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RE: HMV Administration? - 14/1/2013 11:17:13 PM   
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Just attempting to go onto HMV's website and it keeps crashing every couple of minutes. Looks like their 25% sale hasnt been too popular either, looking at the online items they still seem to be expensive with the discount applied compared to Amazon

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 12:24:00 AM   
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It's the last major retailer where I live, now they'll be nothing but pound shops and birthday shops. Sad times.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 12:32:42 AM   
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I can't go into an HMV without not buying anything. Just for the sake of it I usually always check online afterwards and at most I've only ever paid 1.25 more than I would have on Amazon and the like, and usually end up paying less. It's great to be able to actually see what you're buying so you know if it's in a slipcase, or if the discs are all ratting around inside (not the first time I've ordered online and had to return because they've been bashed about inside the case) and it's lovely to go home on the day, purchases in hand.

True, some of their prices are excessive (the nearest store to me has had the same copy of Berlin Alexanderplatz for about 4 years now, I'm not surprised as it's 65) but there are plenty of bargains to be had. And one of the great joys is the ability to browse the shelves and come across either long forgotten films I'd like to watch again or stuff I'd never heard of. Doing the same on a website is an impractical chore, as such I only ever buy films online if I'm after a specific item.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 1:54:32 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

I can't go into an HMV without not buying anything. Just for the sake of it I usually always check online afterwards and at most I've only ever paid 1.25 more than I would have on Amazon and the like, and usually end up paying less. It's great to be able to actually see what you're buying so you know if it's in a slipcase, or if the discs are all ratting around inside (not the first time I've ordered online and had to return because they've been bashed about inside the case) and it's lovely to go home on the day, purchases in hand.

True, some of their prices are excessive (the nearest store to me has had the same copy of Berlin Alexanderplatz for about 4 years now, I'm not surprised as it's 65) but there are plenty of bargains to be had. And one of the great joys is the ability to browse the shelves and come across either long forgotten films I'd like to watch again or stuff I'd never heard of. Doing the same on a website is an impractical chore, as such I only ever buy films online if I'm after a specific item.


Totally agree, its so much better to be able to physically browse through the countless DVDs and blu-rays rather than staring at a computer screen for ages going through pages and pages only to be greeted by the front cover snapshot of the items, much better to be able to see first hand in the case of TV shows for me especially whether the set will match the rest in my collection.

But like I mentioned earlier the prices over the past few years has meant that go to HMV less often than I used to be, but I agree that recently with the whole 3 for 20 and 5 for 30 sale on blu-rays there have been some great selections.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 9:33:10 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: gtrekker

Totally agree, its so much better to be able to physically browse through the countless DVDs and blu-rays rather than staring at a computer screen for ages going through pages and pages only to be greeted by the front cover snapshot of the items, much better to be able to see first hand in the case of TV shows for me especially whether the set will match the rest in my collection.



But there's the problem for some, myself included. My local HMV has never exactly stocked "countless DVDs". Depends on the size of the store, I guess.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 9:37:17 AM   
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Just saw the news HMV are not accepting gift cards, vouchers etc no more

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 9:57:18 AM   
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I think quite a few people were making online orders with them the minute the initial news of the meeting leaked out yesterday. 

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 10:11:33 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: gtrekker

Just saw the news HMV are not accepting gift cards, vouchers etc no more


An announcement is due apparently with what can be done with them... don't chuck 'em yet.


Its a sad thing, mainly for the employees, but also for anyone who like me enjoys spending long amounts of time in there browsing.

That said, their prices vs their internet prices may always bothered me. Last Christmas I remember going in there hoping to buy a new release Blu Ray and it was a full 9 more in store than it was online (on their site). I appreciate things will always be a little more expensive but that took the biscuit.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 10:30:56 AM   
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Couldn't beleave the news when I heard it. Feel so sorry for the poor people who work their arses off in their. I think the only chance they've got left is to get rid of 80-90% of their stores & just hope they can at least keep some sort of business no matter how much more streamlined going.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 10:53:04 AM   
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Very sad news

My local HMV (in Uxbridge) was always rammed with people. One of those shops where I always went in, even if I didn't want anything (although invariably I would come out with one of the 2 for 5 or 3 for 10 offers). Will miss browsing about the place.

Yes, I buy the majority of Blu Rays on Amazon and get my music via iTunes but there is nothing like browsing through physical discs as others have said and coming home with a purchase in hand.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 12:04:45 PM   
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Sad news indeed - especially for all those directly impacted by the very real possibilty of job losses.

On a personal note, while it's really sad to see HMV likely to close the majority of their high street stores, I must be honest and say it's been an age since I actually bought anything from one of them. Now that's partly due to the fact that my circumstances have changed and I no longer visit town as much as I used to, which is coupled with the ease and cheapness of online shopping for me.

However, HMV will always hold a special place in my affections - it was their store in Leicester that first opened me up to the reality of building a video collection, whether I could afford it as a student is another matter! And they then also nurtured my burgeoning DVD collection with their oh-so-tempting 3 for 15/20 offers (the hours I spent pacing backwards and forwards clutching 2 dvds, desperately searching for that elusive 3rd that would justify the expense )
There really is no substitute for being able to browse through ranks of films in the flesh, so to speak; although the online experience is improving, it can still prove a frustrating process.
Like many have said tho, I just don't think HMV were able to challenge the likes of Amazon and the supermarkets effectively and as more and more people move to a downloadable future, they were always going to struggle. The vastly inflated prices on non-sale products can't have helped much though - 27 for a DVD that's been out for years? I don't think so!

Still sad news and my heart really does go out to those directly affected by this.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 3:26:27 PM   
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How can the last physical shop that sell dvds blu ray and music not make money and be closing?

