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ORAC
16th Jan 2013, 13:24
Blockbuster UK (DVD/BluRay rental) also gone to the wall and administrators called in.

Tableview
16th Jan 2013, 13:27
Damn, and I meant to return their DVD on Friday.

Big Tudor
16th Jan 2013, 14:49
So that's JJB Sports, Game, Blacks, Comet, Jessups, HMV & now Blockbuster gone (or going) within a very short space of time. Is this an indication of continuing hard times in the economy, or a sign of a culture shift in shopping methods? Research shows on-line purchases were up 17% for Christmas 2012 compared to last year. Are we becoming a nation of internet shoppers? If so is there any future for the high street (or for that matter the out of town retail parks)?

Tableview
16th Jan 2013, 14:56
I wonder if in respect of HMV and Blockbuster, illegal downloading is a factor. I am shocked at the number of normally honest people amongst my circle who won't accept that illegal downloading of intellectual material is theft.

22 Degree Halo
16th Jan 2013, 17:54
As one who works in the parcel logistics business, online shopping is massive right now and unquestionably killing high street stores. Soon the High Streets will be filled with luxury appartments as stores continue to close and developers seeks ways to make the high streets less ugly.

The late XV105
16th Jan 2013, 18:12
I admit. It's all my fault.

I drove past a branch of Blockbusters a couple of weeks ago and said to my wife "Gosh, do they really still exist. They look open to me. Can't be long though before the bell chimes 'Time'".

Saintsman
16th Jan 2013, 18:38
Internet shopping is all very well but the downside is that you have to have someone at home to collect the parcel.

Not so usual these days, so you have to hope that they will redeliver in the evening or the weekend, otherwise its a trip to courier's depot and usually they are not local.

racedo
16th Jan 2013, 19:06
Internet shopping is all very well but the downside is that you have to have someone at home to collect the parcel.

Not so usual these days, so you have to hope that they will redeliver in the evening or the weekend, otherwise its a trip to courier's depot and usually they are not local.

Amazon use Coop as a left parcel area and there are a number of options in the pipeline for secure parcel reception at home.

G-CPTN
16th Jan 2013, 19:09
Some suppliers will deliver to local shops (there may be a charge for this service payable on collection).

stuckgear
16th Jan 2013, 20:12
i'm suprised blockbuster lasted as long as they did..

why rent a dvd for 7 quid, when you can buy it on-line for half that.

as a touch of nostalgia.. remember when renting a VHS cassette and finding out the last renter hadntt rewound it.. or messing about with the tracking at the start of a rental video?

Temp Spike
17th Jan 2013, 01:07
Soon a chip will be planted into each citizen's head by corporate mandate. On that chip will be your entertainment for life, with you bank account pre-programmed payments to corporate HQ, (including corporate windfall profit increases), on a life time schedule. Your government will be weakened by republican anti-government politics and thus unable to prevent the free and uninhibited sucking dry your life, wealth, and, sacred honor to free enterprise as described and abetted by His Majesty Rush Limpballs, major share-holder at millions per year from the corporate and gun lobbies.

CargoMatatu
17th Jan 2013, 07:45
Not wholly sympathetic to Blockbuster I have to say.

Their business model was clearly flawed.

I remember, back when we lived in the U of K, one Christmas my parents sent my (then) young son a Blockbuster voucher as a gift.
We lived in Bourne, Lincolnshire; my parents lived in Crawley, Sussex, where they bought the voucher.
The Blockbuster branch in Bourne refused to accept the voucher as it was bought in a different branch and could only be redeemed in the place of purchase!
Had to wait until we visited the family before my son could use his present! :ugh::ugh::ugh:

sitigeltfel
17th Jan 2013, 07:56
Soon the High Streets will be filled with luxury appartments as stores continue to close and developers seeks ways to make the high streets less ugly.

I am in the property development business and sadly many of those in the trade specialise in turning attractive areas into ghettos.

