Javelin wrote:i'm not sure what the reasoning is but thats pretty common. When Chrysler took over AMC they destroyed everything that was in inventory that hadn't already been distributed along with all the tooling used to make parts all the way back to the 50's must be an accountant thing ..
Accountant and legal. The reason KM destroyed all the service dept stock (at Milton Keynes) and all the remaining warehouse stock (at Feltham) was to prevent unauthorised assembly or repair of products, and to comply with lease terms. And the reason they wanted the club closing was because they held the Data Protection Act authority for the records, and they wanted to bury the association of Konica Minolta with cameras totally. I think that was part of their deal with Sony, to withdraw all evidence of KM branding. Sony polices misuse of trademarks closely and that's why we don't attempt to brand Photoclubalpha closer to Sony styling.
The lease on KM's service dept was terminated on March 30th 2006 (I think - it may have been two weeks later, period of grace). There were penalties in place if ANYTHING - furniture, records, parts, tools - was left behind. Sony had not yet appointed JP, and had no service dept of their own for SLR cameras (etc) able to take the stuff. The Japanese management ordered the complete clearance of the building on March 30 because they had to, after trying every possible way to get Sony to take the gear. At that point someone phoned Camera Repair Workshop - in the evening before the midnight deadline - to come and get everything they could. They only had a van and they filled it with the most relevant stuff. I believe that the disposal skips were sealed to prevent theft. However, as we know, a whole batch of things like 50mm calibration lenses and even an anti-shake testing bench appeared on eBay shortly afterwards, so it looks if the 'recycling' firm had some photo enthusiasts around...
Exactly the same situation applied to the Feltham warehouse. I bid a fixed cash sum for which I was sent an articulated truck full of goods dating back from 1970-something onwards. I had failed to select many items from the inventory because I did not know they were of any use (or what they were - most had cryptic codes. My colleague Adrian Paul did the same, and so did Morgan Computers and a couple of other dealers (they got lens and flash stock etc, Adrian and I only got offered bags, accessories, filters, straps and things like that - different warehouses).
Here's what I had to deal with arriving in my yard:
I know for sure that ten times this quantity of stuff was securely trashed by KM from the warehouses.
So don't blame KM, or Sony. Remember, much of the warehouse contents either had to be sold, or high fees paid for waste disposal. I got all their spare batteries for example, including lithium cells and NiCad packs. These goods can not just be dumped in a skip. In the last 24 hours of KM, Paul Genge was meeting Minolta Club members by appointment and selling them lenses which the trade had not bought (or had been overlooked in inventory). I had to make an urgent phone call to one of my regular friends and helpers in the club to see if he wanted a half price 70-200mm SSM, it was the last item to go, and he met him outside the closed doors of the office. The sense of 'last days' and the finality of the property owner arriving to lock the doors and put seals on all entrances must be a really strange thing to deal with.
Remember this when the next few thousand bank employees get told to clear their desks.