Dozens of jobs as risk locally as Blockbuster goes into administration

First published in News

DOZENS more jobs have been put at risk in Dorset after DVD and game rental chain Blockbuster went into administration.

In another big blow to the High Street, Deloitte, which is handling the administration, said the collapse was driven by competition from internet firms and digital streaming of movies and games.

It comes just two days after HMV also called in Deloitte to handle its administration. Last week, photography chain Jessops shut its doors.

Blockbuster has 528 stores in the UK, employing 4,190 staff.

In the Daily Echo’s area, there are branches at Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth, Wimborne Road, Moordown, Bargates in Christchurch, Blandford Road, Hamworthy, Wimborne Road, Oakdale, Ashley Road in Parkstone and Poole Road in Westbourne. There are also two in Wimborne.

With each store employing an average of eight people, that places around 65 to 70 jobs at risk in the area.

Nigel Hedges, president of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “Obviously despite the fact that Bournemouth’s trading has been, in most fields, strong over Christmas, January is always the crunch time and national stores that have failed and left Bournemouth were out-trading other places, but the national structures of these stores is not robust enough to cope.

“We’re very sad to see the narrowing of the High Street offers in all of our trading suburbs and the loss of employment.”

When the Echo contacted them, staff at two of Poole’s three Blockbuster stores denied that the chain was in administration yesterday afternoon.

Richard Wilson, chairman of Ashley Road Traders Association, said: “It’s a devastating blow. I feel sad at all the job losses and the loss of the company, but also the loss of trade is going to be devastating in Ashley Road.”

Bournemouth town centre manager Roger Parker told the Daily Echo trade in December had been "disappointing". You can read more about that here.

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2:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jeebuscripes says...

BOOM! Another one.
BOOM! Another one. jeebuscripes
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2:43pm Wed 16 Jan 13

John T says...

BOOM or BUST?!?
BOOM or BUST?!? John T
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2:44pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bosco1 says...

Not at all surprised, they tried to buy the video chain I once worked for "Apollo VIdeo" during 2001, then Blockbuster pulled out at before exchange. Sadly Apollo went into admin in 2005/6 so it was on the cards Blockbuster would follow, Sad for the staff.
Not at all surprised, they tried to buy the video chain I once worked for "Apollo VIdeo" during 2001, then Blockbuster pulled out at before exchange. Sadly Apollo went into admin in 2005/6 so it was on the cards Blockbuster would follow, Sad for the staff. bosco1
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2:46pm Wed 16 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess.

I wonder who will be next in line? :-(
Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess. I wonder who will be next in line? :-( speedy231278
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2:48pm Wed 16 Jan 13

social-poet says...

Another outdated and behind the times store. When will these guys learn that times and technology have moved on?
Another outdated and behind the times store. When will these guys learn that times and technology have moved on? social-poet
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2:51pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Piston_Broke says...

I'm surprised Blockbuster hadn't gone sooner. They, together with HMV and Jessops, were all offering a product that either there was insufficient demand for, or was readily available without even leaving home, or both. Blame the internet/digital revolution! End result will be thousands more claiming more benefits from an ever dwindling pool, with fewer and fewer contributors, and hundreds more empty retail premises. High Street retailing in this country is doomed.
I'm surprised Blockbuster hadn't gone sooner. They, together with HMV and Jessops, were all offering a product that either there was insufficient demand for, or was readily available without even leaving home, or both. Blame the internet/digital revolution! End result will be thousands more claiming more benefits from an ever dwindling pool, with fewer and fewer contributors, and hundreds more empty retail premises. High Street retailing in this country is doomed. Piston_Broke
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2:55pm Wed 16 Jan 13

social-poet says...

