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Started by DesEsseintes on Sep 16, 2021 4:06:03 PM
HMV to open new Oxford store this Friday
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Tinymcsmithy - 16 Sep 2021 18:15:53 (#1 of 82)

Amazed about this and also their continued existence.

AlanII - 16 Sep 2021 18:51:20 (#2 of 82)

I honestly thought that they'd already gone bust.

Cordelia - 16 Sep 2021 20:35:35 (#3 of 82)

I think they’ve gone bust at least twice now.

Atticus - 16 Sep 2021 20:40:13 (#4 of 82)

They went into administration a few years back and someone saved the brand and some stores.

nemo75 - 16 Sep 2021 20:41:35 (#5 of 82)

Twice.

It’s just the remnant brand. Seems ill advised

Cordelia - 16 Sep 2021 20:43:50 (#6 of 82)

Just nostalgia I think.

nemo75 - 16 Sep 2021 21:03:41 (#7 of 82)

I was astounded that Topshop was worth anything. HMV even more so.

DesEsseintes - 16 Sep 2021 21:22:23 (#8 of 82)

It's worth its logo is my guess.

AlanII - 16 Sep 2021 20:32:58 (#9 of 82)

I think they’ve gone bust at least twice now.

Ahh, that would explain it.

kvelertak - 16 Sep 2021 21:05:19 (#10 of 82)

What are they going to offer, overpriced vinyl with MP3 voucher? Turntables? Event tickets?

bossab2 - 16 Sep 2021 22:11:06 (#11 of 82)

The 9,000 sq ft store will offer 16,000 products over two floors, with an entire floor dedicated to 5,000 different vinyl records.

In addition to vinyl, the store will also stock 5,000 different CDs, 3,000 films and TV shows on DVD and 4K HD Blu-ray, as well as 3,000 pop culture products.

Its a time warp from 2000.

kvelertak - 16 Sep 2021 21:15:17 (#12 of 82)

Fopp on steroids.

DesEsseintes - 16 Sep 2021 22:20:04 (#13 of 82)

Oh well just another Oxford museum then.

AdonisBlue - 16 Sep 2021 22:27:34 (#14 of 82)

A relative of mine manages a local HMV. For the past decade I've been expecting to hear it's closing. But it's booming. Sales of headphones, retro-record players, vinyl are what keeps it going. Collectors love to thumb through vinyl in the hope of finding a (physically) hidden gem. Internet shopping can't replicate that.

DesEsseintes - 16 Sep 2021 22:30:17 (#15 of 82)

Northern soul, or something.

Not that I disapprove.

AdonisBlue - 16 Sep 2021 22:38:54 (#16 of 82)

There's lots of blokes around 50+ who love to collect vinyl. But my in-law reckons the kids love it too.

What surprises me is the shop is still half filled with CDs and DVDs. I play CDs in my car because it has a CD player and it's safer than using online media when driving. But I've not bought one for years.

AlanII - 16 Sep 2021 21:47:07 (#17 of 82)

…it's safer than using online media when driving.

In what way?

airynothing - 16 Sep 2021 22:56:20 (#18 of 82)

Safer if your phone is the interface with your online media, I assume.

AdonisBlue - 16 Sep 2021 23:00:38 (#19 of 82)

Yeah it's an old (2014) car without built in internet, so I have to link my phone to the stereo then fiddle about with it to change the music. Which is dangerous and illegal to do whilst driving.

Ps when I typed that I knew someone would ask that question, no idea why.

DesEsseintes - 16 Sep 2021 23:11:14 (#20 of 82)

Vinyl is a man thing possibly primarily, though there are many may have no particularly fond memory of some of the scratchy crap record shops used to sell.

But maybe it's better now.

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