Royal Caribbean Stores - Why I Love Them
Because I can try out live the cameras I'm considering, and the salespeople are knowledgeable.
My Fuji ultrazoom that I bought stopped working on my last vacation, so I needed either a repair or replacement. The current model for my camera had an even stronger zoom, so I bought a new one after considering other brands. I was going to send my old model back, but Royal Caribbean offered to do it for me. Slam dunk! If Fuji can fix it, I'll have a spare ultrazoom which is essential if you want to photo wildlife. Royal Caribbean boxed it up, and gave me the ticket number for my repair, saving me a trip to Post Office, and packaging and mailing costs. I was also able to try other cameras real time so I could compare. I hate being without an ultrazoom when photographing wildlife, so Royal Caribbean had s good replacement price, and excellent service for the return.
Sigh. Now if we can just convince the visitors how great Royal Caribbean is. When people used to ask about cameras, those who had visited a few times would always say you got better deals in the States, so I don't think people are even checking when they visit.
Add that to the fact that most people now rely on their phones for photos, so electronics stores are really struggling.
Which is why they are selling phones now - Radioshack, Best Buy, Circuit City was when they were still open, Kmart, etc. The cameras on these phones are getting good enough that the avg person doesn't need a point and shoot anymore. Still, my iPhone is never going to replace my Nikon, and yes, Royal Caribbean even beats major online retailers on a lot of items.
Maybe they need to play up their pricing vs online in the states in their stores or at the fronts?