I was in one of the better local camera stores recently picking up some odds and ends (matts, slide storage pages, filters, etc.) when a woman walked in looking for an Olympus Stylus Epic. Apparently her last pocket camera had been stolen and she wanted a good, but inexpensive film replacement. The salesman said they were no longer able to get point and shoot cameras from their wholesaler, and only had digital point and shoot cameras. [This store is usually pretty well supplied, including carrying things like Leicas and MF cameras]. We tried to interest her in an SLR, but it was bigger than she wanted. When I left the salesman was explaining that a digicam really wasn't that inconvenient to use. I've also noticed that department stores don't seem to carry point and shoot film cameras any more. I had thought that they weren't ordering them, but now wonder if a larger part of the problem is camera manufacturers not selling. So what I am wondering is whether any of the camera shop types around hear have had similar availability problems.