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02-14-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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Where to buy Pentax K-x in London?

Hi all,

I responded to another thread re. this, but don't want my post to be buried, so apologies in advance for the double posting.

I am planning on buying my first DLSR and have decided on a K-x. I live in London, and Jessops is the most well known camera store. They stock every brand but Pentax. So I visited John Lewis, a well known department store with a good camera section. Same thing. I went to Camera World, a small but well known chain. Same thing. The overwhelming message I got was that Pentax make life really difficult for their distributers, therefore they don't stock their cameras.

I'm not going to order the camera online as I want to play with it first (I'm a bit old school like that!). On another note, no wonder Canon and Nikon are so popular, they're stocked everywhere.

I had my heart set on this camera and I'm really disappointed that I can't find it anywhere. If anyone knows of the store in London that stocks Pentax and could let me know, I would much appreciate it.

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I saw one in the window of London camera Exchange on the Strand a couple of weeks ago. I've seen it in various PC worlds too. You shouldn't have any difficulty, might want to call them up first though.

Also, regarding distributors (disties), I wouldn't get too carried away believing their messages. For example many disties demand a high profit margin which Pentax may not be willing to entertain. Hence cutting out disties, whilst lowering the spread of the product, actually means a better deal for consumers like ourselves - no middleman to pay off.

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Currys Digital also sell the KX. But don't expect any advice they are only interested in selling in volume. If you want to by on-line try SRS Microsystems based in Watford. Probably the best Pentax Dealer in the UK, and usually with good prices as well.
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Jacobs has Pentax (I bought from them in London in the past, but its also on their website). You'll find a branch directly opposite the big Jessops in Totenham Court Road.

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I just looked on the Pentax site Pro Centres - PENTAX U.K. Limited they list several shops in and around London.

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Hi there, I actually bought by K20D in london during the early part of last year...

At that time it was being destocked at Currys/PCworld and also was not stocked in Jessops.
I actually purchased in Harrods for a comparable price so was happy.

I understand the desire to "hold in hand" but be sure to check the prices on amazon before you purchase, then purchase where the price is best.
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Just checked, also stock in PC world & currys digital (same chain, different stores)... again listen too much to their "wisdom" when you go to purchase.
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I bought mine from Jacobs Digital which has a few stores in London, one in New Oxford Street about 100 metres from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. They stock Pentax. My first k-x turned out to be faulty and was replaced without question - and with apologies - by Jacobs two days later. The price was 20 more expensive than SRS in Watford, but this was fine considering the cost and hassle of spending half a day trekking to Watford and back. Jacobs have a website so you can check their offerings online first:

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Hi all,

Thanks so much for all your speedy and helpful responses, I definately made the right decision coming here and asking the experts instead of bumbling around London. It was very frustrating to trek to CameraWorld (who advertise the K-x on their website) only to find it's not stocked! I have been in contact with Jacob's (who I didn't even know existed until this thread) and am going to pick up the double lens K-x kit tomorrow. Amazon et al didn't offer any savings unfortunately.

@Nass, I'm with you, I did take their comments with a grain of salt. I should add that the CameraWorld rep said that Pentax made superb cameras, didn't try to change my mind and tried to help me find a store which stocked them, which was good of him. Regardless, I would respectfully suggest that Pentax still have a bit of a distribution problem. I have emailed Pentax with some feedback, which they have been kind enough to respond to. They seem to have good products but the effort you have to go through to hunt down a store which stocks their product will put off some newbs.

Not me though! I'm looking forward to playing with my new toy this weekend!
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Check " SRS Microsystem". If you register with "Pentax User" forum, you get free postage when you buy online.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pollypanda Quote
Hi all,

@Nass, I'm with you, I did take their comments with a grain of salt. I should add that the CameraWorld rep said that Pentax made superb cameras, didn't try to change my mind and tried to help me find a store which stocked them, which was good of him. Regardless, I would respectfully suggest that Pentax still have a bit of a distribution problem. I have emailed Pentax with some feedback, which they have been kind enough to respond to. They seem to have good products but the effort you have to go through to hunt down a store which stocks their product will put off some newbs.
Yes, they're definitely under-distributed in the UK when you compare them to Canon, Nikon & Sony. I'm not really sure why that is actually; from what I can gather Pentax have reduced their distribution globally in the last few years - but the "why" may be interesting. I like to hope that it's becaise Pentax doesn't want a lot of stock (and debts) sitting with chains that might go under at any point... though I'm probably wrong .

Anyhow good that you found it, enjoy your piccies with it .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
Yes, they're definitely under-distributed in the UK when you compare them to Canon, Nikon & Sony. I'm not really sure why that is actually; from what I can gather Pentax have reduced their distribution globally in the last few years - but the "why" may be interesting. I like to hope that it's becaise Pentax doesn't want a lot of stock (and debts) sitting with chains that might go under at any point... though I'm probably wrong .

Anyhow good that you found it, enjoy your piccies with it .

Pentax kicked out most of their dealers half a year before the Hoya takeover (at least in Europe). Then they invited only select dealers to stock their products again, but they would be required to meet some targets set by Pentax. Somebody at Pentax believed, they could play the same game as Apple does, but he forgiot, that Apple is bigger and has very sexy products, wheras Pentax had a poor portfolio at the time and even poorer marketing and sales support... Many of the smaller specialist dealers never went back to Pentax after that. I can understand that.

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My understanding was that a couple of years ago, Pentax set minimum marks for retailers. In the US, they had to sell 100,000 dollars worth of Pentax products a year, I believe, to continue selling Pentax. Sounds like a lot, but you would hope if you are pushing it at all, you could easily hit a mark like that. I think there were a lot of retailers who just had Pentax there for completeness sake, but pushed Canon or Nikon on their customers.
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My understanding was that a couple of years ago, Pentax set minimum marks for retailers. In the US, they had to sell 100,000 dollars worth of Pentax products a year, I believe, to continue selling Pentax. Sounds like a lot, but you would hope if you are pushing it at all, you could easily hit a mark like that. I think there were a lot of retailers who just had Pentax there for completeness sake, but pushed Canon or Nikon on their customers.
Even if a dealer would store Pentax for "completeness sake", this would be important for Pentax as a marketing assett. After all, if you do it right, adding any number of smaller, local or regional retailers does not cost anything. Only the big discounters are in a position to put the manufacturers under pressure.

If the average uninformed prospect does not see the Pentax brand in the shops he will not even think about buying a Pentax product.

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@ flyer, thanks for the suggestion, I'll keep that in mind for next time!

Thanks for the context update guys. I should add that as I found out today, a Pentax buyer is not given much wiggle room when it comes to bargaining. A retailer is a not going to drop their price when they know you can't purchase the same product from across the street.

Again, that would be a consideration for some first time buyers.
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