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JohnParminter
17 Jan 2013 - 4:59 PM


Quote: came across one of the few photos I took of the team at Jessops.

Which of the fine ladies did you have an eye for then Pete.......?

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mikehit
mikehit  46146 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 4:59 PM

I think that summary of Calumet is pretty accurate if my local store is anything to go by - they can be a bit intimidating if you don't know exactly what you want: offering newbie advice was not their strongpoint. And by offering the sort of service they did, they are catering to the pros for whom follow-up service/care is more important than simply getting a good price.
I remeber they refused to open anything for the customer to handle claiming it reduced the amount they could sell at full price but I guess that is about business management, not just having a camera shop.

steve_p
steve_p  81090 forum posts England
17 Jan 2013 - 8:17 PM


Quote: I think that summary of Calumet is pretty accurate if my local store is anything to go by - they can be a bit intimidating if you don't know exactly what you want: offering newbie advice was not their strongpoint. And by offering the sort of service they did, they are catering to the pros for whom follow-up service/care is more important than simply getting a good price.
I remeber they refused to open anything for the customer to handle claiming it reduced the amount they could sell at full price but I guess that is about business management, not just having a camera shop.

This answers my earlier post about being ignored in Calumet( twice). I was dressed in my work stuff which obviously marked me out as not being a pro !

thewilliam
17 Jan 2013 - 11:41 PM


Quote:
Interesting that when i was hired i was also told that they (or my manager) didnt like hiring photographers. Never quite understood that, but it was hinted that it might 'upset the (pro) customers if they realise the staff are competition'



Over the years, many of the Bristol Calumet staff have been photographers. Richard was a retired RAF photographer and the Joint Services training is among the best so he really knew his stuff. He was much respected by customers and he did a great job until he retired through ill-health. John is a very competent motor-sport photographer. I could go on ......

thewilliam
18 Jan 2013 - 2:58 PM

She-who-must-be-obeyed tells me that John has now retired from Calumet.

steve_p
steve_p  81090 forum posts England
19 Jan 2013 - 3:43 PM

Just read in the Daily Mail that there could be an offer for Jessops from OpCapita!

paulcookphotography


Quote: Interesting that when i was hired i was also told that they (or my manager) didnt like hiring photographers. Never quite understood that, but it was hinted that it might 'upset the (pro) customers if they realise the staff are competition'


Over the years, many of the Bristol Calumet staff have been photographers. Richard was a retired RAF photographer and the Joint Services training is among the best so he really knew his stuff. He was much respected by customers and he did a great job until he retired through ill-health. John is a very competent motor-sport photographer. I could go on ......

I'm sure it was just my manager rather than some sort of Calumet company policy

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318432 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 3:46 PM

Alan Jessop is being interviewed on Radio Leicester right now
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioleicester - click the Ben Jackson show

Ended...you may be able to listen in catch up

Last Modified By Pete at 5 Feb 2013 - 3:54 PM

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