Great lens, definitely one of my favs
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To Alex, I have to say - good luck mate, sorry the administrators couldn't do anything over the past couple of days.
To the UK high street - good luck. Currys Group??? BHS??? WHSmith??? any chain that doesn't do something that can't be sourced in a visit to Tesco/Asda-Walmart/Sainsburys/Ikea had better develop some sort of USP very quickly.....or be ready to say goodbye.
Sorry to sound so bleak ! Didn't mean to have a rant - Honest!
Sorry to hear you've lost your job. Hopefully, you can find something soon.
It is a sad situation, but with the increase in on-line 'grey ish' importers it is to be expected.
I don't know how companies like Jessops calculate their cost price, but (for reasons I won't go in to) I've got a good idea as to their cost price for a 7d body.
This cost price to Jessops is roughly £250 more expensive than you can purchase it from well known reputable online dealers.
Jessops then put another £100 or so on for their margin.
The way that I see it, is they didn't make enough profit on the goods that they sold. (not sure if this is down to their deal with the manufacturers/importers or simply import duty costs)
I understand that their most profitable part of their business is their printing side, so I expect that will be a service that is retained.
Their sales assistants are of a similar breed to those found in large technology stores such as PC World, Comet and now in administration Curries and Dixons.