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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby fire and fueryIre » 23 Mar 2013, 16:22

Many happy memories of FOPP on Xmas trips to Reading. Last time I was back when it was open I bought the Immediate Record box set
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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 24 Mar 2013, 21:19

Was in the Oxford st. HMV last Friday. All the racks half empty, basement partly closed off already.
They had a buy-one-get-one-free on so managed to buy some goodies.

But what a sad sight...

At least FOPP still seems to be doing good business although they too had a somewhat reduced stock.
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Postby Zilth Pilchards » 25 Mar 2013, 13:42

Walk In My Shadow wrote:Was in the Oxford st. HMV last Friday. All the racks half empty, basement partly closed off already.
They had a buy-one-get-one-free on so managed to buy some goodies.

But what a sad sight...


That was one the main attractions for being in London,that branch gave me hours of pleasure.
I'd rather not see it like that.
I know there are still scattered second hand record shops,but you know what I mean.

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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 25 Mar 2013, 18:31

I know what you mean, Mr. Pilchards.


Funnily enough the next day I found myself in one of those mega shopping centres that also had an HMV branch.
Couldn't resist goin' in of course.
This one was smaller in size but fully stocked. :?:
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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby Nuts » 25 Mar 2013, 20:28

That is sad, I don't think I want to see it either. Used to go in there regularly when I worked in London. I was reminiscing a visit to my local HMV just the other day. Must have been about fifteen years ago, before my cd collection was quite as big as it is now, and I'd just been promoted at work and given a raise. Didn't have kids to worry about in those days so as a treat to myself I went to the local HMV, picked up a shopping basket and just went through all the racks buying whatever I wanted. Can't remember how much I spent but it must have been in the 100's. Did do a similar thing when Virgin closed down, mind you, when they shut their stores, they had a proper sale, not this half assed affair that HMV are doing now.
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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby the masked man » 05 Apr 2013, 18:15

HMV has new owners:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/apr/05/hmv-sold-hilco-saves-jobs-shops

Best news of all is that all the Fopp stores will be saved. Now, I can only hope that they can build up their stocks again!

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Postby lord_of_light88 » 06 Apr 2013, 09:33

If they can get Fopp back on track again that'll be a good thing. I'm done with HMV.

I don't think it will last, though.
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Postby lord_of_light88 » 30 Jul 2013, 13:29

After months of not visiting, I went into Fopp in Cambridge and it looked good again. Got the three Sundays CDs for £3 each. I only really wanted the first, but it seemed rude to leave the other two.

Also picked up two copies of Lemmy's autobiography (one for me, one for my brother), for £5. It'll be a fun read.

Not too shabby.
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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby Nervous Ned » 30 Jul 2013, 13:52

Yes ... haven't been for a couple of weeks but Fopp in London is almost back up to speed. Plenty of £3-£5 cds and masses of Jazz cds for £3. Like having an old friend back.

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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby Geezee » 20 Aug 2015, 09:35

Interesting - who is behind this? It seems to make sense, surely there must still be demand for music. Here in Paris there are still plenty of Fnacs all around with CDs and the like.
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Postby NMB » 20 Aug 2015, 10:35

I went in HMV in Croydon on Saturday - first time in ages. They've moved to a much smaller store and I reckon their total range of CDs was about 100 titles - basically the top 50 and an assortment of best ofs. So that's much the same as my local Sainsbury's but Sainsbury's is cheaper.
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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Aug 2015, 09:41

I didn't really notice much change with the supposed collapse of HMV, other than the main store in Manchester closing, but then there's already a massive one inside the Arndale. The main issue with the stores is that they're definitely more geared to DVDs these days, music tends to get shoved to one side. But I never really bought much from HMV anyway, they've always been a bit shit.
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Postby Geezee » 21 Aug 2015, 09:52

But what I don't quite get is why DVD sales survive - surely they are just as accessible as music these days? OK you might not have exactly the equivalent of Spotify for movies, but it's pretty similar and it's been a while since I bought a DVD myself.
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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby R. Swipe » 21 Aug 2015, 09:56

Because pop music is for kiddies and films are for everyone?
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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby Goat Boy » 21 Aug 2015, 10:11

I've never downloaded a film.

I download lots of music of course.
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Postby never/ever » 21 Aug 2015, 10:21

Geezee wrote:But what I don't quite get is why DVD sales survive - surely they are just as accessible as music these days? OK you might not have exactly the equivalent of Spotify for movies, but it's pretty similar and it's been a while since I bought a DVD myself.


From what i observe- a lot of people still haven't made the switch to streaming and with download speeds not exactly being equal (in Australia it can be pretty horrific if you're right outside metro areas or any regional connection hub), there's plenty of people waiting for a high-speed internet system that would accommodate this.

A lot of sales I get in my store are from people upgrading to blu-ray and people who buy complete series of TV-items sick and tired of the onslaught of ads on TV.
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Goat Boy wrote:I've never downloaded a film.


That surprises me.

I download films all the time.
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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby trans-chigley express » 21 Aug 2015, 12:27

I went to an HMV in Manchester when I was visiting the UK and was surprised at the decent selection they had. I bought quite a few items.

I don't buy DVDs any more.

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Re: Last days for HMV?

Postby The Prof » 21 Aug 2015, 13:16

They're re-opening a branch in Huddersfield after closing the last one down a few years ago.