HMV about to go into administration again

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  1. Slave

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    Glad there is a passion for Big Bang Theory doormats.

    In all seriousness, I didn’t know HMV did performances (mainly because WHERE?) but that would be a great way to get people in the shop, selling CDs and merchandise to a guaranteed audience.
     
  2. VoR

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    He makes a good point about adding more value to the CD. As the sales declined, I really noticed that booklets started to get really thin and shitty. It majorly contributed to me stopping bothering with them for the most part. Because there really was no added value to just buying a digital copy.

    Making it a sort of high street live venue is a great idea too.
     
  3. octophone

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    Yeah, margins were so tight that the very things that made it potentially worth having as an object were cut back!

    There was always nice ways of packaging a CD to add a little value to them. I'm all for card and digipak sleeves as these can look nice while still being uncomplicated. Not everything needs to be superdeluxe but CDs did become too Tesco Value to attract its own market.
     
  4. lolly

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    I know that the Oxford St flagship store (you know, the one they closed down) had them. I'd be surprised if they didn't have by far the majority.

    It does make sense though. Waterstones, Foyles and Stanfords here frequently have author events, readings and signings. I know the two things aren't identical, but I think there are enough parallels between books and music for it to be an indicator of a sensible way forward.
     
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    In-stores used to be a massive thing in the late 80's and into the 90's. They dropped off as sales dropped off because the bands could find better, more profitable uses for their time. I got records signed by people like The House Of Love, Inspiral Carpets, Teenage Fanclub, James and The Frank And Walters(!) at events of that type between 1990-92. Then there were some big ones that caused a bit of choas in a few places (bit of a rammy at an Oasis one, IIRC).
     
  6. Shirley

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    HALO JAMES were at HMV SOUTHAMPTON once when we went there but NATURALLY WE JUST IGNORED THEM
     
  7. Ag

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    I briefly saw BLACK BOX when I was 9 in Oxford Street HMV.

    WOW.
     
  8. SDF

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    I saw Darius at Virgin Megastores :D
     
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    Yes :D I was about to say at least he has passion, he said it like 5 times
     
  10. Zu-Klara

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    I saw GIRLS ALOUD at the Oxford Street branch. I think I may have turned up too late for the PA but I did get quite near them while they were sat down signing things. Oh the genuinely heady bouquet of expensive perfumes :disco:
     
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  11. lolly

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    Did you sniff Sarah's Charlie?
     
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  12. FetchFugly

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    Westfield has reopened. More wheeling and dealing on the lease no doubt.
     
  13. lolly

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    Just bought the Kate Bush Cloudbusting picture disc in HMV Bath for no real reason other than it was there. I asked about Pure points at the till and was told they had no idea what was happening, but 'probably worth holding on to your card'.
     
  14. FetchFugly

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    At some point they just need to get the message out that pure points are dead... I'm surprised it has taken so long to get their webstore back up as well.

    It does feel like their prices are creeping up a little. £10.99 is getting more common for new releases and I noticed a couple of CDs from earlier this year in the racks at £11.99.

    They don't seem to be discounting as much either, though I did find a couple of CDs in the two for £15 today. I guess it may be sensible and to be fair Amazon's pricing is way more all over the place these days too.
     
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    They're leaving it a lot later to discount than they used to. It got to the point where Fopp would have a CD down from £10 to £8 within 3 weeks, occasionally even sooner. Now, they barely seem to do this at all and, if they do, it's more like 2 months.
     
  16. Zu-Klara

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    I actually find that weirdly reassuring in the days of everyone wanting and expecting music for nothing (or next to nothing), although I did briefly quite fancy the Mitski CD (as you do, having already bought the download) only to discover it was TEN POUNDS :shock:
     
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    I got the most recent Mitski in HMV for a fiver. It was in the sale that they;d just started when they went bust. Correlation and causation are not the same thing but BLAME MITSKI.
     
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    Oh NO. I was pleased to see the back of that. Well, as long as they aren’t still selling Pink Floyd doormats or whatever the fuck they were :zombie:
     
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    I was appalled by the number of those Funko Pop things in Bath today.
     
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    Oh I see they’re still flogging NOVELTY SHIT then
     
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    One thing I did notice in Fopp recently....the Stereolab reissues. Now, these did much better than expected and even made the Top 40 Sales chart. Yet Fopp seemingly had one copy each of the vinyl and none of the CD editions. Similarly today, The Fall's latest reissues; 2 copies of each of the vinyl editions, none of the triple CD sets. Not only is this quite light coverage, badly under-estimating the 'Lab, but also suggests that the whole pro-vinyl thing is being pursued at a certain level.
     
