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How would you fix HMV ?


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Posted on 15 Jan 2013 23:58:57 GMT
S. R. Tulip says:
There are 2 reasons I stopped buying ( much ) from HMV: I know you like to pretend the high street didn't cater for your obscure tastes in Beatles, Dylot etc. but the fact is they couldn't get me all the Sun Ra, Swamp Dogg and Henry Cow I wanted. Also the service was lousy and I've been telling them for about 5 years, if they didn't get their act together, they'd close.
I prefer buying from a shop, not least cos you take it home with you, and don't even mind paying a little bit more.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 23:26:53 GMT
Lez Lee says:
It's not a trick Anne. Unfortunately it's the law.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 23:25:23 GMT
Big Annie says:
i bet anyone who got a gift voucher for them as a xmas gift wont want them saved. refusing to let people spend their vouchers is a lousy trick. wish i had got an amazon voucher instead

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 23:21:23 GMT
Big Annie says:
good for your old mum, well done and may she keep on enjoying all sorts of music !

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 23:19:29 GMT
Clive Allsop says:
Simple, Just link all the prices so they are the same as Amazon. This is the only reason people shop online and not on the high street. PRICES.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 23:08:50 GMT
They can't compete on price with companies who don't have physical shops paying rent, staff (and HMRC). Soon it'll only be the big 4 Supermarkets on high streets around the land selling chart guff, cheap Chinese clothes and every other kind of product that used to be sold in specialist shops, and we will only have ourselves to blame. Pure laziness to actually go out and walk round physical shops. Perhaps people only want to drink Starbucks Mochafrappachinos and browse amzn on their smart phones

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 23:02:10 GMT
CHEEZE says:
Well i won't be going to the fire sales. It will be mayhem, & even if they offer 50% off, it will still probably be cheaper here.

Maybe some independents will start up to fill the gap in the market? :-)

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 22:54:11 GMT
bill g. says:
Where were all the bargains in HMV? The only cheap cds I saw were ones I had bought long ago elswhere! I was in the Kirkcaldy branch on Saturday and a lot of the new stuff was on sale for £15 an album (apart from chart cds), so it doesn,t surprise me they,re going out of business.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 22:42:28 GMT
Yes MC Williams - could it work ? like Music Grouops as the new Book groups...

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 22:41:32 GMT
good stuff Butler - I agree with you...but I buy here as well as at HMV...loss of HMV will be sad...

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Posted on 15 Jan 2013 22:21:01 GMT
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MC Zaptone says:
I think Amazon should buy the three biggest stores and use them as an order pick up centre, with CDs, books Kindles etc for browsing and selling. They could bring over and install a proper Kansas style BBQ smokehouse restaurant and bar room in each and have a stage for artists to showcase their music. They would then be able to show a little goodwill by employing staff and giving a bit back for all the tax avoidance. I'm sure it would prove a success as 'destination' shopping is about the only form of retail that seems to work these days.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 21:56:05 GMT
It's not savable coz youngsters prefer downloads rather than an actual artifact.

I have happy memories of going to London just to visit HMVs. It was great flipping through all those wonderful record sleeves.

Progress meant vinyl to CDs to mp3 downloads. As a result, 4500 lose their jobs and the high street has more space for another few Starbucks.

I miss the 70's.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 21:53:11 GMT
M. Adams says:
I wouldn't fix it, I agree with KO 73 basically. HMV didn't provide a decent specialist service when it came to music, did not employ knowledgeable staff,' carry large stock or compete on price. Of course I feel sorry for the people who will lose their jobs, but that doesn't make HMV a decent shop or a loss to the High Street; think what you like about Amazon, but the fact is that you can find pretty much what music you like, listen to snippets of a fair bit of it and pay a competitive price.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 21:32:00 GMT
What cautionary warning should it tell?
Beware of tax dodging margin cutting US corporate giants who offer zero 'face to face' customer service?
I've seen a lot of snidey comments about the demise of HMV, all centered around their pricing strategy.
Consumers today are obsessed with lowest price at ANY cost. We have all seen the dirt on these forums directed at certain amazon marketplace sellers who go out of there way to undercut everyone...and people will change loyalties to save a few pence.
4000 people may lose their jobs. High Street jobs, where you actually have to look at people in the eye when you speak to them. Maybe they will be re-employed in some battery farm call centre set-up. Oh what a joy.
My old Mum, in her eighties, a life long lover of music, would wander into HMV. If she liked what they were playing in the shop, she would ask what it was and buy it. She would take home CDs by the arctic monkeys , led zepp, the damned alongside the doris day cd she went in to buy. No places like that left in the average sized British town.
'The times they are a changin'
Sad.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 20:07:16 GMT
I think they should preserve at least one HMV shop and just leave it as it is once the staff have gone. Hopefully it will serve as a museum piece silently telling its own cautionary tale as a warning to others.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 19:38:45 GMT
TheFoe says:
Let sleeping dogs lie.

Initial post: 15 Jan 2013 18:44:55 GMT
coffee bars, special deals with record companies for exclusive stuff, more informed and amiable staff - or is it not savable...the Muso's get it here or in spooky survivalist independents (God bless them) while the masses get it at the supermarkets...
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