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February 25, 2008

RIP: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

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Well if this isn't history being buried before our eyes... Earlier this month Polaroid announced it will no longer make instant film, laying off 450 people and closing factories in Massachusetts, Mexico and the Netherlands. The instant film will be available at stores until 2009, but expect the price to go up -- when Polaroid stopped making its iconic camera last year, price rose from $30 to $140! From then on, if you're looking for antique Polaroid bits, try eBay. We're going to miss that nasty green hue.

On the bright side, brace yourself for the onslaught of digital camera-printer-in-ones -- see our earlier post on Zink. We just learned this company was founded by former Polaroid scientists and executives, and there's some kind of alliance in the works so you might see the Polaroid brand on some Zink merchandise later this year.

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Posted by Susan Moriarty at February 25, 2008 8:02 AM
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