:09:46   #
BebuLamar
 
davidrb wrote:
Bezos has never hidden behind a cloak of quality and let it get the better of him. Society can go to hell before jeffy-boy will offer something of value, without a huge up-charge. He published a book when amazon was quite new that listed his intentions to dominate the retail market, for books. Hitler wrote a similar manifest. The world was warned by himself of himself!


He couldn't do anything without the customers. Do you buy from Amazon?

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Mar 29, 2023 19:17:04   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Escaped from the NYC area, back to MA
 
Watch dprevived.com. It's a startup trying to take over where Amazon left off. It's a work in progress but has around 1300 members at this point.

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Mar 29, 2023 23:35:43   #
niteman3d Loc: South Central Pennsylvania, USA
 
For me, DPreview was the easiest forum to navigate and unless they duplicate or improve on that it might be rough to get off the ground. I guess we'll see?

I caught some numbers regarding the Amazon layoffs that make it seem amazing that there haven't been more. I thought wow, 27,000 jobs... but put in context with the pandemic years as a factor they had approximately 647,000 employees at the end of 2018. Today that number is around 1.5 million. With other businesses getting back up and running in competition with them I imagine they will contract, but holy moly that's a lot of people to hire in just a few years.

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Apr 2, 2023 12:49:13   #
Harry13
 
You're comparing Bezos to Hitler? Utter nonsense.

Maybe to Mussolini? <sg> Harry

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May 14, 2023 16:36:58   #
gwilliams6
 
May 14, 2023 Update: Is Amazon now selling DPReview?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqpwC6236nY


Cheers

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