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Poll - Will you shop at your local Jessops?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Richard Sibley, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Richard Sibley

    Richard Sibley AP Deputy Editor

    Despite there being some great products showcased at CES this year, one story dominated conversation – that Jessops had gone out of business. How would the closure of 187 stores affect the 22 companies that supplied them? Throughout the show, the exhibition halls hummed with talk of the company’s collapse, and our many meetings with manufacturers and distributors inevitably turned towards how they would be affected.

    With the chain now back, at least on some high streets, it can only be good news for manufacturers and distributors in the UK. But what will it mean for photographers? Many felt that Jessops had lost its way in the past few years, but with new chairman Peter Jones roaring that he will win back customers with improved customer service and training for staff, perhaps Jessops can return to being the specialist high-street store that many of us remember.

    While online shopping may be a convenient way to buy kit, you can’t beat getting hands-on with a product and have someone explain its features. So where possible, we should try to support our local high-street retailers. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

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  2. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    In recent years, it has neither been convenient nor worthwhile to do so.
    But I have no other "Real" shops close to me either.
    For this reason All my most recent purchases have been online, which has everything you could wish to find right at your finger tips and at the right price.

    Jessops will need to find a magic of some kind to turn things round.
    however they are not showing anything new yet. Nor any thing to whet my curiosity to go and have a look.
  3. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    "Local"? Before the shutdown, the nearest Jessops was a 120 mile round trip. No way was it worth the effort given the level of "service" they offered.

    The nearest Jessops store is now a ferry trip or an air journey away. Completely out of the question.
  4. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    And again the vote button doesn't seem to work....:confused:

    Assuming that we were to regain our local Jessops I would be prepared to use them - but the level of stock and service would have to be vastly improved over what it was before they closed. The independent down the road offered far better service, a much higher level of stock and choice and much better prices.
  5. Bejay

    Bejay Well-Known Member

    What local Jessops? Nearest branch would be High Wycombe, and I can get better prices elsewhere.
  6. nailbrush

    nailbrush Well-Known Member

    I tried to buy several items in my local Jessops last year. Each time I was told to go on their website to get a better price. Of course, if they aren't then the cheapest, I'm a few clicks away from someone who is - they never were the cheapest. Their logic, to this day, still baffles me. I was almost a little happy they went under; I just don't think stupidity should be rewarded.
  7. Scphoto

    Scphoto Well-Known Member

    My preference would probably be to use smaller independent store - but if I need something quick a local Jessops might come in handy.
  8. bench_ubbster

    bench_ubbster Well-Known Member

    My "local" Jessops is now St Albans which is a 90 mile round trip. St Albans does have a good music shop (The Music Dept). So, if I was going in that direction I could combine a visit to Jessops. But there is no way I would go to St Albans special for Jessops.

    If I city centre shop (which I try to avoid like the plague), then I would go to MK, Bedford, P'bro or Cambridge, none of which now has a Jessops. If I want to try before I buy, I would purchase at FoI or make a trip to London (and make a day of it).
  9. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    I don't have a local Jessops - nearest now is 60 miles away - so no.
  10. pilliwinks

    pilliwinks Well-Known Member

    My "local" is also about 60 miles away. Would I go to central London (paying for the train) to buy something? No, I'd shop on line. Would I visit Jessops to handle something I was contemplating buying? Yes; but with the big big BUT that they don't sell large format cameras and lenses, which are the only things I'd be likely to buy apart from film. And I don't need to have film demonstrated to me.

    So, in theory, yes, I'd give them a chance; but in practice they aren't local (Park Cameras are about 10-15 mins drive away) and don't carry much "hardware" I'd want to buy. Although the same is also true of Park Cameras...
  11. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't bother. Enough trouble last time I had problems whilst in Glasgow. Got it fixed, then they wouldn't accept payment over the telephone (!) and had to do a bank transfer before they posted my camera back to me.
    Once they offer service, then I might think about it. Mind you, I haven't found any photography shop I can get that yet... Bring back the old days...
  12. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    No. We don't have a local Jessops. If we get one then I would consider what the new company had to offer. I would not be prejudiced by the actions of the previous management. We are discussing a new company.
  13. PentaxManiac

    PentaxManiac Well-Known Member

    When appropriate, yes. In fact, I already have. Over the Easter weekend, when the Oxford Stret branch reopened, I went in to get a case for a very unusually-sized, and shaped, digital compact. I wanted it to be as big as necessary but absolutely no larger. I tried 3, and found one that was exactly right. It (the Lowepro Santiago 20) cost me £18.99: it's £10.80, post free, from Amazon. But buying it that way could have resulted in me getting something that wouldn't fit and would be of no use to me.
  14. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Closer to go to Ffordes in Beauly. Otherwise try Calumet either in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
  15. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the recommendations,. Zou. Never heard of the one in Beauly, but I do have a high regard for Calumet - I just think of them as being more 'pro' than I am. :)
  16. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    OK --- you vast majority who will give them a go - will you go in a pay for stock they don't have for delivery to the store in two days?
  17. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    You know the answer to that. If no other proper dealer had the goods for next day delivery but Amazon did, then I would even buy from Amazon. If a shop wants to sell to me above a sensible internet price then the goods have to be in stock and new in the box for me to walk out of the shop with. If they only have a demonstrator then that has to be at a lower than web price.
    I often buy on line but the suppliers I use all have proper shops even if they are not local to me.
  18. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I always wonder whether pro dealers offer pro discounts to pros. Us plebs are invited to pay more so we go elsewhere unless immediacy of goods overrides that. I have bought from Calumet when they had a shop in Nottingham but since their nearest branch has been in Brum I have bought cheaper or more conveniently elsewhere.
  19. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    Perfect answer I reckon.
  20. Digital Dave

    Digital Dave Well-Known Member

    Having looked at the re-opened website, and compared the prices of a few items, with the same items at other Hight Street retailers, the answer is probably not.

    The Jessops prices were notably higher.

    I hope this won't be the case, but it seems to be one of 'new owner, same high prices'.


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