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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:46 pm 
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Today the following two binoculars are available in Jessops store only, where they may have quite a lot still.
They won't last long.

Nikon 10 x 25 Olympic EX waterproof £29.99 reduced from £139.99.

Vivitar 8 x 21 £1.49.

Enjoy yourself.

I would have bought them but no home delivery.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:28 pm 
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Sad time for users of optics as Jessops finally succumbs.
I blame this and the other groups going under solely on the Internet, which on balance I consider a negative aspect of modern living.
I think most accept the internet as they grew up with it.
All I see is the destruction of the High Street, the destruction of jobs and other negatives.
And not enough positives to make me think the internet is a good thing.
Unfortunately as other countries use it there is no going back.

Anyway those are my probably not typical views.

WEX now have reduced the price of the Olmypic 10 x 25 Nikon waterproof from £49 t0 £29.99 in line with Jessops although they did not have to, maybe the decision was made just prior to the Jessops news.

I ordered a Hama leather case, clearance at £1.99, which might suit binoculars?

I have ordered the 10 x 25 Nikon and will report if it is not good, but I think it will be fine.
Not really astro but a general purpose pocket binocular.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:32 am 
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Regarding your reference to "destruction of the high street" David, an architect in a recent TV interview expressed the view that in forty years' time there won't be any town centres.
Mind you, we must admit that, by and large, the internet does offer more choice and lower prices than many high street shops. I've bought astro-equipment on the internet cheaper than if supplied by small camera shops and the like.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:48 am 
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What about the quality of life and healthy living?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:52 pm 
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It is unfortunate
I bought my Canon IS binos from Jessops
Tried them in the shop and they agreed for me to take them home and try them for 24hrs
Sort of service you cant get on the Net
But cash is king and everyone wants to save money hence, internet cheap shopping and there is the convenience factor

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:55 pm 
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Whislt I feel sorry for those who will lose their jobs, I can't force myself to shed a tear for the demise of Jessops: we now have one fewer hawker of atrocious-quality so-called "astronomical" telescopes for which outrageous claims (especially of magnification) were made. Frankly, Jessops failed to learn from what has been going on around them: for a physical shop to thrive, it needs to do something other than compete with internet hawkers of the same stuff.

There's no point railing against the internet: it is a fact of life. It is also a fact of life that the face of retail is rapidly changing. For high-street shops to survive, they need to offer something that is not more convenient to get from the 'net. The shops that are doing well in our small (population just under 6,000) town are those that sell fresh perishables (mostly food -- we have two thriving butchers, for example), those that offer exceptionally good quality of goods or services, those that sell stuff you want NOW and not wait for a couple of days for Royal Snail Parcels or City Link to get their act together, and those that offer stuff you can't get electronically (e.g. we've had two barber shops open in the last year). Those that used to offer run-of-the-mill tat either changed or died.

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Tried them in the shop and they agreed for me to take them home and try them for 24hrs
Sort of service you cant get on the Net
But you can! Distance Selling Regulations give you the right to inspect your purchase and establish that what you bought is what you wanted and you have a right of return if it isn't. In fact, your right of return is stronger than it is in a physical shop, where it can reasonably be argued that you had an opportunity to inspect the item before you bought it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:49 pm 
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Having learnt the Jessops might soon be gone, I went into Brighton to look again at 80mm Zoom Spotting Scope. Still priced at £79.99 (ie less £20 in the sale!) as they were two weeks ago in Worthing. Had a look through one and seemed ok, so on the premiss that it was "now or never" I bought one. Little chance of astro-viewing up till now but tried it out on the streetlights at night and brightly illuminated buildings - a hard test which it passed very well. Obviously best at x20 but reasonable at the higher-end. Lightweight and "waterproof" etc. Came with good strong carrycase and tabletop tripod, the later might do a turn if used off-site although used fullsized tripod. maf


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:55 pm 
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My last experience in Jessops was being sold the wrong accessory for a camera by a salesperson even though I told her the camera model. I had to take it back the next day (a 20 mile round trip). Not quite the shambles that is Comet/Dixons, etc. but the staff did not appear knowledgeable. But I hate to see a business go under.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:06 pm 
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I am surprised that companies these days do not take advantage of the internet to develop their businesses.

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In the town where I live, there are many closed shops, big and small. The half-empty ARNDALE was only built in the 1980s and now the council is discussing having it demolished.
Quality of life, as David is rightly concerned about, should come first, and no matter how many retailing outlets disappear, town centres should remain as focal points for people to mingle and socialise. This means remodelling town centres in radically new ways.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:58 pm 
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Why not take a leaf out of internet cafe books and have internet shops.
Walk in search as in Argos, choose item, pay for it and have it delivered.
What do you think?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:03 am 
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It would be cheaper to search from home, there'd be a charge for using an internet cafe.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:03 pm 
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hi there,

On Jessop's website they now advertise the 10 x 42 Jessop's roof prism Mark one at £19.99 also Nick on action 8 x 40 binoculars at £59.99.

These are listed as both available for store collection or home delivery.

I don't know how reliable Jessop's are now but if bought in the shop should be okay.

Regards David

10 x 42 Jessop's roof prism binoculars at £19.99 are good value.

Of course it is better to try them out to make sure they are collimated and work well.

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:02 pm 
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I dare anyone to have a look on the Jessop site today for the current price of a 20-60x80 zoom spotting scope!

£159.99! :shock:

Is that the same model you bought, Mr Feist? Have you had a chance to test your bargain ( :roll: ) on the night sky properly?

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:13 pm 
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dear Mark,
yes they are probably the same ones and they were £49.99 when I bought the £24.99 10 x 42 waterproof binocular.
I decided not to buy them even at £49.99 as I had a similar scope in another make.
The £24.99 binoculars went down to £19.99 before Jessop's demise and after their resurrection.
They now appear to be sold out again.

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