One thing I liked about Jessops was that if I wanted to order just one item, such as a bottle of fixer, I could request that it was sent to my local shop then go and pick it up and pay for it without paying for postage.
The actual cost was higher than most of the other dealers but without the delivery charge, which is a large percentage of a small order, it made it worth it.
Have you thought of opening a shop?!!
I too have found that very handy and have used it a number of times, if it was just some fixer, maybe a box of paper of developer then taking the carriage it indeed worked out cheaper, as far as opening a shop, If only I had the time, I am too busy with my photography business, I am the only remaining pro photographer in the Channel Islands, as far as I know, still working with film and working in Black and White and it keeps me busy, people over here like what I do and keep coming back
That's it folks,Jessops ceased trading and closed their doors for the last time last night.
I use to love Warhammer when I was little - despite never being particularly nerdy - and going to the Games Workshop store was a real joy; the enthusiastic staff painting models and playing the game on the store's huge tabletop battlefield. There are very few people who go into that store solely to buy models and leave, they will always interact with the staff and discuss their hobby. My Dad, who has always carried himself as Mr. Cool, ended up buying a £50 set of the models after taking me there for the first time - the atmosphere was that infectious. It was completely out of character. Getting home and painting our models on my birthday was one of the few times we really bonded.
I'll never understand why we don't have an analogue photography store like this. I'm sure there are more of us than Warhammer fanatics, and we're just as enthusiastic.
I don't see Lomo places as counting - being boutiques, essentially - somewhere to pop into after Starbucks and the vintage fashion shop. I'm talking about a serious place for serious people... with a lighthearted and welcoming atmosphere. :)
I wish the business headed APUG members could make something like this happen.
There's good and bad staff in any organisation, but, like-it-or-not, the fact is that Jessop have been a "digital store" for quite some years. The management chose way for the company and, if staff (and young staff in particular, who may never have used film) have not been trained in analogue, you can't blame the staff.
i never bought anything at jessops, because theynever offered anything worth while for a darkroomworker, as a very early adopterof the digital craze. i won't miss them.more business for better retailers.
As someone said on another analogue site, called FADU and with a lot of members in the U.K. it's the speed with which this happened that seems strange. It is just after Christmas when such a chain might have expected to have done enough business to allow a review and yet it has gone from administration about a week ago to all stores closed yesterday.
Even Comet in the U.K. was able to give about 2 months notice of closure and under U.K. law the company has to have a 90 day consultation period with its workforce during which it has to pay its employees so why not sell stock and conduct an orderly closure?
There seems something strange in the way it has gone over the cliff at this speed. More to the whole end game than meets the eye I suspect but what that might be I have no idea. A great shame for all its employees. Losing your job with no notice is bad enough at any time but just after Christmas has to be one of the worst times
My experience was they were quite mediocre then under Tom Brookes became very good, I'd always used trade suppliers in Birmingham but coinciding with a change in job suddenly found my loaca; store could fill all mt needs at the same proces. Yes I did have to explain to the manager of my local store that they coul supply 5x4 film, he told me it had been discontinued years earlier. After that they were good for anything but O moved abroad when I used them again all that had changed.