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 Posted:   Jan 15, 2013 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

A friend of mine dug up some links for me. HMV Canada is still doing okay!

http://www.timescolonist.com/business/hmv-canada-says-it-surpassed-its-target-with-65m-in-holiday-sales-1.42520
http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/hmv-canada-says-it-will-survive-despite-struggles-of-former-uk-parent-1.1114849

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2013 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

Pity, it was pretty much the store I visited when I'm in the UK.

How long will their online store remain open, do you think?


You'd be mad to risk ordering anything from them IMHO. They could fold at any minute and there is no guarantee you'd get your money back.

They've already stated they won't accept the gift vouchers that many people will have received as Xmas presents.


Tell me about it, I was 60 this Christmas, so people bought me HMV vouchers, which was a very kind thought. Now I can't spend them, BUGGER!!!

How is this legal, to take peoples money for gift vouchers and then refuse to honour them?


I read today that, for people who returned unwanted Christmas gifts at the beginning of the year were not given cash refunds but were instead given HMV vouchers! At least the people who bought vouchers with debit/credit cards can claim back the money through their card companies (I think). But for those who had taken back a physical CD or DVD, etc and were given vouchers don't seem to have too much chance of seeing any refund now.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2013 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   TM2-Megatron   (Member)

Yeah, apparently this isn't impacting HMV Canada, which is still doing alright.

I have to admit, though, I kind of wonder why. The majority of their sales these days must come from Blu-Ray and DVD rather than music CDs, but I find HMV to be consistently overpriced compared to stores like Future Shop or Best Buy, or online retailers like Amazon.ca. Their 3-D Blu-Ray prices are especially ludicrous.

But I have to admit, the big 3-story HMV in downtown Toronto is still a favourite destination of mine when I want a particular CD, and want it now, not in a day or two when Amazon can get it shipped to me. With Sam's out of business, that giant HMV is one of the few music stores in Toronto that has a decent selection of CDs. Although Sonic Boom at Bloor/Bathurst gives it a run for its money, and as it sells used CDs it's a heck of a lot cheaper.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2013 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
I read that SEVENTY THREE PERCENT (!) of dvd and cd purchases by brits is done online!!!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?

No wonder the british empire fell apart - no initiative.
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2013 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

"ORFF WITH HIS HEAD!!!"

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2013 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?


we would el bruco, if we had jobs and werent in the middle of a recession paying back obscene borrowing from ten years ago!!

Everyone is cutting back on non essentials because a) they dont know if the firm they work for will be next to go, and b) just about everyone is putting their prices up to grab a piece of the pie.
I cant afford CDs - on-line or otherwise!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2013 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
I read that SEVENTY THREE PERCENT (!) of dvd and cd purchases by brits is done online!!!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?

No wonder the british empire fell apart - no initiative.
bruce


Nurse! He's out of bed again, & his dressing gown's open!

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2013 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)



Everyone is cutting back on non essentials because a) they dont know if the firm they work for will be next to go, and b) just about everyone is putting their prices up to grab a piece of the pie.


Pretty much the same thing happening around my way Bill I never know where I will be working from one day to the next.

I used to love going into HMV stores it was a highlight of going shopping but that was a good few years ago when my music taste was different and they seemed to have more choice those days. Any time I have been in any of the stores the last number of years found very little of interest so I pretty much stopped going into them.
There selection of stock seemed to have gotten more and more generalized in store to basic mainstream stuff which I can only imagine only appealed to a lot of people that had went the download everything for nothing route.

Now I'm stuck with £40 of worthless vouchers I was given at Xmas and pre order I had in for Witchfinder General.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2013 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

"there will always be an England (but not HMV)"
_Shakespierre

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2013 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

My favourite memory of HMV: meeting Cindy Crawford at the Oxford Circus branch when she was signing her second workout tape (twenty years ago this October).

My second favourite memory: finding Edward Scissorhands in said branch priced £1.99 by mistake (instead of £11.99, it being an import cassette and all).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
I read that SEVENTY THREE PERCENT (!) of dvd and cd purchases by brits is done online!!!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?

