Over the last two days I visited two independent camera shops in this area. I was looking at certain kinds of cameras for our upcoming Italy trip, debating whether to take the Nikon D70s, or something smaller. I do like to buy local, so I came in with a list of CNet reviews and asked to see various cameras, hoping to make up my mind and buy one. Both stores were vaguely busy with photo development and printing tasks, but their camera shelves were half empty. They had none of the very latest models, and had a cabinet of used cameras. This particular shop with two branches, used to be thriving. What cameras she did have to show me were priced at least $150. more than on the internet. And she only had one of each, and would need to order a lens for this one, and didn't know when this one would come in, and so on. Then I went up the street to Wolf/Ritz, a chain. Not much better, worse in fact, because the service was missing. So where to now, Best Buy? Or will I just order from the internet and hope I like what I get? This is as frustrating to the customer as it must be for the camera shops. We have this problem with posters--everything is stocked on the internet so we hardly have anything in stock. But we can get them for customers at the same price as on the internet, and our moulding is still current and plentiful. Our ready made shelves are full to bursting. I see the demise of the independent camera shops as much more rapid that what I am seeing in the picture framing industry. Not a pretty picture. Those camera shop folks must have had a lot to talk about at PMA.