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  • YoshiMcTaggis 14 Jan 2013 22:24:22 2,452 posts
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    They were shit, they are shit, goodbye shit shops
  • Deleted user 14 January 2013 22:25:05
    I hope not, I shop all the time in hmv, great store.
  • GuiltySpark 14 Jan 2013 22:25:15 6,281 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    Never touched any of it but it is how a game shop should be run.
    And now they're closing down, I hope you're happy.

    Get bent.

  • convercide 14 Jan 2013 22:49:30 5,757 posts
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    Well that's me out of a job. SIGH.

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  • Rusty_M 14 Jan 2013 22:51:25 4,352 posts
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    It's a real shame. Like Mowgli said, the one in the centre of Edinburgh has been great for a few years. It's a shame about the prices, but it was a good shop. You could frequently get music for decent prices though.

    It's the only place I know of which still has pinball tables around here.

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  • arials101 14 Jan 2013 23:10:40 833 posts
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    Over the past few years when I've gone into HMV with the intention of looking at metal CDs the choice was even more eroded than the previous time I went. The first time I learnt that my local HMV had started stocking (at various times over the past few years) "Pop Culture" tshirts/vinyl records/crappy books/Headphones/ipod speakers was when I would walk into the place having not been there in a while and see the new displays, all I would think was there were even less CDs than before. And then the CD section itself was incredibly limited (having been about twice the size a few years back) with the only slightly niche titles they had tending to be priced in the 15-20 area (!), although once I saw a rare Opeth CD there for 17 thought better of it then went home and saw it was going for 42 on Amazon. It became the type of shop you could walk into wanting to find an interesting CD to spend a tenner on where you would end up walking away disappointed

    Long story short a shop which used to sell music with a bit of DVD and games on the side completely lost it's brand position without getting a new one while still charging the sort of high prices a specialist shop might have been able to get away with before the internet.

    My local HMV is/was five minutes walk from a really good independent record shop which has been receiving much more of my money recently, it stocks mostly vinyl but is more fairly priced (usually cheaper than buying 12" records on the internet) and has a much more interesting selection, although still sod all metal CDs.
  • Syrette 14 Jan 2013 23:12:51 41,889 posts
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    Terrible news.

  • PrivateFloyd 14 Jan 2013 23:15:55 4,007 posts
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    Where has the EG article gone off the front page?

    Was there like 5 minutes ago, unless Im imagining it!

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  • santashi 14 Jan 2013 23:16:32 4,937 posts
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    I like browsing in HMV and it can have decent prices on music and DVDs. Bought quite a few films in there before Christmas and have a number of preorders on their website (that undercut Amazon's prices). I'll be sad if it does actually go.

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  • mikew1985 14 Jan 2013 23:23:20 12,086 posts
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    Best place in Ireland for games, usually 10e or more cheaper than the likes of GameStop.

    Shit news. What's going to happen is it will stay open in some capacity in the UK but all the poor Irish staff will be completely fucked over too. Depressing.

    Also its now just GameStop and smyths as the only viable options for buying a game. Ugggh.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 23:24:21 14-01-2013
  • DFawkes 14 Jan 2013 23:23:24 22,068 posts
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    PrivateFloyd wrote:
    Where has the EG article gone off the front page?

    Was there like 5 minutes ago, unless Im imagining it!
    What? You're mental, there was no article. There was really, a few people here even commented on it. Seems strange to take it down so fast, can't see anyone asking them to take down at this ungodly hour. Must've reconsidered and chosen to post when it's official.

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  • the_dudefather 14 Jan 2013 23:24:14 8,979 posts
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    Local HMV has Pinball machines, cycled through them every so often which was pretty cool

    Aside from some Judge Dredd collections, that's the only thing I spent money on in there for a while really

    (ง ͠ ͟ʖ ͡)

  • Fozzie_bear 14 Jan 2013 23:24:39 15,314 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    It's a genuine shame as ime it offered the customer experience of a good small indie shop with better prices and a better selection. Just a shame its prices stood no chance against internet shopping. One on Princes Street offered the best gamer shopping experience bar none. Opportunity to play all games, pinball machines etc.
    That sounds bloody great! How could such a business ever fail?

    Never touched any of it but it is how a game shop should be run.
    Oh.

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  • Deleted user 14 January 2013 23:29:03
    Feel bad for all the people that are losing their jobs.

    Hadn't bought anything from HMV in years, until last week.

    Pity.
  • caligari 14 Jan 2013 23:33:07 16,832 posts
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    I feel sorry for the guys losing their jobs - but I don't think I've ever actually purchased anything from their noisy, over-crowded, over-priced, shit-dens for years.

    They were only too happy to screw over the smaller music stores (I've possibly just made that up for dramatic effect) - hopefully their demise will see business return to the indies.

    The circle of life, innit?

