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Jessops: 1934-2012

Another sad victim of online sales in Britain - Jessops, the high street photography chain, is no more. Jessops joins Jacobs, which shut down in June 2012.

Sadly, this isn’t entirely surprising. The primary market for Jessops was the average consumer. People who had no idea about photography but wanted something for their snapshots, or who wanted prints made up. The thing is, everybody uses their phones now. The average consumer no longer wants to carry a point and shoot around. And it’s easier to share a photo online than mess around with prints.

Meanwhile the high end of the market is split between professionals, who often shell out for the support from companies like Calumet or Fixation, or advanced amateurs, who shop around and then buy the cheapest thing online.

Either way, the end result is the low end in photographic retail is gone. Probably won’t be missed by the average photographer - I have a now-useless £20 gift certificate lying around the place that someone gave me years ago and which I never got around to spending. But a tragedy for the thousands of laid-off staff, and photographers who funded their way through life by working in a shop.

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