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    Good News and Bad News

    Good News...I have about £1000 to convert to some metal and glass, top of the list at the moment is a Hasselblad SWC. Strangely a lot of the second-hand models Ive seen advertised are black finish. One of the things I like about my 500cm and 501 is that they wear very well, underneath the crome is well, more chrome. Has anyone any comments about how well the black finish lasts?

    Bad News......Amateur Photographer magazine has been "re-vamped" and they seem to have missed Roger Hicks off the back page. I'm thinking of writing a strongly worded letter to someone.

    Good news......In the same edition of AP, Jessops (UK based chain of camera shops) have issued a profit warning. Their business strategy of dropping all second-hand gear and most film cameras in favour of box-shifting digital appears to have fallen a bit flat. I hope that at some time in the future I will get a local camera shop back where you can speak to knowlegable people and I could "eyeball" my future SWC first-hand. I used to have three local camera shops that offered this service, and I bet if they were still around I would have a much lower bank balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Estcourt View Post
    Bad News......Amateur Photographer magazine has been "re-vamped" and they seem to have missed Roger Hicks off the back page. I'm thinking of writing a strongly worded letter to someone.
    Dear Tony,

    Well, I'm supposed to be there one week in four. If you need more...

    Cheers,

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    Last week I went into Jessops in my home town to buy some 35mm B&W film. They had a huge choice of: 1 roll Delta 100, 3 rolls of FP4 and no Tmax

    They were very helpful and their computer told them there was an additional roll of Delta 100 at a nearby (15 miles) store.

    I sent Jessops head office an email, needless to say they didn't reply. The girl in the shop said a lot of customers were complaining about the lack of stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Estcourt View Post
    Good news......In the same edition of AP, Jessops (UK based chain of camera shops) have issued a profit warning. Their business strategy of dropping all second-hand gear and most film cameras in favour of box-shifting digital appears to have fallen a bit flat. I hope that at some time in the future I will get a local camera shop back where you can speak to knowlegable people and I could "eyeball" my future SWC first-hand. I used to have three local camera shops that offered this service, and I bet if they were still around I would have a much lower bank balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    I sent Jessops head office an email, needless to say they didn't reply. The girl in the shop said a lot of customers were complaining about the lack of stock.
    Ian
    Dear Ian,

    Check their share price. The status quo is not an option for them. They can recover. But will they choose to do so?

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Last week I went into Jessops in my home town to buy some 35mm B&W film. They had a huge choice of: 1 roll Delta 100, 3 rolls of FP4 and no Tmax

    They were very helpful and their computer told them there was an additional roll of Delta 100 at a nearby (15 miles) store.

    I sent Jessops head office an email, needless to say they didn't reply. The girl in the shop said a lot of customers were complaining about the lack of stock.

    Ian
    Low stock levels ("inventory" to us in the USA) is a clear sign of a struggling enterprise.

    Pehaps they're having trouble getting "terms" from suppliers?

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    In this case George, it's just deliberately low stock levels of film, it's an attempt to get you to buy a new camera, of the consumer electronics variety. They have good stocks of these

    But they have lost touch with what their customers actually want. They used to get my 5x4 Tmax for me, and at a good price, now it's no longer listed on their computer system so they can't order it.

    Ian

    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham View Post
    Low stock levels ("inventory" to us in the USA) is a clear sign of a struggling enterprise.

    Pehaps they're having trouble getting "terms" from suppliers?

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    anyone short sighted enought to cast off the throngs of analog film users deserves to die a slow and painful death.
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    Well on point (2) I've just written to AP at amateurphotographer@ipcmedia.com to let then know that (in my opinion) they really need Rogers continued contribition. This will prevent their magazine from reading like an electronics catalogue.

    I am 100% in control of point (1) where I still ponder the massive problem of chrome vs. balck finish blads. I'm thinking of taking some time from work to concentrate on the problem.

    On point (3) the "market" will decide.

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    "This will prevent their magazine from reading like an electronics catalogue"

    Well sadly well over 50% of this mag and others is equipment ads. If it wasn't then you wouldn't want to pay the cover price and the publishers would surely struggle to justify a weekly magazine. View it as a subsidy from those making and selling equipment.

    I do think they are right to make changes to the magazine- its been getting very stale for something that finds its way into my house every weekend . Lets hope that the changes turn out to be improvements and that I get more than ten minutes reading out of it in future.

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    Well Jessops lost my mother and aunt as customers as well, in their 70's and 80's they have zero interest in computers and digital, and the shop or rather huge chain of shops no longer caters for their photographic needs.

    The irony is the local high street chemists "Boots" (a pharmacist) actually has better stocks of film than Jessops (a so called photographic specialist), so perhaps Jessops really are shooting themselves in the foot :-)

    Ian


    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Rose View Post
    anyone short sighted enought to cast off the throngs of analog film users deserves to die a slow and painful death.

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