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Tableview
10th Jan 2013, 07:05
I was sorry to read that this chain of photographic stores is facing closure. I have bought a lot of equipment from them over the years, and found their staff unfailingly helpful, knowledgeable and professional, whether I was buying a simple first camera for a 7 year old or thousands of pounds worth of semi-professional equipment.

Despite being a chain, they seemed to have retained a sort of 'family business' touch.

stuckgear
10th Jan 2013, 07:23
taking a hit from not only high business rates on high streets but also the decline in photography. true more people take pictures these days using their phones, but how many are stored?

which got me to thinking..

currently and in years past, i'm sure many on the forum have done this, going through family records and whatnot photographs of family members have been uncovered giving not only an insight, but also filling in gaps of history..

so what with modern photography being dominated by people taking snaps on a smart phone, many are never uploaded or put on a social networking site. in decades to come i'm sure people will not be trawling billions of remotely stored pictures looking for a picture of grandpa tableview or uncle slasher.

sad really that in progression we loose a key part of what has recording historical moments.


and for those who, like me, have a love of photojournalism, here's 2012's world press photo yearbook.

World Press Photo (http://www.worldpressphoto.org/gallery/2012-world-press-photo)

mixture
10th Jan 2013, 07:46
taking a hit from not only high business rates on high streets but also the decline in photography.

Really ?

I think the latter is more likely than the former.

Many of the internet based outlets were always better value than Jessops, whether the generalists such as Amazon or the photographic specialists such as Warehouse Express.

I think your nail on the head is more with point one .... the high business rates, the greedy landlords on the high street, plus much greater overheads for the company itself because of all the demo kit, stock kit, staff and other expenses they have to fund for each branch.

The bigger operators in the ecommerce world are heavily automating their warehouses and so bringing their pick/pack costs down..... stuff such as this, where the shelves come to the pick/pack staff rather than them having to run around the shelves....

3UxZDJ1HiPE

Metro man
10th Jan 2013, 07:49
A victim of changing times; book shops, DVD rental, CD shops all on their way out as things move online. Film cameras have gone the way of the VHS video, and with the quality of smart phone cameras, a dedicated camera is only needed for the more specialised of shots.

The high street in twenty years time will look very different to the one of today.

stuckgear
10th Jan 2013, 07:57
well I've tried to shop in jesspos a few times but given up.. there really cant be that much margin in a pocket digital camera that retails at under 200 quid.(or probably more upscale ones too) how many is each store going to have to shift to cover the running costs. and what with the quality of phone images, how many people actually want a separate camera these days?

no processing and the subsequent add on business too.

I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did.

last time i needed an SD card i could get it about half the price of what jessops were charging, with next day delivery and not having to stump up two quid and a 20 mile round trip.


there is however a 'camera shoppe' or two that i do use, which while they could be doing better hold interesting stock. good used DSLR's and lenses, yer hasselblads new and used but they are independents and off high street.

Shaggy Sheep Driver
10th Jan 2013, 08:45
'Snaps on phone cameras'. 'Music from compressed files through carp earphones or tiny tinny speakers'. Does no-one care about quality any more?

Tableview
10th Jan 2013, 08:49
The difference between buying cheap on-line and going to a store like Jessops is that at the latter you get advice and service.

The problem is that people go to places like Jessops for the advice, decide what they want, and buy it cheaper on-line, and of course the shops can't compete as they have to employ staff, pay rental, and so on. I've always felt it was worth supporting these shops so that they didn't die out, but it is becoming increasingly clear that people like me are a minority and that the effort and expense is futile. Sad really.

mixture
10th Jan 2013, 09:45
The difference between buying cheap on-line and going to a store like Jessops is that at the latter you get advice and service.

That's what you think you're getting.... but in a high street chain, the reality is you're dealing with salesreps who will give you advice that pushes you in the direction of higher margin products and services.

They might not sell as aggressively in some places as in others, but at the end of the day, sales reps salaries are mostly based on commission.

That's the unfortunate reality of today's commoditised world. Even £2000 laptops are simply commodities with a low margin to match.

1DC
10th Jan 2013, 09:49
Three weeks before i was going on holiday i went into Jessops to buy a camera, was spending about £600. They didn't have what i wanted but recommended an alternative which was ok but i wanted to see the other one first. They were very helpful and said they would have the one i wanted for me to compare in three days, after two weeks of promising that it would arrive tomorrow i gave up and bought on line at a cheaper price. I really wanted to see what i was buying and would have paid the extra cost to Jessops because of the help from the staff but they couldn't provide the goods. It was last September so maybe they were already into cash flow problems with their own suppliers.

