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HMV In Store

Discussion in 'Blu-rays, DVDs & Streaming Services' started by Drexl, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. captainarchive

    captainarchive Active Member

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again shops like HMV rely heavily on people impulse buying. I used to work with a twentysomething who regularly used to go into HMV at lunch time not intending to buy a thing and come away having spent 60 quid on a couple of CD's and a couple of DVD's. And he wasn't alone, another twentysomething used to spend more than £100 a week in HMV, on each occasion before going in vowing not to spend a penny.
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    I'm going to be doing a fair amount of that myself. Moving abroad to work for a couple of years (taking portable Blu-ray player) with just the occasional weekend trip back home. Delivery dates/cards for collection are too unpredictable in the UK so I'll most likely be going to an HMV and paying over the odds for the titles I really want on my few trips back. Compared with the swiss prices I saw (35 quid for something with German titles all over it) they'll still be a bargain!
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    But as we can see, this is not a sustainable business model as they are almost defaulting on their debt.

    Be better to sell all their HUGE stores and open up with less floor space, piled high with latest releases at £12.99 a pop.

    Job done.
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    I live abroad and get amazon.co.uk to deliver to me, my last parcel took five days to get to China and the postage costs was £6 for two boxsets and two films.
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    The business model has stumbled because of the ipod generation, HMV appealed mostly to younger people and the current crop don't buy CD's etc in the same quantities as previous generations.
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    Thanks. Useful to know.

    I had a feeling that with a credit card registered to a UK address but delivery abroad might be a problem.

    One issue is not having a properl delivery address. Am already being ripped off (what the expats call "being Switzerlanded") to the tune of £1300/month for "serviced accommodation" (single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities) and wasn't prepared to pay the "optional" £35/month to be allowed to have mail deliveries on top. Might see if I can get stuff sent to work address instead though.
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    They did actually have some pretty good blu-ray prices in that offer - Last Chance To See was £5.59 (amazon about £14), the newly released a-ha live concert was £10.39 (Sainsburys £11.99), X-Men Quadrilogy box set was £11.99 (most places were something like £16-25 I think), the Dark Knight/Batman Begins boxset was £10.79 (amazon £13.50) as was the BBC 'Earth' boxset (Earth - Power of the Planet and How the Earth Made Us).

    I don't often buy from HMV as their prices usually aren't that good even in the sales but they do have their moments. Picked up KT Tunstall's Drastic Fantastic CD in my local HMV the other day for £3 and I haven't seen it anything like that cheap anywhere else.
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    As a general rule you can have a billing address and a delivery address but a foreign delivery address might cause a problem.

    Bri
  9. almightygoodgod

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    That's about what you would be paying for a similar property on the island over here, one of the reasons I live on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong!

    No Amazon are fine with it, before I got a credit card with a bank out here I used my UK CC with no problems.
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    Having the memory of a gold fish i was ment to pre order Tangled 3D so we could watch on a certain day.
    I spent a good 20 minutes looking around my local town before i finally gave in to buying it from HMV because the simply reason being it's £5 more than on line in store and man does that bug me,yeah some may say i'm tight and your paying for the convenance, but i spoke to the guy serving me and they know it will eventually put them out of a job,i guess it's a do or die situation,as if they compete on price maybe they wouldn't be able to finance the store and keep there jobs,a sad situation because as a consumer price speaks volumes.
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    Might in fact be worth visiting an HMV. Yesterday I picked up The Damned United - BluRay, WatchMen: Director's Cut - BluRay (in the Ltd Edition Dr Manhattan case) and Jackboots on Whitehall (DVD). They were £3 each!
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    Just got a 3D LG set up so trying to track some 3D bargains.But agreed always worth a look in the sales.
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    I got a LG 3D TV at Xmas. Last time it was in 3D mode was January :)

    Still, I only have one pair of specs :(

    HummerUK
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    It came with 7 pairs, it's the new flicker free cinema spec and so far i'm more than pleased.
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    Especially when you don't have one near by.

    :D
    Bri
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    Oh, that's nothing. I saw them selling the Harry Potter 1-6 box for I think it was £45 and the Harry Potter 1-5 box for £60. In other words, they were charging you £15 for one less film.
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    That is absurd.

    Bri
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    I've just bought The Breakfast Club on VHS from HMV, £26.99. Does that sound a bit steep? Now thinking maybe I should have looked online.
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    Ouch! That was released on Blu-ray just a few weeks ago with a maximum RRP of £13.99. Most online sites were selling it for about £8.50 on the day of release.
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    You got a bargain there.
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    That's what I thought. Next for Ferris Buellers Day Off, £19.99 has got to be worth while!
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    I went in on my lunch today for a laugh (Flagship Belfast store) and come out with 'Inception' triple play and 'The Town' on 2 for £20!

    A saving of £8.30 on Amazon prices, so there are bargains among the rip-offs!
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    I nipped into my local HMV and found these two 'bargains'.

    Friends DVD boxset...

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    ...translates to about GBP170.

    Also Sex and the City DVD boxset...

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    ...at a whopping GBP220!
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    Wow please get me one, I'll pay postage in old money or stamps :D
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    Was in Oxford street today -
    Season 3 and 4 of csi Miami - £5 each on DVD - pretty good me thinks!
    So then I planned on getting season 1 and 2 - £25 each!! Shocking!!
    Csi season 1-8 - £100!!
    Shocking!!
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    How about 24 season 1-8 boxset on standard DVD for an amazing price of £234.99 ! :eek: !

    Fantastic value considering I bought these for £15.99 per boxset 6 months ago from Play ...... What jokers :rotfl:
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    The HMV store at Gatwick (opens at 5am - thank God!) had a bunch of stuff at prices cheaper than available online. I got "Treme Season 1", "The Stanley Kubrick Collection", "I Saw The Devil" and "Witchfinder General" all for cheaper prices than were being offered by HMV Online and Amazon.

    It's just a pain not knowing as you leave the country what they'll have in stock and what they won't so you could pay the higher prices elsewhere for titles you really want.

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