Argos, one of the UK's biggest camera retailers with a network of over 600 stores, have reported a surge in demand for traditional film cameras since Dixons made their announcement, and sales have gone up 20 per-cent on the previous week. Argos continue to sell a whole range of film cameras, ranging from 4.99 disposable cameras to professional quality SLR cameras.
Commenting on the increase in sales Andrea Abbis, Camera Buyer for Argos, said: "Their [Dixons] loss is our gain. It seems that there is still pent up demand for film cameras, even though they have certainly been eclipsed by digital cameras in recent years."
Argos' Melanie Nicholson explained that an element of panic buying could be responsible for the unexpected sales boom: "People see that a store like Dixons is no longer selling film cameras and automatically assume that nowhere else will be selling them either. They think they won't be able to get one so they rush out and buy one straight away."
Concluding, Andrea Abbis stated: "Whatever their reasons, our customers clearly still want them, so it's too early to sound the death knell for the film camera just yet."