Flap 5
10th Jan 2013, 10:00
Convenience is winning over quality. People used to listen to music on cd's or even analogue record players. Although these are still available it is much more convenient to have thousands of tracks on a small mp3 player despite the low quality, and the quality has been improving as well over the years.

People are now using their mobile phones to take photos. The quality of these phone cameras has also been improving but they will never compete with the lenses on quality digital single lens reflex cameras. Having a Canon 40D myself I still often find it much better to take a smaller pocket camera with me instead when the dslr becomes too bulky to carry all day.

orgASMic
10th Jan 2013, 10:02
My experience of shopping at Jessop's did not involve much advice or service from the student-heavy weekend staff, which has probably contributed to their demise.

Lukeafb1
10th Jan 2013, 12:25
As a Director of Photography (film), when I wanted advice about still cameras, Jessop's staff were always helpful and knowledgeable and could get almost anything I wanted in a maximum of 3 days. And some of the things I wanted were fairly obscure!

All of the 'Saturday' staff were photography 'nuts' and almost all knew their subject well. At least in my local branch in Newbury.

Yes, I can (and do) use on-line outlets, but that's not the same as being able to hande the real thing.

The only potentially good thing, is that I might be able pick up some bargains in their closing down sale.

SpringHeeledJack
10th Jan 2013, 12:40
I was reading an article yesterday, and as often is the case the reader's comments was more interesting in content. One of the posters who was an ex-photographic retailer himself explained how he and other similar privateers had been squeezed to the point of giving up by Jessops who were engaged in a hardened campaign of buying out family shops along the high streets of the land, financed by cheap 'city money' over a number of years. The ever increasing and perhaps unrealistic shop rents have done their bit like no other and that's why it's just the same chain stores on nearly every high street.

As has been mentioned the number of customers who really appreciate knowledgeable shop staff is minimal these days, so outside of pro-shops it's going to be internet all the way. As to the switch over to phone cameras from cameras by the masses, well most photos are just momentary impulses and soon forgotten, so quality etc is of little consequence as long as they can be posted on FB to validate their existence.



SHJ

west lakes
10th Jan 2013, 13:02
The lost high street competition is the bugbear. Fair enough there is not a huge population in Cumbria but the loss of Jessops will leave us with just two camera shops, both of the same chain, in the whole of the county!

Worth noting that Jessops have (had) a large internet presence as well

mixture
10th Jan 2013, 13:42
As has been mentioned the number of customers who really appreciate knowledgeable shop staff is minimal these days

Do you not perhaps think that's down to the fact it is now so easy to find all that information online, together with countless reviews and means of comparison between models.

I've been into a few Jessops stores, as I have PCWorld and a few other chains.... I'm not quite sure I would describe the staff there as knowledgeable. The days of knowledgeable staff are long gone, or now restricted to smaller non-chain shops.

Andy_S
10th Jan 2013, 16:22
Do you not perhaps that's down to the fact it is now so easy to find all that information online, together with countless reviews and means of comparison between models.

I've been into a few Jessops stores, as I have PCWorld and a few other chains.... I'm not quite sure I would describe the staff there as knowledgeable. The days of knowledgeable staff are long gone, or now restricted to smaller non-chain shops.

Thatís the truth of it, Iím afraid.

I used to use Jessops when I had an old fashioned SLR Ė they were the best place to get camera accessories. Unfortunately, the advent of cheap, compact digital cameras made SLRís a speciality, mostly of interest to hobbyists and professionals. And as you say, the proliferation of the internet makes it possible to easily and quickly research digital cameras. And once youíve decided what you want, internet retailers are generally cheaper and have a wider range than an old fashioned high street shop.

I can see that thereís a place in the world for a specialist camera shop with knowledgeable staff, but not on every high street. There were too many Jessopís shops to be a high calibre retailer, but they couldnít compete as a commodity retailer with the likes of Amazon.

Unfortunately, a bit like HMV, the world changed and Jessops were left stranded.

Old Photo.Fanatic
10th Jan 2013, 16:37
Looking back to the 70s.
I lived in Bracknell then and started buying my first real semi. pro camera gear.

I used to go to Jessops store in Leicester, have a full day out , travel cost +meals.
I could have bought from them by Telephone order, but preferred the personal touch and getting advice if needed.
It was welll worth it because the saving on buying over the counter, covered the expenses plus a fair amount left over as "Profit" compared with other main outlets listed in the then current trade mags etc.
The actual Jesssops store was very small and cramped, you had to "back in and back out". only room for about two/three customers at any one time!!!

