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Retail woes continue: Blockbusters to follow HMV into admini

Postby PonderingWalrus » 16 Jan 2013, 15:43

Goodbye high street video games retail. You will be missed. :cry:
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Postby CunningSmile » 16 Jan 2013, 15:46

Are they still going? I thought they went bust months ago...maybe it's the fact everytime I go in there the shelves are bare and everything looks like it's being boxed up that gives it the general feel of "closed for business"
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Postby Maverick_McCool » 16 Jan 2013, 16:01

Odd , my local Blockbuster seems to do really well , friendly staff that seem to be into the products they sell be it films or games (they put Game and Gamestation to shame to be honest) and I've got some excellent deals from them in the past. Will be gutted to see them go.
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Postby scotty » 16 Jan 2013, 16:24

My local Blockbusters sounds much like yours McCool, I'll be sad if it disappears down here.. they're a good bunch and seem to always be busy. Hopefully they can shake it up and keep the profitable stores.
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Postby vadersmyfather » 16 Jan 2013, 17:00

My local Blockbusters is pretty horrible. Stuff all over the place and clearly not had a face lift in years. It's depressing and prehistoric. With the advent of Lovefilm, Netflix, Sky Box Office etc you don't have to go out in the cold, drive to the store, trawl through dvds and then rush to take it back a few days later, anymore.
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Postby CunningSmile » 16 Jan 2013, 17:08

vadersmyfather wrote:My local Blockbusters is pretty horrible. Stuff all over the place and clearly not had a face lift in years. It's depressing and prehistoric. With the advent of Lovefilm, Netflix, Sky Box Office etc you don't have to go out in the cold, drive to the store, trawl through dvds and then rush to take it back a few days later, anymore.


I think you've pretty much summed up the exact reason they've gone bust.
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Postby ipsofacto » 16 Jan 2013, 17:11

South Park already told me the days of Blockbusters was over
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Postby msbhvn » 16 Jan 2013, 17:17

I blame the Tories sticking the financial knife into everyone (except their millionaire friends, of course) for all this.

I was also suprised that Blockbuster were still going as I haven't set foot in one since the one in my village shut down about ten years ago. Having to pay bus fare to get to the next nearest, plus the overpriced rental fee and then bus fare again to return it, meant it was cheaper to buy films from Amazon than to rent from Blockbuster.
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Postby CunningSmile » 16 Jan 2013, 17:23

msbhvn wrote:I blame the Tories sticking the financial knife into everyone (except their millionaire friends, of course) for all this


I blame optimism. The reason everyone has gone at once is they all belong to outdated business models that haven't moved with the times but were limping along in the hopes that Christmas would bring a boost. Except we all went to LoveFilm, Netflix and Amazon at Christmas rather than Blockbuster and HMV and so that Christmas miracle never happened Tiny Tim.
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Postby FishyGinger » 16 Jan 2013, 17:27

Not sure how you brought the tories into it but I've not been in one for at least a decade, more like 16-17 years for any rental place. Seemed pointless.
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Postby msbhvn » 16 Jan 2013, 17:37

FishyGinger wrote:Not sure how you brought the tories into it


Love 'em or hate 'em, they're the ones in charge of the economy right now and they're doing a terrible job. They can only blame the previous government (who apparently were responsible for a worldwide crisis) for so long.
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Postby Johnbhoy69 » 16 Jan 2013, 18:30

Ive been saying this to my friend for while but the High street is going the way of the dinosaurs. In a few years no one will buy anything from actual shops anymore. People will continue to buy games, Movies, clothes, food etc, manage their money, Hell even communicate with people solely through the internet Look at most supermarkets with their self service Tills and online shopping delivered to your door, slowly phasing out the need for manned Tills and with the next generation of games consoles phasing out the pre-owned markets...Multiple job sectors are going to be completely extinct. In The town where I live with Game closed and HMV following suit, All we have now is Computer Entertainment Exchange with wont survive too long in the next generation console market.
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Postby stryder84 » 16 Jan 2013, 19:08

msbhvn wrote:I blame the Tories sticking the financial knife into everyone (except their millionaire friends, of course) for all this.