Where is everyone going to buy from? It wont be Play.com.

I don't like Amazon, how depressing...

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 5:48:11 PM   
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Apparently they are "confident of finding a solution": http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21023016

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 5:54:24 PM   
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Peston thinks music and film releasing companies have a vested interest in keeping a high st presence alive so also thinks there will be a form of survival.

I wonder if they could share premises with Waterstones?


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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:02:24 PM   
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Doesn't look good,

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:06:07 PM   
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Getting this thread back to Play for just a moment, why are they promoting pre-orders for Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 when they're shutting down their direct sales arm?

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:09:41 PM   
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Maybe it's later in March they're closing? 

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:10:00 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

Getting this thread back to Play for just a moment, why are they promoting pre-orders for Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 when they're shutting down their direct sales arm?


I got an email from HMV this morning touting their "bluray and dvd exclusives"

including a Skyfall steelbook - which I ordered a couple of weeks back - not overly confident or getting that now

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:10:51 PM   
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quote:

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Maybe it's later in March they're closing?


Thought it was in February they were closing.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:16:32 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Scruffybobby


quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

Getting this thread back to Play for just a moment, why are they promoting pre-orders for Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 when they're shutting down their direct sales arm?


I got an email from HMV this morning touting their "bluray and dvd exclusives"

including a Skyfall steelbook - which I ordered a couple of weeks back - not overly confident or getting that now


I've got the Skyfall steelbook ordered from HMV. Yay!


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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:38:38 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

quote:

ORIGINAL: Scruffybobby


quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

Getting this thread back to Play for just a moment, why are they promoting pre-orders for Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 when they're shutting down their direct sales arm?


I got an email from HMV this morning touting their "bluray and dvd exclusives"

including a Skyfall steelbook - which I ordered a couple of weeks back - not overly confident or getting that now


I've got the Skyfall steelbook ordered from HMV. Yay!



I cancelled my pre order for the Resident Evil Retribution blu-ray steelbook last night, glad I did now

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:46:44 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: gtrekker


quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

quote:

ORIGINAL: Scruffybobby


quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

Getting this thread back to Play for just a moment, why are they promoting pre-orders for Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 when they're shutting down their direct sales arm?


I got an email from HMV this morning touting their "bluray and dvd exclusives"

including a Skyfall steelbook - which I ordered a couple of weeks back - not overly confident or getting that now


I've got the Skyfall steelbook ordered from HMV. Yay!



I cancelled my pre order for the Resident Evil Retribution blu-ray steelbook last night, glad I did now


I've got the Looper steelbook pre-ordered.

As far as I was aware, they don't take the money until the item ships? So why does it matter if you have the order in?

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:57:28 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: gtrekker


quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

I can't go into an HMV without not buying anything. Just for the sake of it I usually always check online afterwards and at most I've only ever paid 1.25 more than I would have on Amazon and the like, and usually end up paying less. It's great to be able to actually see what you're buying so you know if it's in a slipcase, or if the discs are all ratting around inside (not the first time I've ordered online and had to return because they've been bashed about inside the case) and it's lovely to go home on the day, purchases in hand.

True, some of their prices are excessive (the nearest store to me has had the same copy of Berlin Alexanderplatz for about 4 years now, I'm not surprised as it's 65) but there are plenty of bargains to be had. And one of the great joys is the ability to browse the shelves and come across either long forgotten films I'd like to watch again or stuff I'd never heard of. Doing the same on a website is an impractical chore, as such I only ever buy films online if I'm after a specific item.


Totally agree, its so much better to be able to physically browse through the countless DVDs and blu-rays rather than staring at a computer screen for ages going through pages and pages only to be greeted by the front cover snapshot of the items, much better to be able to see first hand in the case of TV shows for me especially whether the set will match the rest in my collection.

But like I mentioned earlier the prices over the past few years has meant that go to HMV less often than I used to be, but I agree that recently with the whole 3 for 20 and 5 for 30 sale on blu-rays there have been some great selections.


This. Or 'these' perhaps I should say?

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 8:57:53 PM   
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As far as I was aware, they don't take the money until the item ships? So why does it matter if you have the order in?


That's true, but it's a great looking box and it would have looked nice on my shelf.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 9:14:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Scruffybobby


quote:

ORIGINAL: doubtlesswonder

As far as I was aware, they don't take the money until the item ships? So why does it matter if you have the order in?


That's true, but it's a great looking box and it would have looked nice on my shelf.


Well, I understand that! But at least you won't be losing money on it.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 9:17:44 PM   
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For anyone interested in the Looper steelbook, it has now cropped up on Amazon at the more expensive price of 20.99

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 10:10:11 PM   
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Great. Amazon.... Not much choice really. Hows that for progress? Ugh...

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RE: HMV Administration? - 15/1/2013 10:23:41 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: doubtlesswonder


quote:

ORIGINAL: Scruffybobby


quote:

ORIGINAL: doubtlesswonder

As far as I was aware, they don't take the money until the item ships? So why does it matter if you have the order in?


That's true, but it's a great looking box and it would have looked nice on my shelf.


Well, I understand that! But at least you won't be losing money on it.


Thing is the site's down so I can't cancel the order - I might not need to but then again they may honour all outstanding orders. Should I order off amazon or zavvi meantime? Hopefully will find out sooner rather than later.



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RE: HMV Administration? - 16/1/2013 1:50:17 AM   
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That's a good point! Maybe Amazon will slam their prices up now.

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RE: HMV Administration? - 16/1/2013 2:28:44 AM   
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After Play.com and HMV close (if HMV does indeed totally close) would it be safe to say that Amazon's prices might decline slightly due to there being less competition?

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