The staff were first class and had time to spend with you.
Overall I found it a very worthwhile day out.

The rot started when they expanded to other High street outlets .
Never was the same from then on.

OPF

reynoldsno1
10th Jan 2013, 20:58
Does no-one care about quality any more?
Not really - I have some music on DVD, and the sound quality is almost master quality. It's stunning, but not many people actually sit down to just listen to music anymore. Funnily enough it can work the other way round - The Jim Jones Revue's first album was recorded 'live' in the studio on a 4 track tape machine - somewhat lo-fi. It sounds awful on those stupid little ear buds, not much better on good quality earphones, but great on big speakers where you might as well be in a small club with them ....

racedo
10th Jan 2013, 20:59
The high street in twenty years time will look very different to the one of today.

Pretty much as will have changed a lot, online ordering is getting so big that even Tesco's are developing their own warehouses to do as OCADO do.

Why spend £30 million on a store when you can spend that on a warehouse with all the stuff online and serve 5 places where stores could be.

Maybe town centres will be full of houses with people living in them.

Espada III
10th Jan 2013, 21:07
I went into Jessops earlier this week before the announcement. I wanted to buy a small high quality digital camera with 'spot metering' and a wide angle lens - minimum 24mm. The first thing the sales assistant asked me was "what's spot metering?".

Now if the assistant doesn't know that, they don't deserve to be in business. The guy was in his late 20s so no weekend student. I was very disappointed.

I remember going to Jessops years ago in the city centre when they really knowledgeable staff and I bought loads of stuff from them. Its a real shame, but not surprising.

G-CPTN
10th Jan 2013, 21:22
Jessops' competitor Jacobs went to the wall last year I believe.

Most of my camera equipment was sourced from one or other of the two as I travelled around England in the 1990s. I couldn't resist looking to see what secondhand equipment they had on offer, and, if the price was reasonable I bought it.

My current cameras were bought from Fleabay (one a new unopened unwanted gift that some poor young man had bought for his girlfriend but her parents had also bought her the same one). I did consider Jessops, but they wanted too much money - more than I was prepared to pay.
I've also bought two lenses from Fleabay (waiting until I found ones at low prices due to few bidders).
I buy my memory cards and batteries online.

So I suppose I have contributed to the demise of the high street shops (I'd have to travel 20 miles to find one anyway). The local independent camera shop has been the source of secondhand items such as tripods, but again, their prices for new equipment is even higher than Jessops or Jacobs were.

I used to have my film processing done by Jessops after the demise of Klick, but, as I no longer use film I don't need either. I don't know whether the local shop still offers film processing (they had a machine in the shop that offered one hour service - but at a price!).

Metro man
11th Jan 2013, 01:47
Natural selection and the survival of the fittest. I can see specialist shops surviving and even thriving. These will be places that people will make an effort to visit because of the service and product knowledge. They will need to embrace the Internet as a means of finding customers and making sales.

High end HI FI shops are a good example of this. Customers aren't too price sensitive, top end equipment isn't usually available from Amazon, a long testing session is usually involved and a home delivery and set up is needed.

Lower end places will not be able to compete with the big chains and online stores. A customer may go in for a bit of free advice and test out some kit. He'll then go to a "pile them high and sell them cheap" discount chain and save fifty quid.

500N
11th Jan 2013, 01:50
Metroman

It's called a destination experience - that which drags people
into the store as opposed to another store.

stuckgear
11th Jan 2013, 07:34
Metroman

It's called a destination experience - that which drags people
into the store as opposed to another store.

here's a typical example.. the reknown B&H Photo of New York and Los Angeles.

and huge, huuuge used department as well as a great on-line purchasing store and as for technical expertise, you can't beat them.

B&H Photo Video Digital Cameras, Photography, Camcorders (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/)


jessops really lost their way as the market changed and didn't define themselves.

G-CPTN
11th Jan 2013, 15:50
All Jessops stores will cease trading at the end of today.

BBC News - Jessops camera stores to close with loss of 1,370 jobs (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20992125)

Lizz
11th Jan 2013, 17:58
I was gutted to hear this news, I loved having a nosy, as useful as my camera phone is it doesn't compare to my DSLR. The staff were always helpful when I was there (Trafford centre store) and they seemed to know their stuff.

