HMV

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    • kaos;67386 wrote:

      Well looks like they're going to be the latest high street casualty coming only days after Jessops went tits up. Whose going to be next?

      The only places thriving these days are fast food joints, poundlands, bookies and your payday loan (sharks) shops.

      A sad way this country is going.



      Agreed pal
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    • beagle;67391 wrote:

      It's bad news for the lost jobs obviously, but other than that I really couldn't care less. Horrible shop, hugely over-priced. They failed to compete and sadly it's now their staff who ultimately pay the price.


      I really couldn't care less
      I think you're missing the point about what Kaos is saying Brad. The once mighty HMV is just another victim that has succombed to the economic crisis that is still happening around most of us. Online shopping has affected an awful lot of businesses too because cutting out the middle man makes things way cheaper.

      I gotta give BIG props to HMV - it's the very first shop I ever saw the Electro albums series being sold and where I bought all the Newcleus and Jonzun Crew tunes back in the 80's.


      Yeah another fantastic British institution flushed down the bog :-/
      Postcode lottery........you're thick if you deny it exists
    • kaos;67386 wrote:

      Well looks like they're going to be the latest high street casualty coming only days after Jessops went tits up. Whose going to be next?

      The only places thriving these days are fast food joints, poundlands, bookies and your payday loan (sharks) shops.

      A sad way this country is going.



      Totally agree mate.

      If I could afford to emigrate i'd be gone.............

      Runcorn has gone right down the nick these last 10-15 years or so. Pubs closing everywhere, and the main small town centre is as you say about Britain generally, Fast Food Joints, Charity / Second hand shops,Hairdressers / beauty salons etc. ::)
    • I agree about the state of most high streets, but the consumer is partly to blame here. How many people go to the out of town retail parks rather than the high street? But then in the high street, the landlords charge rent that is too high so the shops have huge overheads and quite often you can't park in a town centre for free! If we want to revive our high streets it needs a co-ordinated government approach (pubs need this too).

      Fortunately me for me, I have a lovely local high street 3 miles down the road with hardly any of the big chains present. I always try to buy bits and pieces there rather than visit a retail park.
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    • High streets need varied, independent shops to thrive; sadly this is only possible with fair business rates and if landlords don't force closures with sky-high rents. I'm lucky enough to live somewhere with a decent high street with plentiful, cheap parking (still too many hairdressers though! But then, if there wasn't demand, they wouldn't be there), so I know it's possible and not a thing of the past.

      However, shops like HMV and Blockbuster only helped make our high streets worse by making them feel like 'carbon copies' of each other. We shouldn't mourn their passing. After all, how many independent record shops or video rental shops were forced to close when an HMV or Blockbuster opened up the road?
    • beagle;67391 wrote:

      It's bad news for the lost jobs obviously, but other than that I really couldn't care less. Horrible shop, hugely over-priced. They failed to compete and sadly it's now their staff who ultimately pay the price.


      In general I agree with this. The times I walked in to my local HMV it became clear very quickly that music wasn't the core focus of the store, lots of room being devoted to 'phones and t-shirts and boxed sets of DVDs etc.

      The price for individual cds was ridiculous, anyone would have thought that it was still the late 1980s and consumers were prepared to be ripped off (£13-15 for single disc cds). The range was poor and the staff, when you spoke to them, didn't appear to know or care about music.

      The internet has undoubtedly played a huge part, but I do wonder if now is the time in which independent music stores have a chance to really seize a potential opportunity.

      It is an idea that I have been playing with for some time.

      155 :)
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    • Finally got my HMV order delivered nearly 6 weeks after ordering it Xmas day night, but in the meantime i had thought my £12 order would not be fulfilled so i purchased the same from Amazon. I had no way of contacting HMV to complain as their website is still down and the shop staff say it`s nothing to do with them.

      So now i have 2 of the same, 1 lot going on eBay.

      >:(
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    • A friend of mine who used to run a great little record shop in Southampton had this to say on the matter....

      I'm very glad to see that HMV are finally on their way out. Some years back when the independent record shops selling vinyl were still going strong they decided to do a u-turn on their no vinyl policy with the sole intention of finishing us all off. They bullied the stupid independent distributors into giving them sale or return and mass ordered stock in only to return a lot of it thus screwing up the independent record labels who now had old stock on their hands that could have been sold elsewhere. Ultimately the vinyl scene was never going to continue to support high st retail for much longer but a lot of us could have another 3-5 years out of what we loved so much. Whilst I'm sad that many will lose jobs I will enjoy seeing the demise of HMV. Wankers.

      Hits the nail on the head.