« on: January 09, 2013, 04:54:46 PM »
Very sad news for all the staff affected. But as said above, I suspect 100's of independent retailers are breathing a sigh of relief about the big player being removed from the markets.
Sadly, Jessops fell in a difficult place, they generally didn't sell the higher end kit, so you either had to buy online or search out an independent nearby... They couldn't really make much on their bread and butter sales either, with most people happy to search out the cheapest deal online. The sad part of this is that the middle market buyers will now struggle to find their next purchase and have a play with the physical camera/lens/tripod/bag before purchase.
The independents whilst having to be competitive, can afford to be less competitive, as higher end buyers have a greater degree of loyalty, they like the confidence of walking out of the shop with something they have handled and know works, spend on the higher margin miscellaneous items like filters, bags and gadgets, a few extra quid on these doesn't really matter if you want it for that weekend.