I love going into a shop and seeing what I'm buying, online shopping doesn't compare. I mean ok the last lens I bought was over £300 in Jessops yet I found it on ebay brand new at £75 but if I didn't have a cash flow problem I'd have probably never even bothered looking online.

I was recentley debating buying a new small camera to keep in my hand bag for them shots that just pop up and I don't have my DSLR and my iphone just won't cut it. Where am I going to buy it from now? :sad:!

G-CPTN
11th Jan 2013, 18:19
Where am I going to buy it from now?
Read online reviews, then search Fleabay and the Riversite for reliable suppliers (avoid overseas suppliers as there may be problems with warranty).

west lakes
11th Jan 2013, 18:22
For compacts try Currys/PC World, I got a decent Canon there last year which even has a proper viewfinder! They do some DSLR bits as well

G-CPTN
11th Jan 2013, 18:30
Or London Camera Exchange (http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Branch/?Branch=Manchester) - they have a shop in Manchester Picadilly Plaza.

Argos sell cameras (http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Browse/ID72/33026720/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7CTechnology%7C33006169/c_2/2%7C33006169%7CCameras+and+camcorders%7C33008331/c_3/3%7Ccat_33008331%7CCameras%7C33012615/c_4/4%7Ccat_33012615%7CCompact+digital+cameras%7C33026720.htm) (and you might have the right to return for refund if you don't like it).

cargosales
11th Jan 2013, 18:41
Despite wanting to, I haven't used Jessops for years.

The last time we didn't use them was 18 months ago.... when buying a new DSLR.

The 'package price' for camera and lens on Jessops website was about £730. The best price elsewhere was £700 but Jessops was local so we popped in to try out the camera and see if we liked it. We did...

Us .. that's great, we'll take it.

Them .. Fine. That's £850 please

Us .. Errr, but your website says they're available as a package for £730

Them .. We haven't any of the package deals in stock so it's £850

Us .. But you have the camera in stock ... and you have the lens in stock ....

Them .. Yes but they're not available as a package ....

Us ... What's the difference?

Them .. None but if you want to buy them here today we have to sell them separately so it'll be £850

Us .. But it says on your website that it's £730.. and your competitors are doing it for £700

Them .. It's £850. Do you want it or not...

Us .. But ... ahh, forget it ...


We used the opportunity to combine a trip to a friend of ours with a visit to Clifton Cameras Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Fuji, Leica, Sigma Digital Cameras, SLR, Lenses (http://www.cliftoncameras.co.uk/) who we'd only spoken to briefly on the phone but whose manner suggested that a visit was in order...

They were utterly brilliant and couldn't have been more helpful - I can thoroughly recommend them.. even when we eventually walked out having spent just over a grand cos they were so damned helpful and nice that we bought a load of extras and a few bits we weren't even planning on getting just yet..

It should have been
Jessops £730 .. Others £0
but thanks to their respective levels of service it was
Clifton £1000+ .. Jessops £0

Unfortunately it's not hard to see why they've gone under. I feel for the (few remaining) staff who knew anything about customer service but, frankly, retailing is better off without the idiots who 'managed' the business.

CS

Edit for typos etc

AtomKraft
11th Jan 2013, 19:41
For a big chain, use Calumet. New stuff, proper advice- extremely knowledgable staff. There's branches all around, but in industrial estates as opposed to the high street.

If you know what you want, the usual suspects on line work well. I like ebay for used lenses both buying and selling.

I like Merchant City Cameras in Glasgow for the personal touch as well as great service/ sales/ advice on new and used equipment. I've bought thousdands of pounds worth from this shop

Jessops? Never bought a thing from them.

Feel sorry for anyone who loses his job though.:sad:

Mr Chips
11th Jan 2013, 20:12
i have used Jessops for avaiability of stock, but found the staff either useless with no knowledge, or full of themselves and very condescending. Sadly no middle ground of friendly and helpful.

west lakes
11th Jan 2013, 20:23
For a big chain, use Calumet.

Apart from the 240 mile round trip to their closest store!

The nearest to me now are Wilkinsons, again not a lot in the stores but a large internet presence

dead_pan
11th Jan 2013, 23:10
Our local store was mobbed when I walked past it this afternoon...

They have been under pressure for some years now - I recall they almost went under a few years back. To be honest I rarely used them as they did seem expensive compared to other outlets. The chap in our local store was a semi-professional photographer and seemed to know his stuff - from the sounds of it he may have been the exception rather than the rule.

