The Death of the Camera Shop


DoctorJeff

Link Posted 07/11/2010 - 09:52
Two thoughts:
- Oggy:
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It all went horribly wrong when British gas started selling electricity.

When two "energy suppliers" each tell you that they can sell you energy cheapest - one of them is lying. But which one?

- No-one has yet mentioned LCE apart from Offertonhatter. They seem to have over 20 branches left. Their used activity is variable, but in the past I bought a load of Ambico filters from Salisbury, and a Super A from Bath. Their website looks interesting.
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stub

Link Posted 07/11/2010 - 10:08
I was in Edinburgh in the summer. visited a very nice sexond hand camera shop.Sorry cant remember the namen not far from the castle...Also currys digital...
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redbusa99

Link Posted 07/11/2010 - 10:30
in my area i have used Clifton Cameras who are situated in Dursley, a market town, which if you know the area was quite a surprise to find.no 2nd hand as far as i know but prices competative and staff knowledgable and treat customers well, no matter if you spend 10p or £10,000. the other place i have used is LCE in Gloucester again comments ref. staff as per Clifton plus 2nd hand. both places always have customers in every time i have been so they must be doing some thing right
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 07/11/2010 - 11:43
More warm comments from me re Clifton Cameras. Really really superb customer service and competitive prices. Proof that if an independent shop gets things right, they can grow and succeed.
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paulgee20

Link Posted 07/11/2010 - 12:37
I purchased my Bigma from Clifton Cameras and can only say that the service from them was absolutely excellent. I would reccomend them to anyone.


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philstaff

Link Posted 07/11/2010 - 15:43
Theres a family run buisness in my home town still doing well Charles Eagles and Son. I talk to the founder of the buisness regular now retierd and well into his eighties. He said once that a few of the buisness people around him worried when the likes of Jessops and other big retail stores opend in the town and thought it might be too much competion for a small family run buisness but after more than forty years in the buisness not only are they still there but have opend another store in Durham City nice one Charlie.
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spirit_of_will

Link Posted 07/11/2010 - 21:53
I'm blessed in that SRS is my local shop, well the only local(ish) one worth visiting. In my view the rest have probably all closed down for the 'right' reasons... i.e. poor service and uncompetitive prices.

The only places that I tend to use are the usual suspects (Park, Clifton, Misfuds) and they generally have one thing in common with SRS - good service!

Most major bits of hardware I need will come from SRS or ebay.
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Bethyk

Link Posted 11/01/2015 - 11:28
I hate to tell you that Woods and Porter are still open. They operate under Amperon ltd. But the shop is still going.

FoxyJack99

Link Posted 17/01/2015 - 05:12
We still have a camera shop in York - Yorkcameramart. I've bought a couple of pre-owned cameras from them over the past two or three years. They are knowledgeable but the shop is intimidating. I bought a £400 Fuji camera and I was given about 30 seconds attention and sold an inflated price memory card to go with it. I still look in their window as they have pre-owned gear, some expensive some reasonable some cheap like they're a bit out of touch with prices.

The independent shop I do recommend is Harrisons in Sheffield. Great website, good prices, great customer service and I believe they offer free P&P

ken2390

Link Posted 17/01/2015 - 11:43
There is a nice secondhand camera shop in my local town, the name escapes me. Pudding Lane, Maidstone. It has a handful of old Pentax Cameras and several lenses. I very often browse there, very reasonable prices. Also in the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, all new cameras.

jeallen01

Link Posted 17/01/2015 - 11:55
FoxyJack99 wrote:
The independent shop I do recommend is Harrisons in Sheffield. Great website, good prices, great customer service and I believe they offer free P&P

Just had a look at their website but no Pentax cameras or Pentax-fit lenses though
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Last Edited by jeallen01 on 17/01/2015 - 11:56

Kseries

Link Posted 17/01/2015 - 15:50
mowog wrote:
Yes. It's the same in my neck of the woods. The following have all gone in recent times.

Camera Craft, Palmers Green. - Closed.
Camera Craft, Crouch End. - Closed.
College Cameras, Walthamstow. - Closed.
Clear Vue Projection Co, Finsbury Park. - Closed. (I bought my first ever 'proper' camera from there).

The only little camera shop still open within a few miles of me now, is County Cameras, of Chingford Mount. - At least it still was, the last time I bought something there, over a year ago... And that's the problem, you see. If we don't buy from these little high street shops... They die!

Gales Cameras, Woodford - closed.

I popped down that way at the end of October and thought I'll get some bits in there next time I was down, to find it had gone. A local friend tells me that County Cameras still appears to be present, but he hasn't seen it actually open at the times he has passed it - hopefully just bad luck.

Obviously the convenience and price of the internet has much to do with this but with regard to many listed above, you have to be local or use public transport to get to them, as parking over the last decade has become a nightmare. Commuter parking takes up most of the free spaces (assuming there are any), as it's yellow lines and residents parking bays almost everywhere. Very difficult to get passing trade and build a customer base, if you can't get customers through your shop door.

jeallen01

Link Posted 17/01/2015 - 16:09
Kseries wrote:
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Obviously the convenience and price of the internet has much to do with this but with regard to many listed above, you have to be local or use public transport to get to them, as parking over the last decade has become a nightmare. Commuter parking takes up most of the free spaces (assuming there are any), as it's yellow lines and residents parking bays almost everywhere. Very difficult to get passing trade and build a customer base, if you can't get customers through your shop door.

That, I think, and combined with sharply rising rates/rents, is why SRS closed their Ruislip branch a few years ago - happened to pop in there on the very day it was to be closed and got the bad news then (and I did buy quite a bit from them over the previous years as they were the best (read "only") decent camera shop in W. London for quite a few years.).
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Peterkin1010

Link Posted 02/09/2018 - 18:39
Worked for Jessops for 13 yrs from 1987 to 2000.

The biggest issue for me was getting stock especially Pentax back in those days.

But after that I realised photographic retail was on the ropes when after leaving Jessops I visited the old Wolverhampton store back in about 2005. An ex colleague told me “ Pete, you remember the huge queues we used to have out the door for Dev and Print? “ “ Yes” I replied. “Well Pete, they’re all gone!” And then it dawned that many people had switched to digital but those digital cameras now needed no real specialist knowledge to either sell or operate. Boots were in there big time but then supermarkets like Asda also got in on the act. The days of needing specialist knowledge in a specialist shop for the man in the street was well and truly over.

Then the minimum wage legislation put paid to the concept of Jessops and others hiring masses of highly knowledgeable skivvies . I know, I was one of those and my knowledge made others an awful lot of money with me getting nowadays below minimum wage payslip.

Amazon and eBay have also come along, the first profiting out of retail employees knowledge (get it demoed in a shop then buy it off Amazon) . And eBay was the death-knell of the second hand camera market.

With these things coming together its no surprise camera shops have shut all up and down the country. It simply doesn’t pay any longer.

womble

Link Posted 02/09/2018 - 21:46
This is a bit of a zombie thread... it keeps coming back!

Personally I have largely given-up buying things on ebay. I used to, but now I buy second-hand stuff from people on here most of the time. I do occasionally trawl ebay for exotics like the A*1200 but they are nearly always in Korea / Japan and going for silly money plus postage plus import tax plus VAT. It is more a form of procrastination these days...
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