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    Bit SCANT. That’s actually quite surprising, given that the Fopp in London is (or at least used to be) generally quite hot on the indie. Mind you, I went into a terrible temper because they didn’t have the Sunn O))) album (who I’ve come to rather like after that listening party, not that it was QUITE loud enough, although the gig in Berlin should deliver the requisite internal organ damage :disco:) but neither did Rough Trade and Bleep took forever to deliver it, so I suspect pesky STOCKING PROBLEMS
     
  23. Slave

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    I don’t have a problem with their selling them - I guess they sort of tie into their market, after all.

    It’s just the fact that they’re EVERYWHERE. I really, really wish they’d properly theme and section the stores. It’s basically the equivalent of going to the men’s section of a clothes shop and finding lingerie on every other hanger.
     
  24. lolly

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    Just walked past hmv here. Closed, sign saying for annual stock count.

    Hmm
     
  25. Ag

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    Does anyone have info regarding the status of Our Price in Harrogate please?
     
  26. lolly

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    They merged with Freeman Hardy and Willis
     
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    That's always a bad sign. Fopp were closed for a "stock take" when they went bust.
     
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    Actually @lolly , this could be bad timing for yr store as one of HMV's "exclusives" for their "Vinyl Week" is a 2LP on "ABBA GOLD" on, woah whod've thunk, gold vinyl. You're looking at an early rise that day, I'm afraid.
     
  30. lolly

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    Yes, Mr L has already emailed me about it. I'm not sure if you're allowed to preorder it though - apparently you could with Kate's recent picture disc.

    Just as an aside, it was released as a non limited gold vinyl a year or two ago, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original release. But apparently the WRONG FONT was used for the Abba logo. This release corrects that, and is therefore apparently utterly essential.
     
  31. octophone

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    I'm sorry but :D :D
     
  32. lolly

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    You think I don't :D :D as well?

    I just throw in :evil: :argh: :rolleyes: too.
     
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  33. SDF

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    Just got an email about purehmv closing. But they said a new loyalty scheme would be up and running shortly (not sure what it will look like) and they’d transfer your points across.
     
  34. FetchFugly

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    Yes I got that too. It sounds like their new scheme is very much a work in progress as they asked if I would be interested in using an app rather than having a card and then directed me to a survey.
     
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    Yes. Having now completed the survey, I’m not sure the scheme will be available in a few months based on those questions.
     
  36. lolly

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    The new-look HMV has chosen Birmingham as the location for its new superstore, The HMV Vault.

    The music and entertainment chain, rescued from administration by Sunrise Records owner Doug Putman earlier this year, will open what it says is Europe’s largest entertainment store at Dale End, close to Birmingham city centre, in mid-October.

    The move will buck the trend in recent years for smaller, more specialist record shops. The store does not have a London flagship store to replace its legendary former Oxford Street location, which was not taken on as part of the Sunrise deal. A HMV spokesman told Music Week there are "currently no plans" for a London flagship, although Putman has previously expressed an interest in having one, if the right location could be found.

    The new shop will occupy over 25,000 square feet of retail space and stock a huge range of products, giving full rein to HMV’s recent vinyl-led revamp, as exclusively revealed in Music Week last month. A press release pledges “an unrivalled range of music, where vinyl collectors and enthusiasts will find a huge selection of LPs to pore over as they immerse themselves in thousands of albums in a dedicated vinyl paradise”.

    “Specialist music lovers will be able to revel in an unparalleled range of classical, jazz, folk, country, blues and world music, with an impressive array of titles carefully selected to appeal to the most discerning of music lovers,” it adds.

    The shop will also feature a permanent stage area for in-stores. HMV recently expanded its in-store programme to allow unsigned acts to appear.
     
  37. Sheena

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    I completely forgot Oxford Street has gone when I was in London this week. I was excited all day about having a mooch until I realised :(
     
  38. lolly

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    What stores do they have left in central London now?
     
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  40. FetchFugly

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    I think it is just Covent Garden Fopp, though Westfield Stratford HMV reopened as well.

    Other than the ongoing price sticker on the back madness my current least favourite thing about HMV is them displaying two for £15 CDs and random other newish releases under the irksome banner of 'recent and decent'.
     

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