Our local high street is beginning to look a bit stark - what to do with all of those empty units? Surely the landlords must relent with their out-dated rent demands and let some fresh blood into the area.

Milo Minderbinder
11th Jan 2013, 23:27
Face it - Jessops went insolvent five years or so ago, and were only saved by a fraught debt / equity swap. If memory serves correct they also had an earlier crisis around ten years ago.....
We've all seen these recovery attempts before: think of the likes of Woolworths, Comet......a company goes bang and then someone else comes along and tries to trade it out of business. The truth is, for a retail business it never works.
If a company's business model is so flawed that it becomes insolvent, trying to restart the company isn't going to help long term: all it does is delay the inevitable, setting the the business for a second more spectacular collapse, losing even more money.
In retrospect the company should have been allowed to go to the wall five years ago

Metro man
12th Jan 2013, 01:09
Our local high street is beginning to look a bit stark - what to do with all of those empty units? Surely the landlords must relent with their out-dated rent demands and let some fresh blood into the area.

If my last visit to the UK was anything to go by, charity shops and take away food are the last remaining growth area in the high street.

Richard Taylor
12th Jan 2013, 07:53
And bookies...:ugh: Even in my neck of the woods there are empty shop units a-plenty. Now joined by Jessops & shortly (on the emptying main street) Milletts.

Firestorm
12th Jan 2013, 08:17
My opinion of high street shops, not just Jessops, but independent grocers and the bigger chains such as Smiths and so on, is that they cling to traditional shop hours of 0930-1700 (or thereabouts). I spent the summer of 2011 in Latvia where all the high street shops stayed open until 1930 or 2000 pretty much every day. That way people from other businesses in the city would drop in and shop on their way home from work. I don't know if shops in the UK are constrained by local trading by-laws or other legal restrictions, but surely they should put in a bit more effort of they want to survive. The out of town retail parks and trading estates seem to stay open a bit longer so no wonder they are killing high street shopping, not to mention that to park in town incurs a charge, whereas the out of town shops provide free parking.

El Grifo
12th Jan 2013, 09:55
Hey Stuck !

I go with your BH post.

All of my pro gear with the exception of the case, went AWOL somewhere between Havana and Montego Bay a few years back.

I ordered a duplicate set from Jamaica, and was up and running again within 4 days.

Snappy service :ok:

stuckgear
12th Jan 2013, 10:02
hey Grif.. where you been hiding out.. i love BH, used to be in the Los Angeles store all the time

racedo
12th Jan 2013, 10:24
I go with your BH post.


Time after time when I see someone ask for a recomendation for an online camera retailer the standard reply is B&H.

10 years ago needing a good camera I asked a US friend who chased a Pro Photgrapher friend and he recommended them saying they don't ever engage in bait and switch.

I like the fact that they observe the Jewish sabbath...............means its their business and they do it to their values not anybody elses. :D

As a non US card holder they insisted on faxing a copy of CC statement with address and number before even processing an order.....hell they interested in protecting CC holders.

If making a big camera purchase I research online and buy at B&H, really want to visit store when next in New York.

Lizz
12th Jan 2013, 10:41
I fear if I get a camera I'll probably give Argos a shot, only because I have an Argos card and may be able to spread the cost!

Firestorm I have to agree with you. Living so close to the Trafford Centre I forgot how shops in town shut so early, they stay open until 10pm weekdays which is plenty if I want to go after work, plus the car park is free! I was in town in Lancaster (parents live there) at christmas and was baffled when things started shutting up shop, it was christmas eve but even so!

El Grifo
12th Jan 2013, 10:49
Liz,
You can still buy from B+H at great prices.

You have to pay import taxes in the UK but often it still a lot cheaper.

Stuck, I crossed the Atlantic in a 49 footer with some friends and spent some time in the Windward Islands with the family.

Left the 'puter at home along with the mobile :8

stuckgear
12th Jan 2013, 11:29
ohh that sounds like a bit of fun grif. used to have a couple fo friends who did contract atlantic crossings for gin palace owners that dint have the cajones or experience for a such a trip.. one actually did one in a historic paddle steamer a couple of years back.. i take it the camera didnt get much use on that trip as there's not a lot to take pictures of.. ooh a horizon.. oh look another one.. and another.. etc etc.

Lizz
12th Jan 2013, 11:46
You can still buy from B+H at great prices.


