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  • Whizzo 17 Jan 2013 11:30:19 43,088 posts
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    Mothercare

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  • DaM 17 Jan 2013 12:59:34 12,990 posts
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    Thomas Cook. Another business model hammered by the internet. I don't think the big travel agents have quite got the net yet.
  • TVoJ 17 Jan 2013 13:13:16 1,858 posts
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    tincanrocket wrote:
    And the winner is..... Blockbuster, apparently. I thought they'd already gone out of business, to be honest
    Get in! What do I win?
  • nickthegun 17 Jan 2013 13:17:20 59,429 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Thomas Cook. Another business model hammered by the internet. I don't think the big travel agents have quite got the net yet.
    Travel is one of the few things I wont do online. I like to go into somewhere and say 'I want to go here please' and them make it happen.

    Its just too much fuckarsing around otherwise.

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  • Trowel 17 Jan 2013 13:17:47 17,595 posts
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    TVoJ wrote:
    tincanrocket wrote:
    And the winner is..... Blockbuster, apparently. I thought they'd already gone out of business, to be honest
    Get in! What do I win?
    Yesterday's newspaper.
  • Whizzo 17 Jan 2013 13:18:45 43,088 posts
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    TVoJ wrote:
    tincanrocket wrote:
    And the winner is..... Blockbuster, apparently. I thought they'd already gone out of business, to be honest
    Get in! What do I win?
    Your entry wasn't a meta gag then? Blockbusters going down was announced yesterday afternoon.

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  • Moot_Point 17 Jan 2013 13:19:42 3,982 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    TVoJ wrote:
    tincanrocket wrote:
    And the winner is..... Blockbuster, apparently. I thought they'd already gone out of business, to be honest
    Get in! What do I win?
    Yesterday's newspaper.
    Indeed. OLD!

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  • Trowel 17 Jan 2013 13:20:19 17,595 posts
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    Clinton Cards.

    It's not going to be too long before realisation dawns over the populace that they're being charged the best part of a fiver for a piece of folded cardboard.

    Although why it hasn't dawned on them yet is beyond me.
    Already been into administration in the last year or so, think they'll be alright for a while - the Clinton near us had a massive face lift not too long ago.
  • Dirtbox 17 Jan 2013 13:20:32 77,686 posts
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    It's got to be WH Smiths now. They can't even afford to light their stores properly any more.

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  • Whizzo 17 Jan 2013 13:23:13 43,088 posts
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    Trowel wrote:Already been into administration in the last year or so, think they'll be alright for a while - the Clinton near us had a massive face lift not too long ago.
    Quite surprised when I went shopping for Christmas cards, they actually had some decently priced ones for a change!

    I still bought most of them in Card Warehouse though, they're seriously cheap for stuff that's going to end up in the recycling a couple of weeks later.

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  • L_Franko Moderator 17 Jan 2013 13:26:05 9,694 posts
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    What about Waterstones, how are they doing at the moment?
  • PearOfAnguish 17 Jan 2013 13:32:16 7,202 posts
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    They're being bankrolled by a Russian billionaire, so they're doing fine until he gets fed up with it.
  • D_arkTrooper 17 Jan 2013 13:36:38 1,311 posts
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    Boots.

    What exactly is the point of their continued existence? They don't sell ANYTHING that can't be bought cheaper elsewhere.

    My prediction anyway.

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  • THFourteen 17 Jan 2013 13:37:05 33,175 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    It's got to be WH Smiths now. They can't even afford to light their stores properly any more.
    I thought of that, but the Smiths in train stations and airports are always busy.

    I don't reckon they'd lose all their shops...
  • TheSaint 17 Jan 2013 13:43:35 14,298 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    DaM wrote:
    Thomas Cook. Another business model hammered by the internet. I don't think the big travel agents have quite got the net yet.
    Travel is one of the few things I wont do online. I like to go into somewhere and say 'I want to go here please' and them make it happen.

    Its just too much fuckarsing around otherwise.
    I spend ages planning holidays online. Reading hotel reviews, planning routes and booking flights. It's become half the fun.

