General Chat Thread, HMV goes bang in General; Looking at the locality here, I wish local authorities would stop with the trying to squeeze every penny out of ...
15th January 2013, 10:48 AM #31
Looking at the locality here, I wish local authorities would stop with the trying to squeeze every penny out of you for parking on streets and lay by's it makes town a no go area and puts people off I believe (local authority has the audacity to put meters by these bays to charge people 50p for 20 mins of parking in a short stay bay), at the same time though my town centre has a problem with landlord companies charging well over the odds for retail units.
It sums it up here when the Disney store that we had is set to close shortly in our main town shopping centre, because its rent and rates are too high to the point where it isn't competitive to be open according to its manager when we were in there the other day, he told us in the two years they have been here they were getting crucified by costs which had doubled on renewing their initial lease.
Local satellite towns and areas to us outside of our council, have much better shopping areas as a result with ample free parking, yet we have an authority here, that just doesn't get it.
15th January 2013, 10:57 AM #32
For what we save on buying on line we will eventually spend more on tax to support unemployment benefits. The concencus is that we "feel sorry for those that are facing uncertainty of employment", but the truth is we don't and we cannot until we start keeping the High Streets alive. This is the unpleasant side of technological advancement.
15th January 2013, 11:15 AM #33
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15th January 2013, 12:11 PM #34
Argos is probably the best example of how to run a brick and mortar along side a web store.
I was also VERY shocked last weekend when I stepped foot inside a B&M Bargains store for the first time. What an amazing place!! haha
Its like a supermarket and tat store rolled into one and CHEAP!
15th January 2013, 12:12 PM #35
I'm a fan of Argos. I buy a fair amount of stuff from them still - they're convenient! Go online, check stock, buy and voila you can either get it delivered or collect from the shop. Simple.
Originally Posted by CHR1S
Plus, their prices are often pretty good. Got my TV, Blu-Ray player and an external hard disk from them over the last couple of years.
15th January 2013, 12:20 PM #36
Argos has to be the only place that can get customers to do their catalogue shopping IN the shop. They know what they're doing!
15th January 2013, 12:29 PM #37
Argos was way ahead of its time. I remember when the Harrogate branch opened in the back of Woolworths in the late 1970s. It caused great excitement.
It was a simple model that was just waiting for the internet to happen. The other catalogues didn't have the shop-fronts to promote their brand and when the internet did take hold, they were well placed to take advantage, but didn't have the turn-over of Argos. HMV's problem is a failure to keep up with the internet shopping revolution as soon as it happened. It let the likes of Play.com do the internet while it remained a shop-front. HMV was too slow and it's paid for it now.
15th January 2013, 12:32 PM #38
Damnit, I could see this coming and meant to spend my vouchers last weekend. Unfortunately, like a muppet, I left the vouchers at my Parents house so thought I'd do it this weekend. See I am psychic, just rubbish at following my predictions :P
15th January 2013, 01:26 PM #39
Originally Posted by Danp
Erm.. surely the latter statement about exchanges and certainly refunds is against a customers statutory rights?
15th January 2013, 01:30 PM #40
When they enter the legal status of being in administration, they get to suspend a bunch of rights...
Originally Posted by Gatt
15th January 2013, 01:33 PM #41
Just like Jessops aren't honoring gift vouchers or returned goods:
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15th January 2013, 01:37 PM #42
oh furry balls of bag!
Originally Posted by Danp
I was going to go there today. Very annoyed now as had the voucher for christmas but was waiting for a few dvds to come out so was going to pop in today to buy them.
15th January 2013, 01:37 PM #43
If I had any HMV vouchers I would happily go in and steal what I wanted for the amount I had in vouchers. The items have already been paid for.
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15th January 2013, 01:37 PM #44
Yeah found out after I posted that... thanks
Originally Posted by localzuk
15th January 2013, 01:44 PM #45
That idea crossed my mind when I found out.
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