RIP Polaroid

February 14, 2008 @ 02:59:06

Inactive User

No more instant Polaroids! Stock up on your film now.

Originally posted by Inactive User
Polaroid Snaps Out of making film

Polaroid, the company behind the instant camera, is to stop making the film used in its iconic technology.

The firm is to close factories in Massachusetts in the US, Mexico and the Netherlands after the digital age left almost no market for the film.

Polaroid stopped making the instant cameras themselves about a year ago.

It now focuses on other ventures which include a portable printer for mobile phone images, and Polaroid-branded digital cameras.

"We're trying to reinvent Polaroid so it lives on for the next 30 to 40 years," the firm's president, Tom Beaudoin, told the Associated Press.


The firm was founded in 1937, making polarised lenses for the science world, introducing its first instant camera in 1948.

Polaroid peaked in popularity in 1991 when its sales - mainly instant cameras and film - hit close to $3bn.

However it failed to embrace the digital photography revolution and went bankrupt in 2001, before being bought, four years later by a Minnesota-based consumer products firm, Petters Group Worldwide.

It says there is enough film in stock to last until 2009, and it hopes to sell licensing rights to another firm to continue supplying enthusiasts who still use their Polaroid cameras.

February 14, 2008 @ 05:39:50
that's messed polaroids were the shit smh
February 14, 2008 @ 14:48:33
My Mom's gonna freak. This is sad. smh
February 14, 2008 @ 15:10:37
Good to know. Polaroids are the best way to take nude pix.smokeyface
February 15, 2008 @ 23:20:42
just imagine how rare it'll be in 15yrs.?? how much do you guys think they'll go for then?
February 17, 2008 @ 01:59:29
it will be wayyy expired in 15 years dude.. lol.
February 22, 2008 @ 15:56:48
what blew my mine polaroids make hdtv's and I think I'm going to cop me one
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