How many more companies are going tits up

#1
It seems that this year will see a lot of household names going to the wall. Already this year we have had

La Senza
Barrett's Shoes
Blacks/Millets
Sea France
HMV - Looking very shaky

So who will be next?

Personally I think

Jessops
Thomas Cook
 
#4
Italy s.p.A. (the country)
Comet = gone already
Some clothing retailers will go.
Direct Mail is making a bigger and bigger impact via private companies so Royal Mail could be in trouble, sadly although they also benefit from increased on-line sales
Would that be "Halleys" Comet or "Hale-Bopp" ?
 
#5
So the UK highstreet is going to be nothing but Fast food, 99p shops and "Nail Art" type places by the end of the year?

Sounds horrible.
 

Forastero

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#9
Some of HMV's senior types needs to seriously look at their customer demographics. I had the misfortune to bimble into one of their stores the other day and it was a nightmare from the moment I stepped over the threshold. I didn't actually have anything in mind to buy but thought I might idly browse the CDs and probably buy a couple. Unfortunately, the environment doesn't lend itself to idle browsing by a long shot. Loud (and I mean loud) grungy music, endless special offers, weird layout and rack upon rack of Batman/Ghostbusters t-shirts do not for a pleasant place make and I couldn't wait to get out of there. The store is clearly aimed at the feckless (alright, teenagers then) and yet 90% of the dozen or so people in there were in their late 30s, early 40s. No wonder they're circling the drain, it was a miserable experience.
 
#10
Amazon is my much cheaper friend with a bigger range, better service and no need to push pass the monging chavs that clutter up most shops these days.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#11
Some of HMV's senior types needs to seriously look at their customer demographics. I had the misfortune to bimble into one of their stores the other day and it was a nightmare from the moment I stepped over the threshold. .
I had the same experience a while back. That's why I now do my Bluray shopping etc online. The staff are uninterested student mongs, as are the majority of the people shopping inside. It doesn't lend itself to easy shopping. Every HMV appear to have a similar layout, and IMO it's "messy" for lack of a better word.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#13
Was it "our price" records (I can't remember what the shop was called, but something similar)? They used to have a bank of headphones in each store and a selection of new albums you could listen to. Or you could request the staff to put one in the system if you wanted a listen before you bought it.
 

Forastero

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#14
I do mine all on Amazon now as well, a shedload easier, can spend 15 mins browsing with a nice cup o tea in my sweaty mitt and usually delivered within a couple of days. Try doing that in HMV. HMV hasn't changed at all since I was a yteenager twenty years ago, same bloody t-shirts as well. When was the last time you saw someone, anyone, wearing a Ghostbusters t-shirt?
 
#15
Was it "our price" records (I can't remember what the shop was called, but something similar)? They used to have a bank of headphones in each store and a selection of new albums you could listen to. Or you could request the staff to put one in the system if you wanted a listen before you bought it.
Bang on.

I remember Our Price in Woolwich in the early 90's and never went anywhere else for music

I'm sure Virgin Records before they went pop a few years back had a similar set up?
 
#17
i shop on amazon as well but would like to go into a store and 'experience' music/talking books etc a bit more than just look at the same old albums on sale and resist HMV's efforts to 'blow me away' by making three albums slightly cheaper if i buy them all at the same time. which seems to be about the limit of their creativity.

headphones with listening stations used to be more comonplace.... but then it was as good as the shop manager...some were very good and had a variety...some had the same three albums in them week in week out. slack. few stores even have that anymore.
how about going into little sound-proof perspex pods and being played music? with screens for video etc. all moving parts kept out of vandal's reach and just a sturdy keyboard etc. listen to one type of music and have other bands suggested as similar...that kind of thing. maybe have to create a user log-in so one person cant use the service for longer than 10 mins at a time if shop is busy.
theme days/evenings in shops ...displaying certain types of music and film etc...doesnt need to cost anything more than the usual running of a store....
In my opinion, these types of music shops are doomed anyway. It is not going to be long before we use digital music/video devices exclusively, which will negate the need for CDs, DVDs etc. What is the point in having DVDs when music and films can be downloaded very quickly? They should concentrate on selling digitally rather then having premises.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#18
still very popular in most of Europe! hasnt done the porn industry any harm! I've asked to have one installed in the toilets her at work but no-one will listen...philistines.
Just go and blacknasty your laptop above one of the urinals.
 
#20
You should be able to go into a shop and do a mix and match of stuff, having heard/watched a sample of it in store, and then you then download to whatever device you happen to have or even just have it sent to your own e-mail address if your player is full or something.

The idea of having to buy complete albums is a dying trend when you can download single tracks from any number of places.

Beaten to it by Mr D. Shows what happens when work gets in the way of Arrseing about.
 

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