    Edited by TheSaint at 13:50:41 17-01-2013
  • Waffleaber 17 Jan 2013 13:51:36 394 posts
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    @D_arkTrooper

    Fuck that. Boots along with HMV have been responsible for 85% of all my yearly birthday/christmas gifts. I'd be completely lost for gifts for not especially beloved relatives if they both go down.
  • nickthegun 17 Jan 2013 13:53:46 59,429 posts
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    iTunes vouchers are the new boots voucher

    waaah fuck apple! waah fuck itunes!

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  • Mr-Brett 17 Jan 2013 14:03:53 12,763 posts
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    Or Amazon voucher.

    Waaaah something or other probably

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  • disusedgenius 17 Jan 2013 14:04:37 5,278 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    It's got to be WH Smiths now. They can't even afford to light their stores properly any more.
    Aren't a lot of their stores subsidised by having a Post Office in them? Might mean they can cling on for a bit.
  • Mr-Brett 17 Jan 2013 14:06:38 12,763 posts
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    There are two Waterstones in my local town and both have Costas in them. True story.

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  • Lexx87 17 Jan 2013 15:37:22 20,869 posts
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    Don't like all of them these days.

    /he says living in central London

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    Speak the truth hussy!

  • kinky_mong 17 Jan 2013 15:44:01 10,133 posts
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    Whizzo wrote:
    Trowel wrote:Already been into administration in the last year or so, think they'll be alright for a while - the Clinton near us had a massive face lift not too long ago.
    Quite surprised when I went shopping for Christmas cards, they actually had some decently priced ones for a change!

    I still bought most of them in Card Warehouse though, they're seriously cheap for stuff that's going to end up in the recycling a couple of weeks later.
    I thought Clinton Cards had already gone, the one on Oxford Street disappeared last year which was a pain as they were actually reasonably priced (well as reasonable as it can be paying over 2.50 for an A5 piece of card with a crap joke on the front).

    And on that note I hope Cards Galore go next, piss poor selection at a stupidly high price yet they seem to be everywhere.

    I'll never get my Orc looking the same again.

  • kalel 17 Jan 2013 15:47:55 86,955 posts
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    D_arkTrooper wrote:
    Boots.

    What exactly is the point of their continued existence? They don't sell ANYTHING that can't be bought cheaper elsewhere.

    My prediction anyway.
    Boots are doing really well. They're very agile and adjust quickly, so even things like photography development collapsing (which was a huge thing for them) has been shrugged off because they saw it coming.

    Bottom line they are a pharmacy, and so still provide an essential service, but they supplement that with very clever targeting and marketing, particularly with things like good quality but cheap own-brand make-up.

    They're not going anywhere.

    As for who is next, Thorntons are well known to be on borrowed time.
  • Chopsen 17 Jan 2013 15:51:12 15,859 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    nickthegun wrote:
    DaM wrote:
    Thomas Cook. Another business model hammered by the internet. I don't think the big travel agents have quite got the net yet.
    Travel is one of the few things I wont do online. I like to go into somewhere and say 'I want to go here please' and them make it happen.

    Its just too much fuckarsing around otherwise.
    I spend ages planning holidays online. Reading hotel reviews, planning routes and booking flights. It's become half the fun.
    True story: I have only ever booked holidays online. I am in my late 30s.
  • kickerconspiracy 17 Jan 2013 15:59:20 495 posts
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    Journey's Friend if they haven't already gone under.
    Who are they?

    Haven't seen them anywhere.
    They're a really shitty newsagent.

    The only one I've seen in years is at Leeds train station.
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    Thought Thorntons had already gone. Shut all their stores in Edinburgh. But I thought the same about Blockbusters tbf/.
  • DaM 17 Jan 2013 16:03:33 12,990 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    DaM wrote:
    Thomas Cook. Another business model hammered by the internet. I don't think the big travel agents have quite got the net yet.
    Travel is one of the few things I wont do online. I like to go into somewhere and say 'I want to go here please' and them make it happen.

    Its just too much fuckarsing around otherwise.
    And some people still buy CDs in HMV. Or they did :)
  • Deckard1 17 Jan 2013 16:03:43 27,695 posts
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    They shut because you ate all the chocolate mowgli.

    Hush you ponce

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    Didn't stand a chance with their free samples and my bag full of fake moustaches.
  • DrStrangelove 17 Jan 2013 18:35:54 3,700 posts
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    England.
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