I was also suprised that Blockbuster were still going as I haven't set foot in one since the one in my village shut down about ten years ago. Having to pay bus fare to get to the next nearest, plus the overpriced rental fee and then bus fare again to return it, meant it was cheaper to buy films from Amazon than to rent from Blockbuster.


You cannot blame the government for everything ok my brother works in government departments and he has worked for both labour and the tories when i asked him how is that possible his reply was "the people running the country dont change only those in charge" and as for the economic fudge up basically the banks lose everything then say to everyone else "you know what screw you we want money"

so back up your arguement with VALID reasons and dont jump on the bandwagon everyone else seems to be on and just remember




Johnbhoy69 wrote:Ive been saying this to my friend for while but the High street is going the way of the dinosaurs. In a few years no one will buy anything from actual shops anymore. People will continue to buy games, Movies, clothes, food etc, manage their money, Hell even communicate with people solely through the internet Look at most supermarkets with their self service Tills and online shopping delivered to your door, slowly phasing out the need for manned Tills and with the next generation of games consoles phasing out the pre-owned markets...Multiple job sectors are going to be completely extinct. In The town where I live with Game closed and HMV following suit, All we have now is Computer Entertainment Exchange with wont survive too long in the next generation console market.


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Postby msbhvn » 16 Jan 2013, 19:18

stryder84 wrote:
msbhvn wrote:I blame the Tories sticking the financial knife into everyone (except their millionaire friends, of course) for all this.

I was also suprised that Blockbuster were still going as I haven't set foot in one since the one in my village shut down about ten years ago. Having to pay bus fare to get to the next nearest, plus the overpriced rental fee and then bus fare again to return it, meant it was cheaper to buy films from Amazon than to rent from Blockbuster.


You cannot blame the government for everything ok my brother works in government departments and he has worked for both labour and the tories when i asked him how is that possible his reply was "the people running the country dont change only those in charge" and as for the economic fudge up basically the banks lose everything then say to everyone else "you know what screw you we want money"

so back up your arguement with VALID reasons and dont jump on the bandwagon everyone else seems to be on


The government are the ones making the decisions that take money out of people's pockets. People who have less money are reluctant to spend it. When people aren't spending money, shops go out of business.

But I agree that the banks caused the financial crisis and haven't lifted a finger to fix the mess they've caused.
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Postby dx.nick.p » 16 Jan 2013, 23:51

I don't blame the Government. I blame myself, you and every other member of the public - and the folk running the companies. They set the prices, and we look for the best deal, which 99% of the time is on-line. If we (as a nation) really cared about these stores, we would continue to use them. Instead we look to save a few pounds here and there - not that it's a bad thing.

Be honest. If the Government did allow you to keep more of your cash, would you spend it buying a game for £45 in HMV, or would you pay £35 on-line?

It is sad to see some of these places closing - especially when many of the members of staff who are losing their jobs are hard working and proud-to-be-working individuals.

Give it 5 or 10 years, and I think that the high street will only have phone shops, cafes, mini-supermarkets and specialist stores. HMV was a bit of a 'sell anything that's cool' store. Blockbuster was unfortunately, very 20th century. I can't remember the last time I went to the high street to buy a game, when it's cheaper and easier on-line or in a supermarket.

Buying a game or CD isn't like buying a TV or a laptop. If I'm spending hundreds or thousands of pounds on a long term investment, I want to see it. I want to try it before I buy it. I actually want to experience it and have someone tell me I'm making the right choice.

If I want a game, CD or DVD, I know what I want. I can read a synopsis on-line. I can read reviews on-line and I can watch clips on-line. I have no desire to leave the house. Unfortunately, that's just the way of the world now. We all want everything cheaper and delivered.
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