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High street chain Dixons meets its end - The familiar electronics chain will no longer appear on British high streets.
Dixons group, which also owns big high street names such as Currys and PC World, will also be changing its name to DSG International in light of the loss of its flagship brand.
This is especially relevant to photographers, not only because Dixons group account for a large proportion of consumer-level camera sales, but because former Managing Director of the Dixons Group, Chris Langley, will be taking over as Cheif Executive of Jessops Group PLC. Jessops have also reported tough trading conditions over the past couple of years due to the increase in online sales.
A sign of the changing retail environment came recently when Jessops stopped taking used equipment as part exchange. They have also started to reduce their current stocks by setting up a second-hand equipment shop on the popular auction site ebay. Internet auctions have had a massive effect on the trade of pre-owned photographic goods, as have internet retailers who are able to offer cheaper prices because of lower overheads.
As shopping on the internet continues to grow, who knows which high street scalp it will take next?