As my Pound-o-nomics post hinted, it is now confirmed that Poundland have discontinued stocking AVP200. Boots now becomes the sole UK film stockist to be found in Cities and most Towns.
Sad news but not unexpected.
Incredibly cheap to buy for many years, it looks like global inflationary pressures have simply just caught up. However Poundland’s ability to be able to sell it for a quid for the past 5 years has been amazing (I can still remember picking up a Fujifilm C200 triple pack in 2014 in a supermarket for around £7 before I realised it was the same thing).
With rumours floating around I emailed Poundland. So like many of us I’d hope to get the usual no it isn’t discontinued/re-stocking issues -hope to sort soon/it’s Xmas will restock in New Year etc. But sadly I got this
JUN 24, 2017 | 11:07AM BST
Thank you for your email.
I am afraid we have discontinued the AGFA Vista Film, I am afraid that this item is no longer available in our warehouse and we have no future orders placed.
I appreciate this may be disappointing and can assure you our buyers will endeavour to bring similar products to our customer in the future.
Poundland Ltd – Registered in England & Wales, number 2495645
Wellmans Road, Willenhall, West Midlands. WV13 2QT
Well that’s pretty clear. It is hard to see how they will find a new stock of film at that price. Cheap stock to buy from recently defunct companies is no longer an option (and Lomography would probably nab it first) and it is unlikely to 2 current C-41 colour negative producers Kodak and Fujifilm would be able to make a film cheap enough. However bear in mind as my Pound-o-nomic article discussed £1 AVP200 may have actually been a false economy once you factored in processing.
However C200 lives on both in Fujifilm branded guise. The Fujifilm branded version has the upper hand at the moment – most likely due to the fact that Fujifilm have dropped Superia 200 in the UK .
Options for the Future
In fact C200 remains probably the cheapest film to buy at the moment abet in Fujifilm branding. With the likes of Amazon selling it for £15.95 for 6×36 exp (aka £2.52 a roll) at the time of writing. Hot on its heels is Kodak’s cheapie color Plus 200 and Lomography’s 100CN is a wee bit more. Oddly Boots website now lists Lomography 400CN as the cheapest High street film at just under £6 a roll on their pricing (but if you buy 2 3 packs that falls to less than £4.50/roll)
So those of you who like AVP200/C200 time to raid the remaining poundland stocks. However don’t panic as Fujifilm seems committed to C200 for the foreseeable future.