    Edited by caligari at 23:35:42 14-01-2013
  • Deleted user 14 January 2013 23:33:13
    Fozzie_bear wrote:
    mowgli wrote:
    It's a genuine shame as ime it offered the customer experience of a good small indie shop with better prices and a better selection. Just a shame its prices stood no chance against internet shopping. One on Princes Street offered the best gamer shopping experience bar none. Opportunity to play all games, pinball machines etc.
    That sounds bloody great! How could such a business ever fail?

    Never touched any of it but it is how a game shop should be run.
    Oh.
    Just oh be clear, I never touched the pinball tables or going stations, these things are or more enthusiastic gamers than me, I did buy games from them though.
  • caligari 14 Jan 2013 23:35:02 16,832 posts
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    mowgli wrote:

    Just oh be clear, I never touched the pinball tables or going stations, these things are or more enthusiastic gamers than me, I did buy games from them though.
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  • shamblemonkee 14 Jan 2013 23:42:01 14,041 posts
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    what's all this stuff about pinball tables and a 'indie shopping experience'?

    Your HMVs must be from a different planet ot the ones here in the south west - where they have a 1/3rd of the shop turned over to ipads, overpriced headphones and novelty phone accessories with over priced dvds and blurays in one corner, chart albums in the other and over priced games at the back with a few of non-chart CDs hidden away in the furthest corner of the store.

    its a shame another place has hit the wall but they really really didnt help themselves.

    with supermarkets getting in on media HMV basically put the final nails in their coffin by also only really stocking chart and having such inflated prices on even that.

    Edited by shamblemonkee at 23:44:55 14-01-2013

    Edited by shamblemonkee at 23:45:58 14-01-2013
  • Dirtbox 14 Jan 2013 23:53:16 76,341 posts
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    Always shit when itunes claims a highstreet stalwart.

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  • DFawkes 15 Jan 2013 01:16:31 22,068 posts
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    It's properly official now. Damn :( I did love shopping at my local one, it was the only shop that did more obscure games on release day without pre-order. GAME were awful for that.

    Edited by DFawkes at 01:18:03 15-01-2013

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  • Trafford 15 Jan 2013 01:18:10 5,270 posts
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    25 pound for the White Album!?! Do me a favour.
    OMG pricing and banal selection. Only good for last minute punts on xmas eve.

    I wonder what will happen to Nipper?
  • neilka 15 Jan 2013 01:31:10 14,942 posts
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    Nipper's already been taken out the back and shot I'm afraid.

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  • Deleted user 15 January 2013 01:35:20
    I think hmv was well priced. Sure amazon will always do retailers there but vs other high street. Better customer service, imported music, strange books, some exclusive tech stuff.
  • Deleted user 15 January 2013 01:59:06
    mikew1985 wrote:
    Best place in Ireland for games, usually 10e or more cheaper than the likes of GameStop.

    Shit news. What's going to happen is it will stay open in some capacity in the UK but all the poor Irish staff will be completely fucked over too. Depressing.

    Also its now just GameStop and smyths as the only viable options for buying a game. Ugggh.
    Yeah, I have 30 or so quid left on a gift card that I might try and use tomorrow because the Irish stores will close rather quickly. I knew something was up last week when I was in there and it was obvious that they hadn't restocked games since well before Christmas.

    They were the best place for games in Ireland for the past few years and actually gave decent trade in value. I'll be sad to see them go because all it really leaves near me is GameStop and their 60 new releases and 50 preowned copies of two year old games.
  • Deleted user 15 January 2013 06:43:37
    Deserved really, they've been shit for years. Although I do remember when it was an awesome place to shop for music and videos, but that was long ago.
  • Trowel 15 Jan 2013 06:47:51 16,860 posts
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    Not sure what I'm going to do now when I need another Cary Grant boxset or some overpriced headphones.
  • jonsaan 15 Jan 2013 07:48:54 25,254 posts
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    Why is at that when these dinosaurs go down, the 'sales' are so unbelievably shit.

    FCUTA!

  • Deleted user 15 January 2013 07:59:35
    Can't believe all these retarded comments about they glad it is going down. On every level it is just such a dumb view.
    All the jobs, the knock on effect to high streets, the fact in smaller towns hmv was the last dedicated entertainment retailer.
    We are just going to be left with supermarkets only selling the charts with no specialist stock.
    Always like going in browsing and finding stuff you never knew about.
    Even if I never used the stores it is still only a negative that it is in administration.
  • PazJohnMitch 15 Jan 2013 08:09:37 7,276 posts
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    I have spent loads of cash in the Heathrow HMV. (Vita, 3DS and Monster Headphones). I will miss that shop and its VAT free electronics. (Cheaper than online).
  • Trowel 15 Jan 2013 08:16:54 16,860 posts
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    Pepsipop wrote:
    Even if I never used the stores it is still only a negative that it is in administration.
    A failing and aging business model who seemed to think they were selling giffen goods being pushed out of the market by competitively priced emerging companies? It's sad for the employees, arguably not great for the image of the high street, but pretty good news for, y'know, everyone else.
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