Carry0nLuggage
17th Jan 2013, 08:20
After a rush of enthusiasm for internet shopping to begin with I've drifted back to real shops unless the purchase will fit through the letter box. True, the eye catching price at an online store might be less than a real shop is charging, but like the loco airline model, once you add in the extras to make the purchase possible, the initial savings vanish.

Perhaps that's the idea. Make the punter think he's got a bargain while stiffing him for the rest to make up the difference.

When you add in delivery, "special" or guaranteed delivery, taking time off to wait for delivery, driving to some depot in the sticks to collect the parcel whose delivery you'd paid for, internet shopping starts to look very expensive.

Strat delivering outside working hours and I'll really start spending online!

Earl
17th Jan 2013, 09:30
Just what part of legal downloading movies is illegal?
In the USA and most of Europe we dont do this.
Go to Pan Tip Plaza shopping mall in BKK, or Mgadua Plaza in Jakarta,,tell me what you see there?
Even Saudi in JED at the camel souk.
Are these privacy and copyright laws only for us?
Even in Manila, pirated DVD sold outside major shopping areas.
These governments know this is going on.
Its in plain view.
Theft for us but legal for them and has been going on for many years.
All came from the internet,
In the usa blockbuster would rent a dvd and was not so cheap.
Lower the prices and many more would rent.
Otherwise good bye and rightly so.

Devon Flyer
17th Jan 2013, 11:32
IMHO i thought it started to go downhill when Bob Holness died

AlpineSkier
17th Jan 2013, 12:30
The Blockbuster branch in Bourne refused to accept the voucher as it was bought in a different branch and could only be redeemed in the place of purchase!

Would think this is usual for a franchise operation ( huge franchises like McD excepted )

Lightning Mate
17th Jan 2013, 12:32
Damn, and I meant to return their DVD on Friday.

So did I with six.

CelticRambler
17th Jan 2013, 14:06
Internet shopping is all very well but the downside is that you have to have someone at home to collect the parcel.

Not so usual these days, so you have to hope that they will redeliver in the evening or the weekend, otherwise its a trip to courier's depot and usually they are not local.

For this reason parcel drop and collect facilities are a growth area, using a network of small existing retailers (most open at least ten hours a day) so the customer can pick up their order at a time and place convenient for themselves.

bluecode
17th Jan 2013, 14:21
Internet shopping is all very well but the downside is that you have to have someone at home to collect the parcel.

Not so usual these days, so you have to hope that they will redeliver in the evening or the weekend, otherwise its a trip to courier's depot and usually they are not local.
Here in Ireland there's something called 'Parcel Motel' had started popping up. Usually in the local petrol station. Parcels are lodged there and you go around and pick it up at your leisure simply by keying in the appropriate code. Cheaper than the post office too.

Stuff like this is putting even more pressure on high street retailers. All these closures are merely the signs of changing times. Adapt or die, which is what's happening right now.

500N
17th Jan 2013, 14:28
Which brings me back to the point I made ineither this thread or another
one about the Internet in that it creates jobs in other areas.

One thing that gets me about retailers is they still think that if they put
stuff in the store and open the door, people will come in as opposed to
have to work to get people in the store.


bluecode mentioned the garage / petrol stations that had parcel collect systems.
Now if that is not a smart way to get people into your petrol station and
therefore might buy petrol and other things, I don't know what is.

racedo
17th Jan 2013, 19:05
After a rush of enthusiasm for internet shopping to begin with I've drifted back to real shops unless the purchase will fit through the letter box. True, the eye catching price at an online store might be less than a real shop is charging, but like the loco airline model, once you add in the extras to make the purchase possible, the initial savings vanish.


I grew up reading Westerns, think it developed my love of reading and in last 10 years reacquired my love for that genre of books.

Quite simply its impossible to buy these books in majority of UK book stores.

I can go online as last night and buy a dozen different books via Amazon across 6 different suppliers.

Spent 50-60 but no Bricks and Mortar retailer could afford to keep that stock in hoping a customer would order just this.