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Nicholas camera

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by saywell, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    They are consistent then!
  2. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    It's the same advert isn't it ?
    At least they changed the prices shown from £/s & p to £ & p when we went decimal .
    On the few occasions that I telephoned them to try to buy something they said they had to check if they still had it .
    After a few seconds pause , they claimed to have sold that one , but had another but at about 25% more expensive .
    Weeks and months later the same advert is still running , showing the original price .
    When I challenged them about this , they came up with some bull about the advert being a sample rather than a list of stock they were selling with genuine prices .
    So the advert isn't even a real advert !
    The only item I bought , turned out later I was greatly overcharged .
    The advert seems to be a bait and switch con .
    Best just to avoid them .
    A wonder their still trading .
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2015
  3. John King

    John King In the Stop Bath

    If the adverts are not correct, missleading or simply a blatant lie. make sure that you have all the facts/details/dates you need and report them to Advertising Standards Agency - believe me it works!
  4. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    That works in a shop that sells new stuff .
    As the gear is used , and they will have several of the same camera or lens at different prices , it would be almost impossible to prove dishonesty .
    If challenged they claim the advertised item at that price has sold.
    Places like this don't price stock up on the shelf as value varies on used gear .

    But the advert are a joke and a con .

    Your best avoiding them and dealing with genuine , honest firms like Ffordes or Miffuds etc .
  5. David Traynor

    David Traynor Member

    I'm amazed that this mob is still in business. My beautiful Lady and I visited London on our honeymoon in 2003 and I called into "Nicholas Camera" to see what they had (I wanted a screw mount Leica). She went for a walk whilst I was inside, so I had plenty of time to look.

    I saw one that interested me and, as there was someone who apparently was in charge close to me, I asked if he could let me see the camera.

    He walked past me and out of the shop, but said I should speak to his employee who at the time, was talking to someone about slide projectors.

    3 or 4 "excuse me"s and "can you help me"s later, half an hour had passed with me still being ignored and the conversation continuing. My Lady had by then returned to find out what was going on.

    Thank Heaven she got me out of there, as I had cash to pay and was already about to purchase (if only they had got the camera out of the display case).

    This has stayed vividly in my memory due to their rudeness and their unprofessionalism.

    As an Australian, I expected better of an English business.

  6. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    This thread dates from almost nine years ago with the previous last posting well over two years. I am not certain that the company is still in business, the website has disappeared and there have been no recent complaints on this forum.
  7. David Traynor

    David Traynor Member

    I saw a complaint by a recent customer of this company dated March 2018. They are also still shown as an active company via Google.
  8. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    That's the joy of an online forum. Too many threads languish in obscurity when they could provide useful service to the community in their later years. Can you spare the time to revive an older thread rather than leaving it unwanted and lonely in the outer darkness? Please, please, consider giving up just a little time to make an old thread happy. Post today. :cool:
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  9. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    A check on Companies House shows that Nicholas Cameras was dissolved in September 2015, as a compulsory liquidation, so game over by the looks of it.

    That would mean that any recent complaint was either bogus, or made after a long period of brooding.
    Roger Hicks likes this.
  10. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    And good bye to bad rubbish .
    If they were honest traders they would most likely be still in buisness .

    I buy quite a but online from firms like Ffordes because i know they are upfront honest firms to deal with .
    Anything i've had that i wasn't happy with ( either suitability , quality or image quality of a lens ) they have taken it back no problem.
    Firms like this will likely be here for a long time to come .
    Roger Hicks and swanseadave like this.
  11. David Traynor

    David Traynor Member

    Yes. I've been brooding for a number of years, because that was my first experience of dealing, or attempting to deal , with an English camera seller.
    However, I would have let it lie, if I had not seen the more recent web posting and seen that they were still being shown as an (apparently) current web site.

    If they are genuinely gone, then Good Riddance !!

    My next experience was to a specialist London dealer, and it was not all that improved; however the last in the Regent Street Piccadilly area was courteous, fast in service and sold me what I wanted.

    What surprised me was that I was told that I was the first person in months who had paid in cash, instead of credit card.
  12. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Try asking for a cash discount for cash
  13. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Earlier this month I passed their shop in Camden, the name was still in place above the entrance, which was shuttered and padlocked. I remember visiting them once, around 30-40 years ago.
  14. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    And such was your experience you never went back again ? ;)
  15. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That was pretty much my experience, but there is no much point in digging this up now, three years after the company has folded.
  16. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Correct - I think my purchase was of my first circular polarising filter. Something about the purchase left bad memories.
  17. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member

    After a long absence from this site (Many many years) I was looking and came across the thread on Nicholas cameras. I googled the name and alongside many of the complaints that have been made here was a website that still appeared to be working. Either they are back (God forbid) or the website has still not been taken down.

    Even the phone number quoted was active.
  18. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    That is bad news !

    Just checked and it looks like they started up again .
    The website dates as 2015 , but that might just mean the design of the pages haven't changed since their new website was launched .
    If Company's house had them closing in 2015 , maybe they claimed bankruptcy to scam suppliers and customers out of money owed , and then reopened with a new director ( his wife maybe ?) .
    They were the sort of shifty turds that wouldn't surprise you if they did .

    I'm looking at their website on my phone , but one thing I notice is there are no prices shown .
    Either it's my browser not happy , the site is old and not updated ( though strange it's still online ) or they wait for you to email or phone them before they start to scam you like in the old days ! :D

    Best advice , don't take the chance .
    Avoid them like the plague !
  19. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I looked for the site and came up with what seemed to me to be a phishing site. I closed the tab.
  20. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member

    Greed, AKA Nicholas Cameras.............spawns more greed AKA a phishing site

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