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    DP Review Bought Out by Amazon

    AMAZON.COM ACQUIRES DPREVIEW.COM --
    THE LEADING ONLINE DESTINATION FOR REVIEWS
    AND INFORMATION ABOUT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    (BUSINESS WIRE) SEATTLE, WA—May 14, 2007—Leading online retailer Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced it has acquired www.dpreview.com, the web’s most comprehensive site for digital camera information and reviews. Founded in 1998 by Phil Askey, dpreview.com provides unbiased reviews and original content regarding the latest in digital cameras, and offers a host of features and forums designed to make it easy for consumers to find the camera that’s right for them. With its unique voice and in-depth technical reviews, dpreview.com draws millions of unique visitors each month.

    “Dpreview.com is by far the most authoritative source anywhere for straight talk about new digital cameras,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “We at Amazon.com have been their fans for a long time, and we extend a big welcome to the dpreview.com team.”

    “One of the difficulties of operating dpreview.com independently has been the balance between producing content and delivering new site features,” said Phil Askey, founder of dpreview.com. “Now, with the support of Amazon, I’ll be able to devote more of my time to expanding and improving our features – such as product reviews and discussion forums while still delivering the high-quality content that our readers have come to expect.”

    Dpreview.com offers in-depth reviews of the latest digital cameras and accessories, active discussion forums, digital photography and imaging news, sample images, a dynamic digital camera buyers’ guide, side-by-side comparisons of the most popular models, and the web’s most comprehensive database of digital camera features and specifications.

    Dpreview.com will continue to function as a stand-alone operation based in London.
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    Re: DP Review Bought Out by Amazon

    That's interesting......how does a photography site like that "merge" (sort of) with a for-profit sales organization? I don't quite understand how that works. IOW, there are pros and cons on personal reviews of camera equipment. So how does that work when one of your products (say Canon cameras sold on Amazon) gets a lot of bad reviews?

    Just curious.....as to how this would work.

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    Re: DP Review Bought Out by Amazon

    There goes the neighborhood Who's next?

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    Re: DP Review Bought Out by Amazon

    unbiased reviews
    My squeeky clean butt...
    Last edited by almo; 05-15-2007 at 10:40 PM.
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    Re: DP Review Bought Out by Amazon

    Quote Originally Posted by almo
    My squeeky clean butt...
    Well, I don't know anything about your butt... The goal and true perception that Phil has is that he will remain independent and in charge. The reality of the situation is that Amazon would not have purchased the site and then choose to just walk away.

    My guess, and only a guess, is that the names of members will be sold, the ads will push what Amazon wants to sell, and bad reviews on cameras selling well for Amazon will be discouraged. I really hope I am very wrong but reality often takes the ugliest path.

    But hey, Phil is so wealthy now he can just walk away and spend the rest of his life having fun!
    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." --Mark Twain

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