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    We don't have Jessops in the US, but the story is familiar, and sometimes much worse here. I was reading over on TOP a while ago about Tom Hogan's "Predictions" for the 2009 photography market:

    http://www.bythom.com/2009predictions.htm

    In a nutshell he says the economic downturn will wreak destruction upon the photography stores that are in the "lacking focus" group. (No pun intended)

    IDK if that will be good or bad for film, or how well the prediction will hold up, I just thought of it as I perused this thread, and some of the comments about this particular chain.

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    A D3 sensor an a camera to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nikon F what a way to add insult to injury, digital imaging celebrating a technology it has all but destroyed.
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    I just looked at their share price over the last five years [http://www.lse.co.uk/ShareChart.asp?...&share=jessops and it don't look good.
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    Link now updated, originally it pointed to the Photo.net homepage.

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    Last edited by Ian Grant; 11-22-2008 at 04:16 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: no longer valid question

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    Jessops problem is it seemed to think it could re-invent itself as another Dixons which was itself once a highly successful national chain of Photo stores.

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    I think the quality of Jessop's stores must vary with the knowledge and interest of the staff they employ rather than follow a central management methodology. My local shop has a couple of staff who know about traditional products, one of whom seems to make sure that the core products they stock such as a variety of developers, fixers film and paper are always in stock.

    I can only judge the rest of the stores by what I read here though as the only other one I have visited was in Glasgow and that one also seemed to be quite good. If I remember correctly, it had a well stocked traditional photography department in the basement. This was five years ago though so a lot could have changed that way.



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    The two Jessops stores in Aberystwyth are quite good, and the Southend branch has a couple of people who know photography. Their lab tech is very knowledgable too. Unfortunately they also frequently suffer from 'Haven't got it, but we can order it in a few days for you...' A pointless attitude in the day of online ordering and next day delivery.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Link now updated, originally it pointed to the Photo.net homepage.

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    Thanks Ian , I realized my mistake, I am to computers what Jessops are to Photo retailing.
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    Andy K makes a good point without realising it - if the Jessops store is near a University or good college there's often a greater demand for materials from students and the stores do tend to be better stocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Andy K makes a good point without realising it - if the Jessops store is near a University or good college there's often a greater demand for materials from students and the stores do tend to be better stocked.

    Ian
    Which is exactly the case in Swansea. Jessops is 2 minutes walk from the Photography Department of Swansea Metropolitan University. They not only have a decent range of trad materials in stock, they have also managed to retain some of their more knowledgeable staff.

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