Hi Bob, don't get me wrong,
I think the excitement that you are generating with your particular site is fantastic, and I wish you nothing but success in pulling off your goal in recreating a viable product, even if it's just remotely similar to our beloved T55. I think Efke 25 ISo film stock is a good choice, and I check your site at least twice a week for current progress. As a long time 55 fan I will be first in line to purchase some of your new product, if/when your hard work comes to fruition.
I guess my big problem with Impossible Project stems from personal dealings I had with their company management. I won't get into details like names and such as I think that would be in poor taste. Rather, let's just say that their management caused me a lot of grief when they suddenly jacked the price on ONE particular product at the EXACT same time I was in the midst of negotiating a large bulk purchase on THAT product. By large purchase I mean several thousands of dollars worth, no small sum. And no, I don't believe thier price hike was a coincidence as my negotiations were with Impossible's senior staff, so they knew exactly what they were doing.
Did it matter that I had approached them with my offer to buy when the price was at the lower, previous rate? NO. In the end, their handling of the situation cost me badly. To me, and to anyone who is a professional photographer I know, that's just really S-L-E-A-Z-Y business. Other than their slick looking emails, the Impossible Project strikes me as nothing more than smarmy opportunists who over-hype expired film stock and a couple second rate emulsions that are plagued with problems.
Seriously, I do not for one second believe that they give a damn about Polaroid fans or keeping the Polaroid dream alive unless it serves to line their sweet Dutch pockets. But heck, that's just me, what do I know?