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Re: HMV going into administration

Postby robertff » 30 Dec 2018, 14:31

Went to the Canterbury HMV this morning, quite a lot of products on sale. Bought four vinyl albums, two of them doubles, for £50 - can't be bad, considering the usual price of vinyl.

Asked one of the assistants if they knew what was happening regarding their future, apparently there is some interest in buying out HMV but at the right price. Could just be hearsay but who knows, it'll be a shame if it goes, I do like browsing.



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Re: HMV going into administration

Postby Diamond Dog » 30 Dec 2018, 16:41

Graham Murakami wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:
Graham Murakami wrote:There is nothing to buy. I am an adult and don't want toys. I have Tidal, so CDs have no interest. I have a kindle and am an adult, so their books have no interest for me. There is an independent record shop in my city, like something out of a film, so I have no interest in the HMV's vinyl selection.


Why would you go in there at all? .


You are right, but I did used to spend lots of money there and even more online, so a few things drag me back...

Habit. Hoping it will be different. Nostalgia for the high street. Missing the satisfaction of going home from the shops with a bag of something. To check that the daft Felt 7" boxes haven't come down in price.


No I get that. The draw of flicking through racks is still very strong!
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Re: HMV going into administration

Postby Graham Murakami » 30 Dec 2018, 21:20

caramba wrote:Was amazed to find the HMV in Reading Oracle still open when I got back to the UK just before Xmas - even if the queues were much, much shorter than in previous years. Must have made about £100 of impulse CD and DVD purchases across my two visits to the store but I guess there's just not enough of us physical product fans left for them to be able to sustain their business.

About 10 years ago, Reading had 2 x HMV stores, FOPP, Virgin, Our Price and one very good specialist shop. WIth the exception of the specialist shop, every one of them has now gone.

It was sad to see that almost every major chain with a shop in the city centre was having some sort of sale - ended up buying two pairs of lovely Clarks shoes for less than £70. Hard to see shops like this surviving for much longer when they have to offer up tp 60% off the last Saturday before Xmas. Soon, it'll be just the supermarkets (some of which already act as mini-malls and offer clothes, pharmaceuticals, glasses, books and haircuts), and one would imagine Amazon if they move - and they surely will - into areas like groceries.


Which is the specialist shop? It always shocks me that there is no vinyl shop that I know of in Reading other than HMV and the secondhand shop where traders used to be,

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Re: HMV going into administration

Postby caramba » 31 Dec 2018, 10:16

Graham Murakami wrote:
Which is the specialist shop? It always shocks me that there is no vinyl shop that I know of in Reading other than HMV and the secondhand shop where traders used to be,



Specialist is probably overstating it on my part! Sorry about that.

It's the small shop that mainly sells vinyl out of the arcade on Friar Street (?) at the back of M&S

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Re: HMV going into administration

Postby backwards7 » 31 Dec 2018, 11:51

When you walk into the HMV on Oxford Street one of the first things you are confronted with is a wall of Funko Pop! dolls. I have never seen anyone buy one, or even browse the selection. It's bizarre and it makes me wonder whether a deal was struck to prominently display this future landfill. I hope they are making a profit off this tat because pushing a novelty product to the fore, at the expense of HMV's core product belittles the brand.

I am not a fan of the flagship store. It's tidier than it used to be, however, with the exception of the odd staff member, the place seems mired in ennui. Twice when I have visited, there have been meet and greets underway, where the queue has blocked-off the rock and pop section, meaning that anyone who, heaven forbid, wanted to purchase a CD would be unable to do so. The first time around I asked a member of staff whether the queue would be clearing anytime soon. He replied "not for a while" and left it at that.

The last time I purchased music at this branch of HMV was in September of this year. There was one person on the tills and a small queue building up, while three other staff members loitered by the escalator, idly chatting. When face-to-face customer service is the one of the few advantages you have over internet giants like Amazon, you had better be good at it.

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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 31 Dec 2018, 16:07

backwards7 wrote:The last time I purchased music at this branch of HMV was in September of this year. There was one person on the tills and a small queue building up, while three other staff members loitered by the escalator, idly chatting. When face-to-face customer service is the one of the few advantages you have over internet giants like Amazon, you had better be good at it.



The last two times I was in there the staff was very helpful.
I bought a 2cd compilation of (the original) Nirvana only to find out it had cd 1 twice. Went back the next day and they took out the 3 remaining boxes out of the racks and opened them. Only to find out they had the same fault. Then they got me another (correct one) from the stock. I'd say that was customer service.
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