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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:12:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 21:14:11 GMT
Leftin says:
Thanks, I didn't know they had a shop in Bristol. Will have to visit. Am still getting used to the closure of the CD shop in Keynsham...

Hi to S.C.

PS Seems quite a few of us live within a 50-mile area of the west / south-west.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:14:54 GMT
Derek W. says:
Leftin - try not to spend too much:-)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:32:52 GMT
Leftin says:
Cheers! Will write a tiny list, then stick to it. :)

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 21:34:56 GMT
paulfmuldoon says:
The last time I was in a HMV store they did not have what I wanted, the staff had never heard of the band (and didn't care), the in store music was crap, and the store was freezing cold. Plus, I always found HMV stores very dark and clinical, and generally not very welcoming.

If that is anything like the experience in other HMV stores, I am not at all surprised they are in trouble.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 22:27:55 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Really, a whole store full of music and it's all crap?!!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 22:40:06 GMT
I think he may have been referring to what was coming over the PA

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 23:47:03 GMT
mister joe says:
Why would someone compare a discussion to pantomime or voting ballots?The bloke who wrote the post fully explained a reason to not have it.And who is ANYONE to comment on a relevance?I like real people who have real discussions that ebb,flow...not like a bunch of cyborgs.In fact in my opinion people that get the negs are 9 times out of 10 are saying the most interesting things.
Keep onnegging,see you next tuesday.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 00:21:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 00:24:40 GMT
To be fair to the Ballymena branch, they are always on the ball and are most helpful.

The worst instore music I have heard to date was in the splendidly priced and stocked Head in Belfast. They play stuff like Black Country Communion at ear bursting volume.......................aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Glen Hughes screeching through substandard speakers made me feel so ill I had to leave, and in foul form. He was actually good in concert, so I don't know what they do to it in there.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 00:37:03 GMT
Last time I went to HMV for a browse I hated it! Artists who I knew had loads of albums released only were represented by a 'classic' title from their back catalogue and a 'Best of'. Also,I spotted the CD album 'Atlantic Crossing" by Rod Stewart for sale at 15 only a couple of months after it had been given away with one of the weekend newspapers! 15 - I'd expect a box set for that!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 09:18:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 09:20:00 GMT
Tikka says:
Atlantic Crossing is now three quid in my local HMV. Strangely, I'm still not tempted.

Have picked up a few 'blue cross' bargains lately - Angelwitch, Sab's Heaven and Hell, DP's Burn, and I'm eyeing all the Beatles remasters which have finally come down in price a bit.

Because I was a bit slow off the mark in buying them when they came out in November/December, I managed to get Green Day's Dos and Tre for 5 each.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 09:32:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 09:34:26 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Morning Leftin. I used to go there quite a bit though preferred Fopp/Rise which caters more for my taste having better funk and electronica sections. I occasionally return to Chelt to make sure the tenants have'nt turned the house into a crack den. I see Badlands is still going strong but that Rise has turned half the floorspace over to vintage clothing. The manager says the only bods wot buy CDs are codgers of 40+ and that ain't gonna keep them off the soshe.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 10:05:56 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Do you have a website, John? I'm always willing to give indie shops a chance.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 17:06:59 GMT
Kunikos says:
I've bought from Badlands before, mail order. Like Spin CDs and Steel Wheels in Newcastle, they're all independent and staffed by people who care about music and their customers.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 18:02:46 GMT
when will the blue cross go from 25% to 50% off ?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 18:11:35 GMT
Johnny Bee says:
Never. And even if it did, a lot of stuff would still be over-priced.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 21:34:05 GMT
FDJ says:
Fives in Leigh-on -Sea,Essex is the way a record shop should be run,the staff are helpful and knowledgable,if they don't have the item you are looking for they will bend over backwards to try to hunt it down for you ,there is non of that" can i help you" b*^locks that so annoys me when your browsing.In fact they are all the things HMV in Oxford st. used to be!

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 07:46:46 GMT
Staff in the Oxford Street HMV put a Dory Previn CD in Heavy Metal. What does that tell you? Personally, I got sick of HMV's prices and their attitude to anything that isn't 'Chart', TV promo, Film tie-in etc. Buying online and going to record fairs seems the way to go.

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 09:50:47 GMT
the meister says:
Problem was they tried to be the jack of all trades and were the kings of none,should have stuck to music given wider choice .

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 11:40:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2013 11:43:19 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
The reason many small local independent record shops work is because they are exactly that. I hope whoever takes over HMV ditches the corporate global schtick and treats each individual store on it's own merits and needs. I'd link up with a local tea/coffee shop encourage them to open a small concession in-store so people could hang out and listen to music. Small but well researched CD sections with all major genres represented with the promise of ordered music made available within 48 hours or mailed directly. Plenty of old style listening booths and a second hand record exchange. Facilities to download music and film directly to phones, tablets or onto disc all at a high bit-rates. A dedicated vinyl section and I would only stock books and t-shirts that related to music. I'd have a sign-up system that would give customers discounts for picking up online orders in store. I'd encourage local and touring bands to play in-store.
Most importantly I would raise the game by only employing enthusiastic staff of different ages and entice the best by paying them above average wages and offering them shares, the same system Peter Jones stores use. Finally I would give each stores management the freedom to tailor the store to suit it's customer base. It would be
exciting to visit different stores to soak up the differences rather than facing the same cheap, sterile, corporate atmosphere across the country.

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 11:51:19 GMT
Clem Feeney says:
Having a wide range of products, competitive prices and a Starbucks in every store didn't save Borders from closing. HMV - or any specialist high street retailer - simply can't compete with the online marketplace - especially when the online companies are aggessively avoiding tax.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 12:31:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2013 12:31:52 GMT
paulfmuldoon says:
@M. C. Williams
I have heard that the 3 major labels are thinking about buying out HMV (or at least part of it) so chances are it won't lose the corporate schtick. If anything, it would get worse.

I agree with your ideas for improving the business. Make the stores more friendly, maybe have a seating area where you can hang out, listen to music, chat to like minded people, even have a cup of coffee. Your suggestion of having local bands play in store and sign merchandise is, quite frankly genius.

See people, it is not just about making everything cheaper. It is about making the shopping experience as pleasant and entertaining as possible.

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 12:39:15 GMT
Dan Fante says:
They used to have signings and the occasional PA in places like HMV. Not sure if that continued until recently as it's a long time since I would've queue to get an album signed.

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 12:54:02 GMT
Syriat says:
Hilco have taken control of HMV. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21141209
Looks like this might allow for some better discounting if they can agree credit terms.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 13:07:50 GMT
David Frisby says:
I think let sleeping dogs lie. Stop waffling on about large companies avoiding tax. They are only using systems that are put in place by the blood sucking expence fiddling goverment. Hats off to companies like Amazon, Starbucks and all the others that provide a service where we are not ripped off. We should have equivalent Energy and fuel providing services that put companies like Shell,BP and all the other rip off merchants out of business
wake up and smell the coffee. It time to move on.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 13:11:27 GMT
Have Starbucks changed then? I only ever went in once, many, many many years ago. I made no purchse and never went back precisely because they were ripping you off
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