Thanks for the info, I'll definitely have a look into it, I'm currently doing up a house with my OH to move in so a camera's at the bottom of the list at the moment, but it's definitely something I'll keep in mind!

racedo
12th Jan 2013, 12:34
I'm currently doing up a house with my OH to move in so a camera's at the bottom of the list at the moment,

get even a cheap one for the before and after shots, did that with one house and photos still there long after gf did a bunk (best thing she ever did for me as met Mrs on rebound and still going strong).

airship
12th Jan 2013, 12:40
Espada III wrote: I went into Jessops earlier this week before the announcement. I wanted to buy a small high quality digital camera with 'spot metering' and a wide angle lens - minimum 24mm. The first thing the sales assistant asked me was "what's spot metering?".

Now if the assistant doesn't know that, they don't deserve to be in business. The guy was in his late 20s so no weekend student. I was very disappointed.

The last classic 35mm SLR I ever bought, I bought at a Jessops store near Croydon in 1986 or so, if I remember correctly. It was an Olympus model OM2-Spot I think. With spot-metering. I'd made my decision to buy this particular model after reading the usual printed magazines of the day, and then phoning around comparing prices etc., the price difference made driving upto Croydon from Chichester worth it. I must have been quite happy with the welcome and their service, because in addition to the camera, I came away with a 85-200mm telephoto zoom lens and a new camera bag?! :ok:

That was my last serious camera purchase until treading into the digital camera field in the early 2000s. When I bought a SONY model MVC-CD400 digital camera incorporating a 3 1/2" 156MB CD-RW drive through Amazon USA, had it shipped to a friend in USA (they were not allowed to ship these direct outside of the USA back then) and who then sent it onto me here in France. My decision to buy this particular model was entirely due to reading on-line reviews available on the WWW. I'm pretty sure that it also has "spot-metering"...?! Fast-forward 11-18 months, and this camera had been permanently displaced by newer and much cheaper mass-storage technologies... :zzz:

Ever since, my mostly quite basic photographic instincts have been usually satisfied by the standard camera on my mobile phone.

Espada III, I don't believe that any modern high-street retailer of electronics equipment currently employs (or could afford to employ) the calibre of employees you allude to. Others, but especially Amazon, never ever did. Amazon being a case in point and worth high-lighting in the context of their operations in UK / Europe recently. Where the bulk of any UK profits are apparently transferred to lower tax EU countries in whatever forms, before being transferred to offshore tax-havens which impose no corporation tax at all on profits...?! :mad:

I'm not saying that if you got rid of all the "Amazons" or their lookalikes, that this would necessarily save the next Jessops etc. But there is an important issue, that of assuring a "level playing field". Amazon and others do not play fairly. Please don't blame it all simply on the ...guy was in his late 20s so no weekend student. I was very disappointed.[/ :(

G-CPTN
12th Jan 2013, 13:13
get even a cheap one for the before and after shots,

:ok: I believe even Mr T Esco stocks low-priced digital cameras. Look around the batteries and pick-and-mix rather than the electronics - I seem to remember seeing one for about £12.

Argos digital cameras start at £25 I see.

Lizz
12th Jan 2013, 13:25
I have an older lumix camera I can use for the time being, as for the before and after shots I've got them on my phone, I fear a higher quality may bring out the true horror of the place as it stands! I'm promised it will be liveable by the end of the month, personally I'm not too sure :ugh:

teeteringhead
12th Jan 2013, 14:26
Not sure their business model was the best. Not too long ago I was in Shrewsbury, and this fairly small county town had two separate branches, within about 200 m of each other in the Town Centre.

scarecrow450
12th Jan 2013, 20:12
Jessops actually took over an independent camera shop in Shrewsbury and then their old shop was demolished. They then took over an old pet shop and re opened their 2nd shop again. But they don't seem to have or they had enough staff as it was always a wait to get served.
Tried to buy my last camera there but 100 yards away it was cheaper and easier to buy in Argos !

clicker
12th Jan 2013, 20:43
I used them quite a bit but then my local store changed.

Most of the staff I knew had gone, the full window display changed to one that had less than four items and loads of fresh air in the spaces.

Then, like others, I noticed the new staff didnt have a clue and prices were higher than other camera outlets and so I didnt use them again.

Paraffin Budgie
13th Jan 2013, 09:56
Interesting read:

Weathering the Jessops Administration | Gizmodo UK (http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/01/weathering-the-jessops-administration/)

G-CPTN
31st Jan 2013, 17:56
Jessop name has been bought by a group said to include Peter Jones (of Dragons Den). It is thought that an online trading company will result rather than re-opening the shops.