Piston_Broke wrote:
I'm surprised Blockbuster hadn't gone sooner. They, together with HMV and Jessops, were all offering a product that either there was insufficient demand for, or was readily available without even leaving home, or both. Blame the internet/digital revolution! End result will be thousands more claiming more benefits from an ever dwindling pool, with fewer and fewer contributors, and hundreds more empty retail premises. High Street retailing in this country is doomed.
Totally agree - and why on earth would anyone want to drag all the way through the castle lane traffic to the drab monstrosity that is castlepoint - with its broken carpark - and spend time in the grim HMV store where it is impossible to understand their filing system, items are priced incorrectly and no-one cares, to purchase something that you can order online from the comfort of your own home, for less money, and have someone bring it to your door? Really - what century are we actually living in here?
[quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised Blockbuster hadn't gone sooner. They, together with HMV and Jessops, were all offering a product that either there was insufficient demand for, or was readily available without even leaving home, or both. Blame the internet/digital revolution! End result will be thousands more claiming more benefits from an ever dwindling pool, with fewer and fewer contributors, and hundreds more empty retail premises. High Street retailing in this country is doomed.[/p][/quote]Totally agree - and why on earth would anyone want to drag all the way through the castle lane traffic to the drab monstrosity that is castlepoint - with its broken carpark - and spend time in the grim HMV store where it is impossible to understand their filing system, items are priced incorrectly and no-one cares, to purchase something that you can order online from the comfort of your own home, for less money, and have someone bring it to your door? Really - what century are we actually living in here? social-poet
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3:44pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Huey says...

social-poet wrote:
Piston_Broke wrote: I'm surprised Blockbuster hadn't gone sooner. They, together with HMV and Jessops, were all offering a product that either there was insufficient demand for, or was readily available without even leaving home, or both. Blame the internet/digital revolution! End result will be thousands more claiming more benefits from an ever dwindling pool, with fewer and fewer contributors, and hundreds more empty retail premises. High Street retailing in this country is doomed.
Totally agree - and why on earth would anyone want to drag all the way through the castle lane traffic to the drab monstrosity that is castlepoint - with its broken carpark - and spend time in the grim HMV store where it is impossible to understand their filing system, items are priced incorrectly and no-one cares, to purchase something that you can order online from the comfort of your own home, for less money, and have someone bring it to your door? Really - what century are we actually living in here?
I went to my local shop the other night for my tins of beer and was amazed to see they still stock a wide selection of dirty magazines.
Really? Why the hell buys them these days?
Puzzling.
[quote][p][bold]social-poet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised Blockbuster hadn't gone sooner. They, together with HMV and Jessops, were all offering a product that either there was insufficient demand for, or was readily available without even leaving home, or both. Blame the internet/digital revolution! End result will be thousands more claiming more benefits from an ever dwindling pool, with fewer and fewer contributors, and hundreds more empty retail premises. High Street retailing in this country is doomed.[/p][/quote]Totally agree - and why on earth would anyone want to drag all the way through the castle lane traffic to the drab monstrosity that is castlepoint - with its broken carpark - and spend time in the grim HMV store where it is impossible to understand their filing system, items are priced incorrectly and no-one cares, to purchase something that you can order online from the comfort of your own home, for less money, and have someone bring it to your door? Really - what century are we actually living in here?[/p][/quote]I went to my local shop the other night for my tins of beer and was amazed to see they still stock a wide selection of dirty magazines. Really? Why the hell buys them these days? Puzzling. Huey
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3:55pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bourne free says...

The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets .
They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !!
The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets . They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !! bourne free
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4:28pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Nickolai says...

All of you saying it's all old-fashioned to shop in the high street and what century do we live in etc have not got much to look forward to, when you are all automatons cocooned inside your houses never venturing out and having no social contact with anybody.
My wife and I have always tried to use high street stores and regularly purchased from HMV in Bournemouth and used Blockbuster in Westbourne. There needs to be something for everybody - not all want to just sit in front of their computer all day...........
All of you saying it's all old-fashioned to shop in the high street and what century do we live in etc have not got much to look forward to, when you are all automatons cocooned inside your houses never venturing out and having no social contact with anybody. My wife and I have always tried to use high street stores and regularly purchased from HMV in Bournemouth and used Blockbuster in Westbourne. There needs to be something for everybody - not all want to just sit in front of their computer all day........... Nickolai
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4:38pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

bourne free wrote:
The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets .
They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !!
Putting money in people pockets will not change the fact that the high street is a dinosaur of the past, the internet is the future high street, Sky tv have also helped in closing down stores such as Blockbuster,everybod
y needs to move with the times.
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets . They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !![/p][/quote]Putting money in people pockets will not change the fact that the high street is a dinosaur of the past, the internet is the future high street, Sky tv have also helped in closing down stores such as Blockbuster,everybod y needs to move with the times. Hessenford
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4:38pm Wed 16 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

