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I hope this thread hasn't been started somewhere already but I read in my papers that Jessops has now gone into administration; my views posted elsewhere:
As a consumer I feel that Jessops had lost it's way being neither fish nor fowl with no USP to offer; it was unable to price match the box shifters; shame to see another high street outlet go particularly as unlike Comet Jessops' post sale service was generally of a high order.
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yeah its a shame, but hey least some of us might get a few bargins!
I think Jessops had become a place to go look at a product and try the feel of it then go buy online at a better price, a pity though because it was very handy and the staff in the Warrington branch were really good.
I agree with Unit8 - this was one of the few places you could get a hands on feel of new kit. At times I found there service frustrating/suprising, but to be honest this was fairly rare. I feel for the staff... although you get the odd dud - with a bit of digging you could usually get to speak with someone with a genuine interest and some experience of photography.
With the demise of Jessops I can only hope that this will encourage the return of the independent photography shops to our high streets which were swallowed up losing all that knowledge and enthusiasm.
I think Jessops pulled themselves under , Just like focus and several other big name retailer's , By not competing with lower priced retailer's or becoming the lowest in town etc , You lose custom , People will always shop around for bargains Common sense should rule over PROFIT ...
In my local store, it was unusual they actually had what you wanted. If you ordered it in, they never called to say it arrived, and often if you called in to check, they had then sold it to another customer. Filters were just loose in a drawer and if they didn't have what you wanted, they would pull out a random one and try and sell you that. Last time I asked them for one, they didn't have it, and immediately started ordering me one - I said no thanks and bought it at an independant store locally for £40 less.
Prices for media cards were about 4x what you pay on Amazon. I am not surprised by their demise at all.
Thread already running here about Jessops.
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