Play.com - uk's biggest online seller of DVDs, according to this story - has changed hands, ahead of loophole change:
Group Marketing & PR Manager - Computers Unlimited;
Former Group Editor of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision and Whathifi.com
So, that price is a good indication of the anticipated impact of the closing of the loophole. Does this signal the rebirth of HMV and the high street store? Or the death of physical media? Bye-bye CDs.....
HiFi / A/V / Bedroom
Sad news this as I bought a number of items from them
''and its success has contributed to the problems of specialist retailers such as HMV'' ...
I think HMV actually did this to themselves what with their silly, silly prices for many items. You could walk in and buy a cracking DVD for a few pounds and the lesser known titles or non-blockbusters (many of which I have got from elsewhere) costs loads more.
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So far :)
They may have been successful with DVD's, but they're pretty naff with CD's. I placed an order for specific CD's on three occasions, and they were on order from anything between 7 months and 19 months. Admittedly, it was hard to get hold of CD's, but they were advertising them.
I don't think this will affect HMV in the slightest. They'll still disappear within a year or two. There's more to running a successful business than sticking products on the shelves and asking top whack for them.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
I agree HMV are doomed. Interestingly, I went in last week for the first time in 18 months or two years (how time flies) and I noticed (i) it was really empty when town was heaving, (ii) they had 'diversified' into bizarre areas, such as mars bars and crisps at point of sale, and (iii) unlike last time I was there, there were some great deals: picked up 4 CDs, including a double album, for £20 (with a huge selection of 2 for £10, incl current releases) and the Alien Anthology blu ray for £17 (£1 less than it's ever been on Amazon).
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