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The Great Jessops Price Match Challenge!

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Shop but don't drop
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  • I was in the process of buying a digital SLR camera and already knew about Jessops price matching strategy. I have made sure that I have bought the camera lenses because I am not sure that Jessops can continue this for a long time.

    1. first off, a big thank you for this site
    http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/
    THE place to start for any Canon or Nikon camera or accessories. however, some lenses are not shown (eg. sigma 18-50mm f2.8 DC EX) so it is worth checking some of the camera shop sites first to find out what you want.

    2. I saved over £150 from Jessops prices (which are already quite good in some instances) and at least one Jessop's assistant to reconsider if he could afford the new camera that he wanted. needless to say, the manager refused to offer me anything off the UV filters I was buying.

    Here is the detailed list:
    Jessops shop/web actual
    Canon’s 10.1 megapixel EOS 400D Body only £489.99 £459.00
    http://www.dixons.co.uk/product.php?sku=550219

    compact Flash SanDisk Ultra II 2Gb £59.99 £38.90
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sandisk-2GB-ULTRA-Compact-Flash/dp/B0002DCDG4/sr=1-2/qid=1162825617/ref=sr_1_2/202-4969917-4474249?ie=UTF8&s=electronics

    sigma £318.00 £255.00
    http://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/page20.htm

    canon £168.99 £149.00
    http://www.ajpurdy.co.uk/erol.html#331x0&&http%3A%252F%252Fwww.camerapricebuster.co.uk%252Fprod64.html

    filters £12.99 £12.99
    filters £20.99 £20.99
    Lowepro Slingshot 100 AW Bag £49.99 £24.99
    http://www.jessops.com/Store/c193/1-132-193/Home/Accessories/Cleaning--and--Maintenance/details.aspx

    NB-2LH Battery equivalent £24.99 £10.79
    http://www.batterieseurope.com/ShowProd.php?ProdId=36

    Canon RS-60E3 remote switch unlisted
    http://www.digitalfirst.co.uk/ProdSDetail.asp?cat=Accessories&ProdID=1305

    £1,145.93 £971.66

    saving £174.27

    If you need any camera batteries, then search on google, and look for the link to https://www.batterieseurope.com . There is a ecoupon worth £3 (mine was save3). If you use this and pay by paypal, with free delivery at the moment, I got a battery for £10.79 delivered. Compare with Jessops @ £24.99

    NB. Do you really need to ask for the 10% of the difference as well? I have used Jessops for over 8 years now, and several managers have always roundabout priced matched for me during that time. I also benefit from expert advice in their shops. In the same way that I always use my local butcher, I would hate to see expertise disappear altogether from our High Streets. ;-)

    Thanks for all the useful hints from other MSE forums I have used,

    regards

    Chris
  • RaveRave Forumite
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    Can they legally do this when they have said they will match and better any UK-based web site - particularly without even checking with Amazon to see if the stock is UK-sourced?

    Yes- no store is ever obliged to sell you anything- they can refuse to honour a price simply because they don't like the cut of your jib. A prixe ticket or advert etc. is simply an 'invitation to treat'- an invitation for you to offer them the money to purchase the goods. They're under no obligation to accept your offer.

    There are rules about deliberately inducing people into the store with false advertising, and rules about what they have to do if a product is mispriced, but they are unlikely to have broken these rules by simply refusing to match a price online.

    In any case, £45 sounds a lot for a 2GB card even if it is a spiffy fast one.
  • Success!
    Bought my Canon 400D today - been hankering after it for ages and got a great price for it through the price match so thanks to all! Speacial thanks to goll116 for the weblink...

    I tried on saturday, but they didn't have any in stock (small store!) so they kindly ordered one for me, pricematched to cameras2u at £455, and also reduced a 1gb memory card (jessops own) from £29.99 to £15 - I told the guy I had seen them at about £15 on the net - didn't have proof, but he threw it in too! Woohoo!

