MCV: Entertainment giant HMV is facing troubling times as the chain revealed that it is to close 60 stores (including some Waterstones bookshops) over the next 12 months.
Who actually goes to HMV to buy things that are 20-30% more expensive than online stores. Hell, even the supermarkets have better deals and prices. I got a chess book from amazon.co.uk for £3.50 which was £15 in Waterstones. Somebody needs to enlighten me because I simply can't work it out.
I only go there for an impulse buy. I get my games from Game (due to the points) and the odd bargin DVD since HMV is the closest store to get it.
@venatus-deus...I didnt say you never knew about business or anything. Im just saying its the reason why some stores are more expensive, also they have a 5 day release policy. If you order from their site, they send a game 5 days before release. I got black ops like 3 days early.
Their website has better prices than the stores. The problem with the stores is that each franchise has over heads, lighting, staff, rent etc... Thats why the prices are higher. Its a shame, because the HMV site has very competitive prices. The only reason I even use their site is because they are one of the few high street stores that support grime and urban music in the UK.
the store in brent cross retails the same prices as online online offers are their for the most part and i';d be surprised if that store closes down as its always busy
I'm fully aware the basic business rules of why their prices are higher and that their online service is better. The point is why do people still buy from the store in enough numbers to support hundreds of stores all around the country for the last 3 years while we are in a recession. Actually even the online store is more expensive http://www.amazon.co.uk/Son... compared to http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displ...
HMV over-charge and here's the best recent example, Fight Club (Blu-ray) £17 in HMV same Fight Club (Blu-ray) Play.com £8
Their online prices aren't too bad, just a pity their delivery is always painfully slow.
We had an HMV open up in my town recently, and I went to have a look the other day and found a tiny selection of films and games (granted the shop was small) but everything there was more expensive than at Asda or Amazon, so why pay more?
It's amazing they've managed to keep going this long.
noooooo i love hmv they always have good offers
All retailers struggle I wonder what's gonna be left in the shopping districts and malls 20 years from now.
High-Street stores need to evolve, or die. Anybody who knows anything is already shopping online, so why are Retailers always hoping there will be more morons each year who think they're getting a deal because there's a sale on?
Crap, I'd better spend those xmas vouchers then!
The best place to buy games are supermarkets, and DVDs and music are being killed by piracy.
The reason games are so cheap in supermarkets is that they sell them at a loss. Cost price for say, MW2 was fairly high due to Activision realising they could charge more, so a company has to pay that and then add their own margin on top, and I think that game was at LEAST in the high £30's (cost). Supermarkets were selling that for around £26 because they make their profit on all the food and crap they sell. It's technically unfair on the business in general because dedicated game stores for example just cannot compete. If HMV goes under entirely (which this isn't a report of) Supermarkets will be the only place not on the internet that you can buy chart items and stuff. Independents will likely pop up around the place but they won't be able to offer online prices so they won't do that well. It's an interesting proposition if we lose our last specialist high street retailer actually.
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