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    ....Though I guess it comes as no surprise! Jessops has announced it Is going into administration.
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    Never been a fan. For me, they were in the league of the likes if dixons and other high street electrical goods retailers. As a specialist I always hoped they'd stock specialist equipment, but their range was no better than their non-specialist electrical retailers. And yet they were just as expensive as the small specialists such as creative video that have the benefit of specialist knowledge. For me, they did little to help educate the masses on all things photographic and video.

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    ....And 2000 people are out of a job :-(
    Jessops in the Trafford centre Manchester stocked lots of high end lenses if you required such like. I guess like others have and others will they are partially a victim of amazon and the like.
    Regardless of personnel preference its always sad to see a high street retailer go down.
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    It's always sad to hear of job losses, but there may be hope in the form of a buyer. In terms of the fall of the high street, i rarely buy from highstreet retailers, but that's not for the want f trying. I would be more than happy to shop on the hgh street if they sold what I actually wanted. It's not price that makes me shop on the web, it's choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    It's not price that makes me shop on the web, it's choice.
    I think many think that way, but it's the wrong way. It's not choice, as many retailers would be happy to order any specialist part/gizmo in for you.
    The real reason we all shop online is always . . . . Impatience!
    We're mostly caught in the grip of the 'must have it now' generation, but the really sad fact is, it's not just the likes of Comet/Jessops going down, the effect on high streets across the country of these big names going under means even less people goinng into town browsing at their shops too and long term the effect will be devastating.

    If the strategy of double yellow lines, ever increasing rents and rates and less footfall continues, all shops and markets may as well be flattened for use as car parks, which is where local councils can make up their losses big time.
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    If the strategy of double yellow lines, ever increasing rents and rates and less footfall continues, all shops and markets may as well be flattened for use as car parks
    If they do that where will all the charity shops go !

    I fr one am sad to see my local Jessops go. My guy was really helpful and very enthusiastic about his job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    It's not choice, as many retailers would be happy to order any specialist part/gizmo in for you.
    The real reason we all shop online is always . . . . Impatience!
    We're mostly caught in the grip of the 'must have it now' generation.
    More than likely a local retailer would be happy to source something, but a large retailer is unlikely to be able to do the same. My wife and I invariably use local shops for our significant house purchases, for example carpets, and the service we get there is always great. The large retailers have central buyers, and are unlikely to offer this personal service.

    I've often heard the phrase, "now generation", but to me it's a media invention. I'm frequently blown away by youngsters ability to dedicate themselves to a task, spending hours to achieve something. I admire that dedication. And it's often shown on these forums where kids spend hours mastering software and creating complex video creations. I do agree that we live in a conveiniance orientated society, but I don't think that's driven by a desire for now. It's driven by people having very busy lives. I for one have very little spare time, and appreciate not having to wait for something. If I find I have a DIY job to do, I often need to do it when I can fit it in. Waiting 30 days for delivery doesn't fit the bill!

    Getting back to jessops, I just feel they were catering for a market that no longer exists. We are all technologically savvy. We know what we want, and we probably know more than the average guy in jessops. I'm sure many knew their stuff, but I often cringe when I hear teenagers giving people advice in similar stores. The main reason I would go, and be happy to be a premium, would be for trying stuff out. But they didn't have what I wanted. You couldn't buy a Glidetrack, or a field monitor. The same was true for woolworths, and so many oher retailers. They didn't or couldn't adapt and perished.

    but then my opinion often flies in the face of reality, so I,m sure I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    The main reason I would go, and be happy to be a premium, would be for trying stuff out.
    That's always my argument. However, my wife's view, which I suspect reflects the majority of people actions (rather than what they say) would be to go along to the specialist, pick the brains, get her hands on the kit and then buy it for even 10% less on the internet.

    We are already living in an age where we rely totaly on reviews (printed, blogs, forums, professional and enthusiast videos) and buy kit without actually having laid hands on it or seen it in the flesh.

    Distance selling laws often mean we can return it if we don't like it - meaning that it's not all rosy for the internet retailer either.
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    I'm tempted to argue otherwise, particularly as I'd love to be the kind of person that would do that. But your wife's thoughts are almost certainly true, Tim.

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