    One very happy girl off to play with the new toy!
  • Kernow_Kid wrote:
    Hooray! A big thankyou to MSE! :grouphug:
    I went to Jessops today and got the camera I was waiting till after Christmas to get. :santa2:
    The staff at Truro were very helpful, I was in and out in 25 minutes.
    I showed them printouts from the net and they said no problem! :T:

    I got a Panasonic LUMIX DMC TZ1 (silver)
    Jessops price: £299.99
    Purelygadgets.co.uk: £176.95 + £5.00pp
    -110% discount = £170.19

    I also got two Sandisk SD 1Gb memory cards
    Jessops: £29.99
    purelygadgets.co.uk: £19.99
    -110% discount = £19.99 each.
    (I know its not quite right, but I didn't have proof of these with me)

    It took only an hour or so to find these prices, and adding on some screen protectors for £4.99, it all came to £215.16
    A total saving of £149.80. Nearly enough for another camera!
    :dance: :beer: :dance: :rotfl: :beer:
    The only downside was I couldn't get a spare battery, they said it was a special order and would take up to 4 weeks. But as I can get them cheaper on the net I thought I would get them later.

    Again, BIG THANKS to Truro Jessops and MSE. :grouphug:

    Went to Jessops in Birmingham to buy this camera (but in black) but they will not longer match the Purely Gadgets price. They said that their suppliers say that it may not be UK stock. Tried 2 different stores (just in case ;) ) but neither would go below £210. Not a bad price but I wasn't prepared to pay more that £200 for the camera.

    Has anyone had any dealings with Purely Gadgets? Good or bad? They have the Panasonic TZ1 for £177 inc. p+p. Though I've just noticed they also have the FZ7 for £195 which is tempting :)
  • StompaStompa Forumite
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    bb_06 wrote:
    Went to Jessops in Birmingham to buy this camera (but in black) but they will not longer match the Purely Gadgets price. They said that their suppliers say that it may not be UK stock. Tried 2 different stores (just in case ;) ) but neither would go below £210. Not a bad price but I wasn't prepared to pay more that £200 for the camera.

    Has anyone had any dealings with Purely Gadgets? Good or bad? They have the Panasonic TZ1 for £177 inc. p+p. Though I've just noticed they also have the FZ7 for £195 which is tempting :)

    That's annoying, I was intending getting one myself next week.

    I discovered a couple of other 'cheap' suppliers:

    http://www.electronics-online.co.uk/acatalog/Panasonic_DMC_TZ1_Digital_Camera__Black_.html#a2033

    http://www.rankhour.com/

    I guess Jessops aren't going to price match with either of those either!
    Stompa
  • Give it a go! I am :) It seemed like they had only recently had an email regarding Purely Gadgets - maybe these haven't made the list yet.
  • StompaStompa Forumite
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    bb_06 wrote:
    Give it a go! I am :) It seemed like they had only recently had an email regarding Purely Gadgets - maybe these haven't made the list yet.

    Success!!! Jessops (Cambridge) did a price match for me on a black TZ1 from here:

    http://www.electronics-online.co.uk/acatalog/Panasonic_DMC_TZ1_Digital_Camera__Black_.html#a2033

    who sell it at £174.99. So Jessops let me have it for £162.49 - I'm really pleased with that price. Chap in the shop said that was way less than what it costs them.

    (Oh and since I payed with a 3% cashback credit card it will have actually cost me just £157.62).
    Stompa
  • Check this out.
    Sony DCR-HC96 Mini DV Camcorder
    Jessops £649.99
    Amazon £401.00
    It needed a phone call to area manager but 110% was honoured.
    Beat That!
  • rombombrombomb Forumite
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    Sony HC-3 HDV Camcorder

    Jessops 799.99
    Purelygadgets.co.uk 664.75

    Pricematched with 10% diff too : 651

    THX
  • bigbillbigbill Forumite
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    Would not match ebuyer as they say not british?
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