So, it's all your fault then! Where else do you like shopping? I'll put a bet on them going bust next...
So, it's all your fault then! Where else do you like shopping? I'll put a bet on them going bust next... speedy231278
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4:41pm Wed 16 Jan 13

lemonhead says...

Nickolai wrote:
All of you saying it's all old-fashioned to shop in the high street and what century do we live in etc have not got much to look forward to, when you are all automatons cocooned inside your houses never venturing out and having no social contact with anybody.
My wife and I have always tried to use high street stores and regularly purchased from HMV in Bournemouth and used Blockbuster in Westbourne. There needs to be something for everybody - not all want to just sit in front of their computer all day...........
I quite agree,yes things have to move on,but i wonder how many of these people who think we should avoid shopping in the high street would feel the same if it was there job on the line,i feel for the staff,they are the losers in the end,the branch is Christchurch was excellent,run really well and it willbe a shame if it disappears
[quote][p][bold]Nickolai[/bold] wrote: All of you saying it's all old-fashioned to shop in the high street and what century do we live in etc have not got much to look forward to, when you are all automatons cocooned inside your houses never venturing out and having no social contact with anybody. My wife and I have always tried to use high street stores and regularly purchased from HMV in Bournemouth and used Blockbuster in Westbourne. There needs to be something for everybody - not all want to just sit in front of their computer all day...........[/p][/quote]I quite agree,yes things have to move on,but i wonder how many of these people who think we should avoid shopping in the high street would feel the same if it was there job on the line,i feel for the staff,they are the losers in the end,the branch is Christchurch was excellent,run really well and it willbe a shame if it disappears lemonhead
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4:44pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Nickolai says...

Agree lemonhead.

Hessenford - enjoy your life cut off from the rest of the world...........
Agree lemonhead. Hessenford - enjoy your life cut off from the rest of the world........... Nickolai
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4:45pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BENNY7 says...

Nickolai wrote:
All of you saying it's all old-fashioned to shop in the high street and what century do we live in etc have not got much to look forward to, when you are all automatons cocooned inside your houses never venturing out and having no social contact with anybody.
My wife and I have always tried to use high street stores and regularly purchased from HMV in Bournemouth and used Blockbuster in Westbourne. There needs to be something for everybody - not all want to just sit in front of their computer all day...........
Lets weigh this up -
High street:

Parking (financial)
Traffic (time)
people walking aimlessly (annoying)
Uninterested staff (time)
Waiting to be served (time)

You also can only plan to go shopping when you have AT LEAST an hour spare.

Internet:
Shopping at a time when suits you
more spare time to spend with friends & family (you know those people that REALLY matter)
time to walk wherever you like (beach??)

Now I do understand that some people do love shopping & its those that I really do feel for as it is then a social event.
But for those of us that do not enjoy it, its why we use the internet to make our lives easier so that we can spend our time doing things we love.

These company's had the choice 5 years ago to move online & invest in the future then they could have had a great online presence along with a great high street presence (cross branding). They chose to stick with what they know & it has cost them.
[quote][p][bold]Nickolai[/bold] wrote: All of you saying it's all old-fashioned to shop in the high street and what century do we live in etc have not got much to look forward to, when you are all automatons cocooned inside your houses never venturing out and having no social contact with anybody. My wife and I have always tried to use high street stores and regularly purchased from HMV in Bournemouth and used Blockbuster in Westbourne. There needs to be something for everybody - not all want to just sit in front of their computer all day...........[/p][/quote]Lets weigh this up - High street: Parking (financial) Traffic (time) people walking aimlessly (annoying) Uninterested staff (time) Waiting to be served (time) You also can only plan to go shopping when you have AT LEAST an hour spare. Internet: Shopping at a time when suits you more spare time to spend with friends & family (you know those people that REALLY matter) time to walk wherever you like (beach??) Now I do understand that some people do love shopping & its those that I really do feel for as it is then a social event. But for those of us that do not enjoy it, its why we use the internet to make our lives easier so that we can spend our time doing things we love. These company's had the choice 5 years ago to move online & invest in the future then they could have had a great online presence along with a great high street presence (cross branding). They chose to stick with what they know & it has cost them. BENNY7
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4:48pm Wed 16 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

