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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by whhistle, 22 Mar 2018.

  1. pieguyrob

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    FFS, where am I going to get my t-shirts and vinyl records now? I am being serious, HMV is my favourite shop. They got me an alanis morrisette album cheaper than Amazon. And it turned out to be a limited edition version. THIS IS NOT GOOD!
     
  2. cjmillsnun

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    Try and find a local independent record shop. I am sure you’ll have one not too far away. HMV whilst not bad isn’t a patch on a local place.
     
  3. cjmillsnun

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    One small correction. They are not vinyls. The correct terms are records (the generic term) or LPs (for albums).
     
  4. tbtc

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    On a kind of related subject, what about Eddie Stobart?

    We are meant to have a large number of vacancies of HGV drivers in the UK yet they can spare dozens of lorries and drivers to crawl through Kent to "model" how a Hard Brexit would look - they must have some spare staff/resources to be able to do that at relatively short notice :D

    (removes tongue from cheek)
     
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    Thank-you... It really makes my teeth itch when I hear that one! ;)
     
  6. SteveP29

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    Buy t-shirts direct from bands websites, or for non music, from Amazon
     
  7. Arctic Troll

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    I've got at least 500 CDs out in the garage and I've only started listening to them again because my runabout car doesn't have Bluetooth or an AUX socket. When I'm on public transport or in the main car I use Spotify. Why? More choice. I even use Spotify to stream albums I have on CD in my garage.

    I used to like physically owning something but these days Spotify makes so much more sense financially.
     
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    With films, I prefer to buy and own DVDs rather than electronic downloading (A significant factor in this decision is that I get slow broadband!), but I prefer the physical DVD over just a file on a computer which can get lost if the hard drive fails. A DVD will last pretty much indefinitely so long as it is stored correctly and doesn't get scratched).

    As an aside, I presume it will be OK to order from www.hmv.com? (they have no mention about going into administration).
     
  9. Peter Mugridge

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    Didn't a few people mention FlyBe somewhere up the thread...? They haven't exactly folded, but they have been absorbed because they weren't exactly doing very well...
     
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    IIRC the Stobart run services will still use the FlyBe name.
     
  11. pieguyrob

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    What's wrong with wanting to go into a shop to actually buy something with money that you have saved up for? Me thinks its becoming a foreign concept these days.

    I'll stand corrected on the issue of vinyl's. My collection is mainly LP's, EP's and a solitary single (Kula Shaker Tatvia).
     
  12. whhistle

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    It is somewhat "going out of fashion".
    • People are lazy.
    • Public transport can be rubbish.
    • City centre parking charges.
    • Traffic getting into and out of out of town shopping complexes is... complex!
    • Other people getting in the way.
    • Better deals online.
    • People don't need to see some items before buying these days.
    • Can watch a film while ordering something online.
    • Can get cashback from online.
    • Better protection when shopping online.
    Lots of reasons to use websites rather than physically going out shopping.
     
  13. pieguyrob

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    I'm an analogue man in a digital world.
     
  14. pieguyrob

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    Please stop changing things for the worse.
     
  15. Cletus

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    Probably not going to disappear, but M&S have announced the shutting of more shops.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46876749

    Locally the one closing in Deal is a surprise. After the main Dover store closed, the Deal superiority about having an M&S didn't last long!
     
  16. Lucan

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    I'm baffled. Care to explain those two bullet points?
     
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    Can buy on the laptop while watching TV

    Some shopping sites offer good consumer protection
     
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    Not sure about the first one, but for the second one, you have a more rights with the distant selling regulations.
     
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    Closing their store in a city the size of Hull is a surprise.
     
  20. ChiefPlanner

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    Done my bit today by buying a book at Waterstones and lugging a new shredder (reduced from £99 to £49) from Rymans in St Albans , all the way home. On foot. A good mile + .

    Could just as easily have done an Amazon purchase and driven to a retail park for the shredder. If you want to keep vibrant shops , you have to support them. Not just twee coffee emporiums etc.
     
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    I hope you're not going to put the one in the other? :)
     
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    I'm guessing that their landlord wouldn't play ball in a rent reduction.
     
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    Very good - book in rucksack and shredder in a large plastic bag , which had to be swopped over several times. Maximising utility - I took a few unwanted books to the Oxfam shop on the way out.....
     
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    Another big reason is internet shopping is 24/7, whereas some high streets/shopping centres close up by 17:30/18:00.
     
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    At the weekend I bought a note book computer in store for the same price as it was available online but in store I got anti virus software bundled for the same price which was not available on line.
     
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    I can sit at home watching a movie and order my food shopping online to arrive the next day.
    Or watch a TV series while ordering Christmas presents.
    Or I see an advert for something, spend 5 mins comparing prices, then buy.
    All this, rather than wandering round shops in the cold.

    and this:
     
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    I can research what I want, then use price comparison to find the best price, choose when it's delivered and get extras I want, without being pressured by a salesman to buy those I don't, all in a short period while sat around in my lounging gear. I'd say that I do 90% of my non-food shopping online. Food I prefer to go and see what's on offer - I don't trust someone else to pick it and some of the "replacement" choices are bizarre.
     
  28. underbank

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    Yes to all those, but also that there's just so little stock held in shops these days. Take clothes, you finally find something you like the look of after trailing around the clothes shops, only to find they have every size except yours, or they have your size in all the colours except the one you want. So you take a note, and go home and order online instead (or move to the next shop where they have more stock). Clarks shoes are absolutely terrible for this now - yes, I know they can order in for you, but that means a wasted trip and having to pay for parking/fuel and the time twice instead of once. Go to Currys for a TV or computer and it's a lottery whether they have what you want in stock - you spend ages looking at the demo models, working out which is right for you, then when you've made your decision, shop assistant checks stock and "computer says no". Wasted journeys to shops that don't have stock is what has driven me to virtually entirely online shopping. Shops need to get a grip and start putting more stock in their stores rather than sat in warehouses waiting for online orders.
     
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    Having your stock in several hundred locations and hoping somebody who wants to buy an item happens to come across it is an incredibly inefficient way of doing business when you think about it.
     
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    I can never understand why the High Street still closes at 5pm in many town centres, especially in summer. When its light and still warm outside, it seems to make sense to me to try get people out shopping, when the majority of people still work 9-5, why don't shops stay open longer so people can use them? Always seems strange to walk up deserted high streets when its still light outside in the warmer months (I do realise some larger city centres and out of town shopping centres stay open later).
     

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