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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Kershaw View Post
    Do they have very erratic stock control? I find it difficult to imagine a sudden drop-off in demand over such a sort time frame.
    I don't think so. They used to be consistantly fairly good. Not outstanding but better than the reports I heard of other Jessops stores. Good enough that I could rely on them having the basics such as paper, film Ilford DD-X and Ilford rapid fixer.

    When I went in and couldn't find any fixer a while ago, someone went out the back and brought two bottles in.

    I think this person had some interest in traditional stuff and re-ordered when it ran out. When I bought some film last year, he told me that film sales were increasing a little bit.

    However, I have not seen him in there recently so I think he has gone - and probably taken that store's interest in traditional photography with him.

    I think it's a case of no one else there being interested so it doesn't get ordered. The only chemical they have at the moment is a bottle of Kodak selenium toner. There are also half a dozen packets of paper on the shelf. I will probably buy them (especially if they have a closing down sale!) but I don't expect them to be replaced.


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    Do you think there is a reasonable market for analogue photography materials on the Isle of Wight? I suppose if people see materials in a store, they may start thinking about investigating an old camera in the loft, or buy a second hand model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt5791 View Post
    It is very fruustrating because in the end Jessops is a very well known name, and if they followed the same sort of strategy as Warehouse Express I think they could do very well.
    What is Warehouse Express's strategy exactly? "Lie about stock, sit on funds for as long as possible while ignoring the phone, and hope the customer eventually gives up?"


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    I have to admit spending quite a bit of money in my local Jessops recently, and went in a few times over the last 3 weeks, they had customers every time ordering prints, buying cameras & accessories. They had RC paper and B&W chemistry on the shelf but are always let down by the poor stock levels of film, Boots had more but only 35mm.

    When I started in B&W in the late 60's there were 3 photographic suppliers in the town, unfortunately there's now only Jessops, who took over a much better shop and dumbed it down. The store is good for processing and I do use them for colour snaps, and had some excellent prints done by them last Saturday -OK they were from Stoo Batchelors digital files from the APUG Cornwall meet but they've always done an excellent job with my Fuji Superia negs, the staff are experienced.

    Tim Brookes, the then Chairman, regenerated Jessops around 6 or 7 years ago ready for privatisation, they prided themselves then that they could supply anything photographic at a competitive prices and would always price match, in addition anything they sold online or in their catalogue could be in your local Store within 24 hours. They'd also get you items not in the catalogue !!!

    There was a point around 2002/3 maybe 4 where I was buying virtually everything I needed from Jessops, LF films, 120, B&W papers, shemistry, and then Tim left and the rot set in again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Kershaw View Post
    Do you think there is a reasonable market for analogue photography materials on the Isle of Wight?
    To be honest, No.

    But someone other than me was buying this stuff too judging by the way the stock went up and down.


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    Called in to my local (Plymouth) Jessops about an hour ago as they were advertising "Massive Reductions", "Huge Bargains" or something similar. I couldn't comment on whether 98% of the stuff in the store was cheap or not as it was all something called "digital" (wonder what that is?) but the prices of their Ilford b/w paper left me open-mouthed - £36 for 100 sheets of 10" x 8" RC MGIV. (That's over seven shillings a sheet!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Roberts View Post
    Called in to my local (Plymouth) Jessops about an hour ago as they were advertising "Massive Reductions", "Huge Bargains" or something similar. I couldn't comment on whether 98% of the stuff in the store was cheap or not as it was all something called "digital" (wonder what that is?) but the prices of their Ilford b/w paper left me open-mouthed - £36 for 100 sheets of 10" x 8" RC MGIV. (That's over seven shillings a sheet!)

    Steve
    I remember the Jessops at Plymouth when they were located in the Armada shopping centre and I was just getting into photography - couldn't keep myself away. Even though it's a 50 mile drive, it was worth it to stock up on Record Rapid and drool over all the secondhand med format in the window which I thought I'd never be able to afford !!

    Is London Camera exchange still going there ? Guess they're all digi aswell.

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    Well the price for the same product here, is around the £60 mark!

    I would love to purchase at that price.

    Even allowing for freight and that kind of stuff, we, in this country, pay an abnormally high price for photographic consumables, unfortunately this is especially true of Ilford product

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Fagan View Post
    Well the price for the same product here, is around the £60 mark!

    Mick.
    Surely for MG fibre base?

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    Tom, no!

    Trust me when I say that it is cheaper for me to purchase Ilford product from the USA, and I do, especially films.

    Apart from New Zealand, we are possibly the most expensive so called first world country, for Ilford product.

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