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#21 Padge

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:36 PM

Three I mention above are ok, and thankfully all abit different, if you've not been to the Real Camera Company, that is well worth a visit, I'll be honest I find it abit intimidating myself, bit like walking in a proper Record Shop. Would never go to the London Camera Exchange for advice, but there 2nd hand gear is always worth a look and Calmuet always seem well stocked and there workshops look decent thinking of having ago at some in 2013.


Sorry I wasn't saying there wasn't any, I was saying they are getting a lot less, in the last 12 months or so they have lost about 50% of the shops, interstingl the three that have tumbled are all on the high priced, high footfall streets.

Maybe camera shops in the future should be looking at being niche shops in side street locations which are much cheaper but the camera buying public will be still willing to search out.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:56 PM

Sorry I wasn't saying there wasn't any, I was saying they are getting a lot less, in the last 12 months or so they have lost about 50% of the shops, interstingl the three that have tumbled are all on the high priced, high footfall streets.

Maybe camera shops in the future should be looking at being niche shops in side street locations which are much cheaper but the camera buying public will be still willing to search out.

You have been the real camera co then!

And I know, I agree they are thinning out, its sad a town the size of Wigan can't support one. Have heard decent things about Mathers in Bolton mind, but never used them yet.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:16 PM

You have been the real camera co then!

And I know, I agree they are thinning out, its sad a town the size of Wigan can't support one. Have heard decent things about Mathers in Bolton mind, but never used them yet.

Mathers in Bolton has an excellent reputation, how long it can last in the current climate is doubtful.

The problem is something that was highlighted earlier, people using shops to get their hands on the gear and then buying on-line.

I used to always give Wildings an offer to compete with on line prices and if they came close give them the business. As long as they weren't silly money out they could have the custom.

The problem is people don't give the small retailers the chance to compete, they take the price tag in the window as gospel, tell them what the Internet price is, take into account P&P and a small percentage for the less hassle if things go ######$ up and you can usually strike a good deal.

You could say well the price in the window should be their best price, if that's so then every retailer on the Internet would come back with the same price on every product, the best price is the best price for you and not the customer, there is a somewhere in between that is the best price for you both.

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#24 shrek

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:12 AM

John Lewis could be dark horses, was in there Cheadle store yesterday and there selection is decent, staff knowledgeable and the only thing that let them down was stock, things went pear shaped when I'd decided to buy and a manager got involved and started going on about click and collect from a Waitrose. The range of kit was excellent, so if they could sort out stocking issues or a slicker way of transfering stock to there own shops they could be an option.

As it is Calumet Manchester will be getting my business today for a Fuji X100 and the Real Camera lads will be treating my DSLRs to a sensor clean whilst I try and extract knowledge from them about micro focusing a 300mm lens hopefully without needing to set up a laptop and be 50m away as one guide explained yesterday!

#25 Steve May

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

They can claim they were killed by the grey market but the rot set in when they tried to become a photography lifestyle store rather than a camera shop. The level of knowledge they used to be known for is not in any of the branches local to me any more.


They were probably always doomed if they wanted to stay the size they were. Back in 1998 I bought the missus a camera for Christmas at Jessops in Swindon and they were very helfpul - it was a really good but basic camera that still used film. Then I bought her a fairly basic digital camera at Jessops when digital cameras were just coming onto the market. Again, they were very helpful.

Now, she carries a camera all the time - it is easily as good as that first digital camera I bought her. It arrived through the post from Vodafone and comes with a built in phone.

Increasingly, your average man on the street who just wants to take holiday snaps and pictures of his kids in the park doesn't need a camera. They have a phone just handy all the time. There probably aren't enough people who do want a decent, specialist camera to sustain a chain like Jessops.

That's just the way it is. It won't mean the end of specialist camera shops altogether, as there'll always be a demand to sustain some, but it will mean the end for lots of them. And you'll probably have to travel to the big cities to find them, they won't be on your local high street.

Sad, but there you go. The world moves on.


It's desperately sad for the Jessops workforce of course and they'll have my sympathy for another few weeks. After that they'll be workshy, curtains closed, benefits fiddling, scrounging bastards that sponge off the taxpaying, hard working strivers like me. I'll probably spit at them if I see them in the street. They should be ashamed to go out in public.

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#26 Steve May

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:49 AM

Sorry I wasn't saying there wasn't any, I was saying they are getting a lot less, in the last 12 months or so they have lost about 50% of the shops, interstingl the three that have tumbled are all on the high priced, high footfall streets.

Maybe camera shops in the future should be looking at being niche shops in side street locations which are much cheaper but the camera buying public will be still willing to search out.


This is pretty much inevitable as far as I can see.

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#27 Bleep1673

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

It is true as mentioned elsewhere that I used Jessops to look at something, then buy over the 'net.
In Hastings we do have a much superior independent camera shop in Marriots, however, when Jessops closes it will be yet another empty shop in the town centre.
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#28 WearyRhino

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:35 AM

In York, Jessops just closed 2 small shops to move into a larger store just vacated by the bust Game chain.

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#29 Futtocks

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

An employee's take on events at Jessops.

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#30 Kenilworth Tiger

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

my experiences in Jessops are similar to that of a trip to Halfords

Absolutely awful
Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

I, just like those Castleford supporters felt that the ball should have gone to David Plange but he put the bit betwen his teeth...and it was a try

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#31 gingerjon

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

No time to get those liquidation stock deals: http://www.bbc.co.uk...siness-20992125
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#32 gazza77

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

Blimey,that was a quick decision!

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#33 Mumby Magic

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

Another area of retail taht the Supermarkets cover, same with Comet. A sign of the future maybe?

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#34 shrek

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

An employee's take on events at Jessops.

Sympathise with the bit about Sky news, I worked at ITV Digital right to the bitter end when they shut the doors and we knew an announcement was imminent when a BBC News 24 van turned up outside so we'd flick the TV on and wait to see what was going on!

#35 Bleep1673

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:08 PM

I was in Jessops in Eastbourne yesterday, looking at a battery for my camera, there was no indication that they were about to shut up shop, otherwise I would have bought the battery via Amazon just after 6pm.
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#36 Kenilworth Tiger

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:50 PM

I was in Jessops in Eastbourne yesterday, looking at a battery for my camera, there was no indication that they were about to shut up shop, otherwise I would have bought the battery via Amazon just after 6pm.


I don't understand this post
Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

I, just like those Castleford supporters felt that the ball should have gone to David Plange but he put the bit betwen his teeth...and it was a try

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#37 Padge

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:20 PM

I don't understand this post

Wasn't just me then.

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#38 hindle xiii

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:14 PM

I overheard someone say today Jessops has been bought by Peter Jones from Dragon's Den fame.

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#39 gingerjon

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

I overheard someone say today Jessops has been bought by Peter Jones from Dragon's Den fame.


He's bought the brand. I have no idea what that means in practice.
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#40 gazza77

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:45 PM

He's bought the brand. I have no idea what that means in practice.


Seemingly it's going to operate as online only. I'd expected that to mean that it would probably just be photo developing etc, but that appears to have been sold elsewhere, seeing as it's still trading. He's also seemingly bought at least some of their stock, so maybe it will just turn into a camera & accessories online outlet.

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