General Chat Thread, WH Smith in General; I feel old....
I went to WH Smith the other day to buy a present for my wife. I was ...
3rd May 2012, 10:09 AM #1
I feel old....
I went to WH Smith the other day to buy a present for my wife. I was looking around for a while and had to ask for help;
Me: Where are your music CD's please?
Shop person: We don't sell them anymore sir.
Curiously, they do still sell blank VHS tapes, cassette tapes and floppy disks!! Well I say "sell", they have them on the shelves.....
3rd May 2012, 07:33 PM #2
A long time ago, they used to be a bookshop...
.. apparently they now make more money selling food and drink...
3rd May 2012, 09:48 PM #3
Times change. They used to sell computers in the '80s. They've still got an humongous range of magazines, though. That reminds me, I must pick up this month's copy of "Rings, Wings, Bings, Mings, Stings, Kings & Tings" magazine.
It's my favourite.
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 3rd May 2012 at 09:53 PM.
3rd May 2012, 10:29 PM #4
When I read the title of the post it reminded me for a split second that W.H Smith went bust a few yrs ago. That was Woolworths of course. What I think is telling is that there is a W.H Smith around 300yrds from my house. It's just such a useless shop that I've almost scrubbed it from my mind.
4th May 2012, 09:37 AM #5
Must admit i got some gift vouchers (£30) for WH Smith and when i went to have a look i could find absolutely nothing to spend them on that i actually wanted, ended up just getting a really expensive pen that i have never used to save them expiring.
4th May 2012, 09:41 AM #6
I not been in since they stopped stocking "What Trout"
4th May 2012, 10:03 AM #7
My first "proper" job was at WH Smith. I'm always amazed that they're still going as even then many of the branches seemed to struggle.
4th May 2012, 10:05 AM #8
One of my local ones (Worcester) has the only Post Office in town in there now, its always busy because of that.
4th May 2012, 10:06 AM #9
- Rep Power
I keep them afloat by buying every WW2-related book they stock.
4th May 2012, 10:44 AM #10
AFAIK a large part of WH SMITH income is from distribution of newspapers/magazines to other retailers.
Originally Posted by LeMarchand
4th May 2012, 11:23 AM #11
I imagine they do very, very well at stations and airports, because they sell most things that people need in those places. On the high street though they seem less useful. I went in one recently to look for stationary and it was pretty poor. More than anything it just felt really dated.
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