No wonder the british empire fell apart - no initiative.
bruce


Would love to and frequently do. However when HMV want 25 pounds for a CD which I can get for 9.99 online..... I'm happy to pay a couple of pounds extra for buying in-store but there are limits.

Also most HMV stores only stocked piles of the most popular titles (the same ones heavily discounted by supermarkets) and very rarely ever stocked and titles I was interested in. Their soundtrack section was mostly filled by Glee titles.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 2:26 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
I read that SEVENTY THREE PERCENT (!) of dvd and cd purchases by brits is done online!!!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?

No wonder the british empire fell apart - no initiative.
bruce


Would love to and frequently do. However when HMV want 25 pounds for a CD which I can get for 9.99 online..... I'm happy to pay a couple of pounds extra for buying in-store but there are limits.

Also most HMV stores only stocked piles of the most popular titles (the same ones heavily discounted by supermarkets) and very rarely ever stocked and titles I was interested in. Their soundtrack section was mostly filled by Glee titles.


True. I think record stores have made the mistake of targeting only the mass audience (which happily became the online buyer section) when they should have targeted the specialty buyers who really appreciate to browse stores and find rarities.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 3:21 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

One of the few pleasures which had remained in my glum, sordid life, was going "back hame tae Glesgae" (shurely not a pleasure - Ed), nipping into the HMV store and coming out with dozens of Hammer films and '50s SF DVDs at 3 quid each. Is there any other place near ma hoose where I can do that this coming August?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 3:46 AM   
 By:   johncutler112003   (Member)

One of the few pleasures which had remained in my glum, sordid life, was going "back hame tae Glesgae" (shurely not a pleasure - Ed), nipping into the HMV store and coming out with dozens of Hammer films and '50s SF DVDs at 3 quid each. Is there any other place near ma hoose where I can do that this coming August?

Er yes, just pop down to your local Blockbuster. Oh wait a minute......

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
I read that SEVENTY THREE PERCENT (!) of dvd and cd purchases by brits is done online!!!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?

No wonder the british empire fell apart - no initiative.
bruce



That'd be a worry, if only the US equivalent weren't 77.7%.

smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

I'm not surprised by HMV going into administration. I have for a while thought that all the media-based chain stores are on their last legs. What I hope is that when the dust settles there will be space in UK high streets for independent media specialist shops, be it for LPs, CDs, DVDs/Blu-Rays, books, etc, who can provide a less uniform feel to their outlets and more personality in their service, perhaps with web presence as well. However, it remains to be seen whether the UK shopper will value such service with the extra costs that it entails, or whether they will just browse then buy online as they have become used to doing.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

Maybe smaller, independent shops may not have such overheads that they wouldn't need to charge so much more than online shops. However the facts that shops rent increases year on year regardless of what the market does added to the ever increasing taxes they face may mean that shops just can't survive.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
I read that SEVENTY THREE PERCENT (!) of dvd and cd purchases by brits is done online!!!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?

No wonder the british empire fell apart - no initiative.
bruce



That'd be a worry, if only the US equivalent weren't 77.7%.

smile


what is your source for this dubious statistic????!
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
I read that SEVENTY THREE PERCENT (!) of dvd and cd purchases by brits is done online!!!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?

No wonder the british empire fell apart - no initiative.
bruce



That'd be a worry, if only the US equivalent weren't 77.7%.

smile


what is your source for this dubious statistic????!
brm



Well, OBVIOUSLY, I made it up. But on the other hand can you disprove it?

TG

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2013 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I blame those lazy English wankers for this!
I read that SEVENTY THREE PERCENT (!) of dvd and cd purchases by brits is done online!!!
Can't those tossers get off their fat arses and do some in-store shopping?

No wonder the british empire fell apart - no initiative.
bruce



That'd be a worry, if only the US equivalent weren't 77.7%.

smile


what is your source for this dubious statistic????!
brm



Well, OBVIOUSLY, I made it up. But on the other hand can you disprove it?

TG


you'd make an excellent barrister TG!
bruce

 
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