I'm surprised Blockbuster survived as long as it did. Some might say the firm should have updated its business model, but this would have meant closing all the stores anyhow.
 
Either way, I feel sorry for the staff. I know what it's like, having experienced redundancy more than once. My only advice is to try to maintain a positive attitude and you should eventually find something else, which may well be better.
I'm surprised Blockbuster survived as long as it did. Some might say the firm should have updated its business model, but this would have meant closing all the stores anyhow.   Either way, I feel sorry for the staff. I know what it's like, having experienced redundancy more than once. My only advice is to try to maintain a positive attitude and you should eventually find something else, which may well be better. The Liberal
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4:58pm Wed 16 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

Huey wrote:
social-poet wrote:
Piston_Broke wrote: I'm surprised Blockbuster hadn't gone sooner. They, together with HMV and Jessops, were all offering a product that either there was insufficient demand for, or was readily available without even leaving home, or both. Blame the internet/digital revolution! End result will be thousands more claiming more benefits from an ever dwindling pool, with fewer and fewer contributors, and hundreds more empty retail premises. High Street retailing in this country is doomed.
Totally agree - and why on earth would anyone want to drag all the way through the castle lane traffic to the drab monstrosity that is castlepoint - with its broken carpark - and spend time in the grim HMV store where it is impossible to understand their filing system, items are priced incorrectly and no-one cares, to purchase something that you can order online from the comfort of your own home, for less money, and have someone bring it to your door? Really - what century are we actually living in here?
I went to my local shop the other night for my tins of beer and was amazed to see they still stock a wide selection of dirty magazines.
Really? Why the hell buys them these days?
Puzzling.
'Funny because it's true.'
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]social-poet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised Blockbuster hadn't gone sooner. They, together with HMV and Jessops, were all offering a product that either there was insufficient demand for, or was readily available without even leaving home, or both. Blame the internet/digital revolution! End result will be thousands more claiming more benefits from an ever dwindling pool, with fewer and fewer contributors, and hundreds more empty retail premises. High Street retailing in this country is doomed.[/p][/quote]Totally agree - and why on earth would anyone want to drag all the way through the castle lane traffic to the drab monstrosity that is castlepoint - with its broken carpark - and spend time in the grim HMV store where it is impossible to understand their filing system, items are priced incorrectly and no-one cares, to purchase something that you can order online from the comfort of your own home, for less money, and have someone bring it to your door? Really - what century are we actually living in here?[/p][/quote]I went to my local shop the other night for my tins of beer and was amazed to see they still stock a wide selection of dirty magazines. Really? Why the hell buys them these days? Puzzling.[/p][/quote]'Funny because it's true.' scrumpyjack
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5:04pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Allyssia says...

Well you know their major January sales indicated ‘75% off’ and ‘DVDs from £3.99!’ Went into investigate and it was £7/£8 for a pre-owned(!) copy of Battleship. And pay £3.99 for a pre-owned(WTF?) copy of something as old as Armageddon. That really is a sale in the style of Craggy Island!
Feel sorry for the staff though. Seems like the senior management who dictate ‘sales’ and prices need to be disciplined!
Well you know their major January sales indicated ‘75% off’ and ‘DVDs from £3.99!’ Went into investigate and it was £7/£8 for a pre-owned(!) copy of Battleship. And pay £3.99 for a pre-owned(WTF?) copy of something as old as Armageddon. That really is a sale in the style of Craggy Island! Feel sorry for the staff though. Seems like the senior management who dictate ‘sales’ [sic] and prices need to be disciplined! Allyssia
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5:33pm Wed 16 Jan 13

GAHmusic says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess.

