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Jessops for sale?

Discussion in 'News - Discussion' started by sharpey, May 5, 2002.

  1. sharpey

    sharpey New Member

    So, farewell then, my lovelies. Bidding adieu to the incessant buzz of the extended warranty fly; kissing goodnight to the scantily clad ladies recruited from Burger King and fast-tracked from council estate to developing and printing personal consultant; wishing a bon voyage to Uncle Tim.

    Anyone got a spare 150large kicking around......?
  2. Mario

    Mario Well-Known Member

    Jessops for sale? Shall we all chip some money in??! Free use of any camera and lens for life... "What camera do you use" errrr... well I own about a million mate!!

    Mario Greppi LRPS IRIPN
    <A HREF="http://www.dreamphotos.org">http://www.dreamphotos.org</A>
  3. rkilpin

    rkilpin Well-Known Member

    that would be kool.
    all the latest kit...ohhh, could even get Jeri to buy a bit, that would make Wills day
  4. rkilpin

    rkilpin Well-Known Member

    where did you see about jessops for sale anyway?
  5. Mario

    Mario Well-Known Member

  6. Nat

    Nat Well-Known Member

    hope it isn't! It's one of the only decent camera shops in Ireland! Although one Eos would be nice...

  7. parisian

    parisian Well-Known Member

    According to todays BJP they are looking:
    a, for a buyer
    b, to take over a rival
    c, To borrow a chunk of money to expand
    Either way it seems like all change as it seems they have tried to float on the stock market before but were undervalued - probably by folks wanting to actually see something. Too small for the market, not attracting lenders with fistfuls of fivers, nobody to take over really.
    I suspect if somebody went with a suitable sum they wouldn't be shown the door too quickly.
    Hot denials usually indicate somebody too close to the truth

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  8. sharpey

    sharpey New Member

    Expect an official announcement very soon........
  9. Reading

    Reading Well-Known Member

    anything to do with ritz?
  10. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    That'd be crackers! /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    (Too late Will, I beat you! Though I thought Nick would have nipped in sharpish, and that would have just taken the biscuit!)/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

  11. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    ....wot, the person who buys it would have to be crackers?


    <font color=red>Epitaph for BigWill: He debauched, he drank, he died!
  12. rkilpin

    rkilpin Well-Known Member

    how do you know? u on the inside then?

    <font color="#0077FF">All this talk of cameras and gadgets confuses me.
  13. albini13

    albini13 Well-Known Member

    The money is for expansion

    Just hope we never turn into Dixons and end up commission based.

    Get Thee To A Nunnery and Quick
  14. Lounge_Lizard

    Lounge_Lizard Well-Known Member

    Maybe you are half way to being a Dixons. Starting out as a camera/photo dealer and monopolising the High Street forcing the competition out, Jessops has now moved very away from being 'the' camera shop to simply being box shifters selling only the popular stuff to the public at large and ignoring the keen photographers who made Jessops into the giant they are now.

  15. albini13

    albini13 Well-Known Member

    How do you mean ignore. Do the staff tell you to leave ? I don`t understand please explain ? It would help if you gave me this idealistic background info on the way Jessops used to work. If you mean "ignoring" in a way that we don`t sell that elusive screw for the 55 year old Pentax camera anymore, or the eye piece for the steam powered wonka camera ,then i agree. But i`m sure they haven`t alienated people that much. Please give examples.
  16. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    "...we don`t sell that elusive screw for the 55 year old Pentax camera..."

    I don't suppose Jessops, or anyone else, could, since Pentax didn't appear until 1957.

  17. sinister

    sinister Well-Known Member

    He wants a list of the times Jessops have ignored customers and annoyed customers. Try doing a simple search on this site. Otherwise if we listed them again we would run out of bandwidth.

    It also pays never try an insult an older customer with such phraises as Steam driven.

    I think this person has proberly done more damage to Jessops in less than a week than the whole of Jessops has done to itself in its entire history. I just wonder if does indeed work for Jessops.

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  18. albini13

    albini13 Well-Known Member


    &lt;i&gt;"The days go on and on... they don't end. All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention, I believe that one should become a person like other people. "&lt;/i&gt;
  19. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Steve, I think you're being grossly unfair. I've been very critical of Jessops in the past (plenty of evidence here if anyone wants to do a search), but (generally) only when they've deserved it. I think you've given Albini more stick than he (she?) deserves. I'll repeat again (at the risk of once more being roasted) that I don't like what I consider to be Jessops' monopolistic tendancies, but the fact remains that the performance of any individual branch is almost entirely down to the staff. I've seen dismal, and I've seen excellent. When I was after a flatbed, they found one and put it aside for me on the strength of a phone call (Leicester) and been very helpful, knowledgable and pleasant. Enquiring about a Voigtlander L39-M mount convertor, they turned the stor upside down to find me one, despite me saying that I wasn't going to buy it then and there (Birmingham). On the other hand, telling me that an E6 process Ektachrome Infra Red film that they had sold me was Kodachrome, after I enquired if they could process E6 films in darkness, and not even knowing what a 120 film was is beyond words, especially as the store in question had nobody at all whoo knew the answers (Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh).
    So praise when it's due, and likewise the opposite. But there's no need to get personal!

    Nick BSRIPN
  20. Lounge_Lizard

    Lounge_Lizard Well-Known Member

    By 'ignore' I mean that there are two types of photography-buying public. There are enthusiasts who know a bit about photography and are always looking to add to their gadget bag whether another lens or a film leader retriever or maybe wanting to try another brand of developer or paper in their darkroom. Then there are general consumers who aren't really into photography but know they need a camera or simply want the latest technology whether they need it or not.

    The former used to be catered for by specialist camera shops and Jessops. The latter used to be covered by the likes of Dixons (remember Miranda and Prinzflex?). After monopolising the High Street by being very competitive on price and service, Jessops forced many specialised camera shops out of business. Fair enough.

    Problem is that they have now changed their focus more into the latter category i.e. mass-market appeal to the general consumer and away from the keen photographer. Darkroom supplies have been slimmed down to make way for printers, scanners and ink-jet papers and now they are competing with every other PC shop, Dixons, Comet and the like. While this might mean more choice (maybe too much choice for the general public), it does leave a gap where the specialist camera shop used to be, where you could readily buy extension tubes for your M42 thread Pentax or a set of close-up lenses.

    Consequently, I use the word 'ignore' to mean that they have pushed the old style camera shop out of existence and then changed themselves into yet another box shifter leaving keen photographers where nowhere to go (unless you are a Nikon user whereby you go and see Grays of Westminster).

    Jessops are now the 'jack of all trades and master of none'.


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