I've enjoyed shopping in my local HMV. I liked the atmosphere and there was something about just flicking through the selections and walking out with some music in a small hmv bag. When they got rid of the listening stations things for me started to take a down turn.
However, I have to admit that since having spotify premium my music purchases have decimated so I guess I am partly responsible too.
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I've been a faithful supporter of our local HMV for years, and I also shop using Amazon.
However, recently, I have been browsing in HMV on several occasions and bought nothing. Rolling Stones "Grrr" audio Blu-ray was £18.99. On Amazon it was £11.99 - so forget the VAT argument, that's more than 20% difference.
And their blu-ray new releases are always more than 20% more than Amazon & Co.
HMV simply lost their "raison d'etre" and then their will to live. They didn't adapt to changing times, and so Darwin is right again.
A sign of their imminent demise was an email last week suggesting that I should cash in my HMV loyalty points as they may soon expire - how true! I had close to 100,000 points (I did say that I was a faithful supporter)The only thing worth getting was a 12month subscription to a music magazine - I wonder if they'll actually honour it.
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So I now only have in London the independent places in Soho ,and Fopp and Rough Trade left to browse on a saturday afternoon.
Fopp was bought by HMV around 5 years ago so it may be on it's way out too.
If the stores close down Glasgow will be limited to a couple of independants and a few second hand stores. It's a sad day when a city of circa 600k people and a metropolitan area of over double that can't sustain one large music store.
Well for London the so called centre of the world for music, it is a sad state of affiar. When i was last in paris 2 years ago they had quite a few shops still seling music.
I've just watched channel five news & they bought a dvd & cd of the dark night rises in HMV, the dvd was the same as on amazon but the cd was a lot cheaper on amazon.
I have just compared the blu-ray version of the dark night rises on both HMV & amazon & i found HMV to be quite a bit dearer, amazon are charging £16 whilest HMV are charging £20, i know where i would rather shop.
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I've just heard on the news that some or part of the business will be saved as some stores are still profitable, i thought it may have gone the same way as jessops.
Is it me or has HMV's website gone off line. ???
Just a notice from the Administraters is all you get online.
I see it now, i couldn't before.
Unfortunately this is symptomatic of our desire for short term gain without looking at the bigger picture and were all, including myself as guilty as each other. Once all the high street retailers have ceased to trade and we have no option but to buy online watch the online prices increase as they all have us over the proverbial barrel. Think back to the rise of supermarket petrol - the large difference in prices between them and mainstream retailers attracted our money in droves putting out of business many well know branches of petrol stations and independent retailers. 5 closed in my town leaving us with Tesco (yet the numbers of cars on the road has increased) but look at the price of petrol between the supermarkets and BP Esso etc now, barely a penny between them (and thats not due to the mainstream bringing their prices down). I'm afraid the same will happen to our online purchases.
I for one think it will be a very sad day when we cant go and flick through cds and dvds in our town centres, something which has always tempered a day being dragged round the shops with the misses!
On an optimistic note things may go full circle.
High streets become empty through stores closing, rents will drop, councils will offer incentives for people to set up businesses.
HMV, although running at a loss still had sales of circ £250 million last quarter Jessops also had a high turnover. There is no one there to step in and take this business other than online companies.
Perhaps these recent closures will see a resurgence in the small independant. I only have a choice of two small independant record shops in my city centre and one specialist camera store. A lot of people stilll want to browse through a record shop or play with a camera before buying it. Even if it is a little more expensive.Surely these stores will benefit from these closures.
IMO the only one who really stands a chance is the smaller independants as buying from HMV or Jessops (OK maybe not so much Jessops) is pretty much the same as buying from a faceless online company except more expensive. Enthusiasts in the field enjoy chatting with the staff at the store, listenign to their opinions etc. The small businessman also has a better chance of stopping operating costs spiralling out of control.
I notice Newsnight considers CDs and DVDs to be analogue...
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