the big boys HMV(+Waterstones) and Virgin are certainly peeing £millions away on the high street; HMV are even doing the rather wierd thing of selling (unsuccessfully) digital downloads instoreJust on the news now.
What with Silverscreen, MVC, Fopp, and Music Zone going I wonder who will be next?
On the rental side it is no surprise really. Compared to the online rental services the likes of blockbuster et al can have no hope of competing. £10 for unlimited rentals or £3.50 for a nights viewing. Tricky one that!
I own a Convenience store and I rent out dvds and I use Choices UK Local which is a part of Choices uk, I probably find out tomorrow whether it's just the high street stores that are in trouble or the whole company, but seeing on the news it sounds like the whole company.
So far everythings pretty unclear as to whats going to happen from here. Everyone working at head office is up in the air and the sooner the bosses let us know something, ie, if we will still have jobs, the happier everyone will be - one things for sure - theres a clear motto with some people already and that's jump ship and quick!!
My rep told me that the part of the business that we deal with is in profit but that their stores and web based business are losing a lot
We also have our own Convienience Store, and use Choices Uk Local to rent DVD's. We haven't recevied any changover DVD's or new titles, depsite being told all is well.
We've been in touch with trading standards, as we were waiting for a credit for some stock we had returned. We have also written to choices to cancel our contract, we we're going to do this in any case, as we haven't been happy with the service we had received.
In view that we haven't received any new DVD's or a monthly changover, we have stopped our direct debit. I don't think they will recover from this.
Unfortuantely I have no further news to report at the moment - however it is business as usual across the business.
Thanks for the info, it does sound like you are on a better system than us!. We used to buy our own, and we moved to choices as it did seem a better option, but to be honest it was a bad move. Personally we were much better of buying them.
I agree the worst thing about choices is not being able to choose your top titles, that has been one of the biggest problems we've had.
We have decided whatever happens we will pull out. We were definetly better off when we bought them outright. Thanks for the advice, and good luck. !