Me thinks rather shooting themselves in the head. :o
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
Originally Posted by Stever
Their aim was always questionable...
I had to catch a plane earlier this week and so was doing the 'lets walk around the departure lounge yet again' thing whilst waiting, as you do.
There was a tiny little 'photographic' shop hidden between the duty free and sandwich shops. More of a kiosk, really, that sold a few cheap digital cameras and binoculars and the sorts of little things you forget. Batteries, memory cards, batteries, cases and mini tripods. And batteries. Plenty of batteries.
And one wall full of FILM. Including a pretty full range of Ilford, FP4+, HP5+ and the all the Deltas... only SFX anf Pan F was missing. Plenty of colour print, slide and Kodak's C41 BW films, too. So somebody is still buying it!
Jessops have no excuse...
Going back to their roots eh?
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
Boots startedout in life as "The Photographer's Chemist"
I really wish Jessops would refocus on film a bit.
I was looking at lenses in there the other day, and I asked to see only full frame ones.
I was told that I didn't really need full frame lenses for my EOS 30D (which was round my neck). When I replied that I wanted my lenses to fit an EOS 1N also, they looked at me like I was from Mars - "What? you still use film?"
Yes. That would be why I bought a C41 kit off you last week. I seem to recall you found that quite quaint too.
Now I'd better go and think happy thoughts before I cry
I will take the opportunity to heartily recommend 7dayshop.com though - they have a very good range of film, at very good prices.
It's always shipped fresh (unless you ordered the reduced outdated film of course).
The only little annoyance is their variable delivery time. Sometimes your stuff will be with you within a couple of days, other times it's over a week.
Lens caps and cable releases can become invisible at will. :D
Well it took a week but Jessops have finally replied:
***************Our Ref: 0012780
Dear Mr Grant,
Thank you for your e-mail dated 20th April 2007.
I am writing to you in response to your e-mail enquiry regarding the
Tmax100, Delta 100 and the FP4 availability at our ************* store.
At Jessops, we try to provide products to suit all photographic needs.
Unfortunately, we cannot initially meet the needs of everyone. However,
we do hope that through comments and suggestions from valued customers
such as yourself, we can improve our services and provide an enjoyable
and efficient service for all concerned.
I would also like to inform you that your comments have been forwarded
to the Buyers for these products, and we hope your concerns over product
variety will be laid to rest very soon.
Thank you again for your comments,
Perhaps they should reverse their policy of turning their backs against film users, and keeping decent stock levels in each store..
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I too believe that keeping stock levels low, is an indicator of either lean or bad times economically for a company.
Sometimes big firms decide to keep an artificially low stock level of certain items they believe either don't sell, or possibly won't sell easily, compared to other, so called, faster lines.
Usually they will review the big picture and work out that sales of film have dropped1% this month, another 1.5% this month, so sales of film are falling at a projected rate of say, 8-9% per annum. Therefore the big picture analysis is saying drop stock of film by at least 10% over the next year. In a nutshell, that is how many stock lines are controlled by computer programmes.
My own business has a fairly similar stock control and re-ordering system. By looking at the monthly readout I can see what the trend is, by and large the trends are accurate. There is always the one or two items that get away, but that is par for the course.
There are always anomalies, one line of product I have is interesting, the stock control system tells me that the projected sales figures mean the stock at hand, will last for 43 years! It red flags the item(s) and informs me that I may possibly wish to take this item off the automatic re-ordering system. More sophisticated systems will automatically take these items off automatic re-ordering, they then become a non stock item which requires manual ordering each time they are requested.
This is not abnormal, in fact it's a normal routine for any business.
This doesn't mean that a chain of photographic stores shouldn't automatically have film in stock for sale, I believe they should.
But it's either the automatic re-ordering system, or a management directive aimed at either changing their market audience, or they don't have enough money for low moving stock.
Maybe it's all three!
I was in Jessops recently trying to get developer. A year or so ago, our local shop stocked Ilford DD-X, Ilfosol-S, Ilford LC29, Jessops own Econodev, and Kodak HC-110. They also had a pretty wide range of film.
This time, they had one bottle of Ilfosol and one of Econodev. I bought the Ilfosol, two weeks later I rang and asked what developer they had in stock -- hoping they'd got some DD-X in, in the meantime -- and was told 'Econodev'. They obviously hadn't restocked in the couple of weeks since I'd been in.
That's NOT good.
For me the best mail order film supplier is Mather's of Lancashire. Prices are within 50p of 7dayshop's and you get next day delivery.
WHAT?? put a gun to your head pull the trigger and miss?
Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
Who needs Jessops anyway? The analogue market HAS shrunk so it makes sense to support those companies that are dedicated to it (like Silverprint and Retro in the UK) and let the likes of Jessop go to Hell in a handcart.
The company has its back against the wall so we probably won't have long to wait...
Tony, you could head into London and try Mr cad (Croydon), Kingsley Photographic and Fox Talbot (both Tottenham Court Road). Mr Cad is a real Aladdin's cave!
"He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.