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post Feb 20 2013, 12:50 PM
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Not a surprise but a big shame...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21517862
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post Feb 20 2013, 12:56 PM
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Not really a big loss to the high streets. Only for the people who work there.


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post Feb 20 2013, 01:28 PM
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QUOTE (motormad @ Feb 20 2013, 12:56 PM) *
Not really a big loss to the high streets. Only for the people who work there.

That depends on whether you want a high street.

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post Feb 20 2013, 02:04 PM
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HMV is one of a few reasons I would occasionally go to town.
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post Feb 20 2013, 02:05 PM
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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Feb 20 2013, 01:28 PM) *
That depends on whether you want a high street.


Which often depends on whether I can be bothered to pay for parking and whether the high street prices can be even slightly competitive with the internet.


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post Feb 20 2013, 02:07 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 20 2013, 02:04 PM) *
HMV is one of a few reasons I would occasionally go to town.

Yup, that's me too.


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post Feb 20 2013, 02:12 PM
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QUOTE (motormad @ Feb 20 2013, 02:05 PM) *
Which often depends on whether I can be bothered to pay for parking and whether the high street prices can be even slightly competitive with the internet.

But even today, if you shop on-line, you need to give at least 16 hours notice for a parcel to be delivered, unless you pay for a courier.
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post Feb 20 2013, 02:13 PM
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QUOTE (motormad @ Feb 20 2013, 02:05 PM) *
Which often depends on whether I can be bothered to pay for parking and whether the high street prices can be even slightly competitive with the internet.

In other words you don't want one.

Thats fine, but don't complain when your choice is limited & there are no options.
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post Feb 20 2013, 02:15 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 20 2013, 02:12 PM) *
But even today, if you shop on-line, you need to give at least 16 hours notice for a parcel to be delivered, unless you pay for a courier.

And then pop to the post office / courier depot to collect it as you were out at the time of delivery & it needs a signature. Unless the item was sent by Hermes in which case it will be stuffed behind the bin.
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post Feb 20 2013, 02:22 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 20 2013, 02:12 PM) *
But even today, if you shop on-line, you need to give at least 16 hours notice for a parcel to be delivered, unless you pay for a courier.


How do you get the 16 hours notice thing? Do you ever shop online?
Most of the time shipping is free on orders over £50 and below that it's a nominal fee, around £3 or £4.
Plenty of times I have ordered an item at 3-4pm and it's been delivered (normally to me at work) by 10am the next morning.

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In other words you don't want one.

Thats fine, but don't complain when your choice is limited & there are no options.


I guess that's true. Regarding electronic items, games, DVDs, etc, I can just find things online. There's lots of choice and often different sellers. A Season of 24 for example in HMV was like £75 for all of the seasons (there are 8 of them) or like £15 each. On the internet you can buy the same box set, new, for half the price. There's no need for an overhead of "the personal touch" when buying DVDs or Games.

The only thing that needs a "hands on" approach is things like clothes as we all know trying on clothes is not only one of the most horrible things to do (but also the most necessary).


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post Feb 20 2013, 02:29 PM
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According to Newbury.net, Morrisons are in the running for the Newbury store.
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post Feb 20 2013, 02:32 PM
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QUOTE (motormad @ Feb 20 2013, 02:22 PM) *
There's no need for an overhead of "the personal touch" when buying DVDs or Games.

The only thing that needs a "hands on" approach is things like clothes as we all know trying on clothes is not only one of the most horrible things to do (but also the most necessary).



I think that depends. Shops have lost the personal touch. The days of personal recomendations needs to be revitalised. ( watch 'High Fidelity' to see how a record shop should be run - Don't tell anyone you don't own "Blonde on Blonde". It's gonna be okay ) The biggest problem with buying online is the inability to browse. The internet is fine if you know what you want, but there is no serendipity with online shopping.
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post Feb 20 2013, 03:47 PM
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QUOTE (Carshot @ Feb 20 2013, 12:50 PM) *
Not a surprise but a big shame...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21517862



I am actually surprised because I was in there a couple of days ago and I asked their manager about their situation (whether they were going to close or not) and they said "we are one of the safe ones". Either he was hoping/ wishful thinking or he was told it was going to stay open but then plans were changed. But it is a shame. I used to like going in their and looking at the new DVD's & CDs etc and then going home and ordering them on Amazon. If I didn't get them on Amazon then I bought them from Sainsbury's as they were cheaper. But they were a great browsing shop.We need more shops in our towns so that we can look at the good, ask questions and then go home and order them on line. What is the world coming to?
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post Feb 20 2013, 03:47 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 20 2013, 02:04 PM) *
HMV is one of a few reasons I would occasionally go to town.


Me the same; as I said in my previous post.
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post Feb 20 2013, 05:25 PM
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QUOTE (GMR @ Feb 20 2013, 03:47 PM) *
I am actually surprised because I was in there a couple of days ago and I asked their manager about their situation (whether they were going to close or not) and they said "we are one of the safe ones".

Can't trust anyone to tell the truth these days.
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post Feb 20 2013, 05:28 PM
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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Feb 20 2013, 05:25 PM) *
Can't trust anyone to tell the truth these days.




Maybe he was telling the truth. He might have been telling me what he knew at the time. The link that was given with the names of shops was dated today (20th) well after when I was told.
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post Feb 20 2013, 05:31 PM
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QUOTE (GMR @ Feb 20 2013, 05:28 PM) *
Maybe he was telling the truth. He might have been telling me what he knew at the time. The link that was given with the names of shops was dated today (20th) well after when I was told.

No matter if he was - just goes to show that you can't always rely on what you are told.
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post Feb 20 2013, 05:32 PM
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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Feb 20 2013, 05:31 PM) *
No matter if he was - just goes to show that you can't always rely on what you are told.



Well, that is true enough.
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post Feb 20 2013, 06:07 PM
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QUOTE (GMR @ Feb 20 2013, 03:47 PM) *
.... I used to like going in their and looking at the new DVD's & CDs etc and then going home and ordering them on Amazon.,,,,,


You may well have stumbled across one of the new retail models which if worked up might, just might still keep the 'High Street' viable. In music terms at least HMVs basic retail operation hasn't changed much since the 1920's when it started. It could be done, anyone got some spare cash so we could try?


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post Feb 20 2013, 06:19 PM
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QUOTE (motormad @ Feb 20 2013, 02:22 PM) *
How do you get the 16 hours notice thing? Do you ever shop online?

Do have to be so rude to make a point?

QUOTE (motormad @ Feb 20 2013, 02:22 PM) *
Most of the time shipping is free on orders over £50 and below that it's a nominal fee, around £3 or £4. Plenty of times I have ordered an item at 3-4pm and it's been delivered (normally to me at work) by 10am the next morning.

3pm to 10am the next day is 19 hours.

QUOTE (motormad @ Feb 20 2013, 02:22 PM) *
The only thing that needs a "hands on" approach is things like clothes as we all know trying on clothes is not only one of the most horrible things to do (but also the most necessary).

Or when you need something the same day, or the same hour even.
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