I wonder who will be next in line? :-(
Spot on. Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops, Dixons are businesses that failed to adapt to a changing market, followed an outdated business model and seem to have been oblivious to the fact you could get a better choice for less money online. Argos however are currently changing their MO to an online bussiness and intend to close all high street stores in the future
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess. I wonder who will be next in line? :-([/p][/quote]Spot on. Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops, Dixons are businesses that failed to adapt to a changing market, followed an outdated business model and seem to have been oblivious to the fact you could get a better choice for less money online. Argos however are currently changing their MO to an online bussiness and intend to close all high street stores in the future GAHmusic
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5:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

BENNY7 wrote:
Nickolai wrote:
All of you saying it's all old-fashioned to shop in the high street and what century do we live in etc have not got much to look forward to, when you are all automatons cocooned inside your houses never venturing out and having no social contact with anybody.
My wife and I have always tried to use high street stores and regularly purchased from HMV in Bournemouth and used Blockbuster in Westbourne. There needs to be something for everybody - not all want to just sit in front of their computer all day...........
Lets weigh this up -
High street:

Parking (financial)
Traffic (time)
people walking aimlessly (annoying)
Uninterested staff (time)
Waiting to be served (time)

You also can only plan to go shopping when you have AT LEAST an hour spare.

Internet:
Shopping at a time when suits you
more spare time to spend with friends & family (you know those people that REALLY matter)
time to walk wherever you like (beach??)

Now I do understand that some people do love shopping & its those that I really do feel for as it is then a social event.
But for those of us that do not enjoy it, its why we use the internet to make our lives easier so that we can spend our time doing things we love.

These company's had the choice 5 years ago to move online & invest in the future then they could have had a great online presence along with a great high street presence (cross branding). They chose to stick with what they know & it has cost them.
Lets weigh this up?

Parking, white parcel delivery vans up on the pavement everywhere.

Traffic, parcel delivery vans and trucks tearing about all day adding to jams and pollution.

People walking aimlessly, relaxed shoppers.

Uninterested staff, you will get this when you try and change your internet bought item mate.

Waiting to be served, equates to wasting time waiting in for internet goods to arrive.

Also someone made the point that the government should put more money in peoples pockets, well if everythings supposed to be so cheap on the internet then surely people will have!
[quote][p][bold]BENNY7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nickolai[/bold] wrote: All of you saying it's all old-fashioned to shop in the high street and what century do we live in etc have not got much to look forward to, when you are all automatons cocooned inside your houses never venturing out and having no social contact with anybody. My wife and I have always tried to use high street stores and regularly purchased from HMV in Bournemouth and used Blockbuster in Westbourne. There needs to be something for everybody - not all want to just sit in front of their computer all day...........[/p][/quote]Lets weigh this up - High street: Parking (financial) Traffic (time) people walking aimlessly (annoying) Uninterested staff (time) Waiting to be served (time) You also can only plan to go shopping when you have AT LEAST an hour spare. Internet: Shopping at a time when suits you more spare time to spend with friends & family (you know those people that REALLY matter) time to walk wherever you like (beach??) Now I do understand that some people do love shopping & its those that I really do feel for as it is then a social event. But for those of us that do not enjoy it, its why we use the internet to make our lives easier so that we can spend our time doing things we love. These company's had the choice 5 years ago to move online & invest in the future then they could have had a great online presence along with a great high street presence (cross branding). They chose to stick with what they know & it has cost them.[/p][/quote]Lets weigh this up? Parking, white parcel delivery vans up on the pavement everywhere. Traffic, parcel delivery vans and trucks tearing about all day adding to jams and pollution. People walking aimlessly, relaxed shoppers. Uninterested staff, you will get this when you try and change your internet bought item mate. Waiting to be served, equates to wasting time waiting in for internet goods to arrive. Also someone made the point that the government should put more money in peoples pockets, well if everythings supposed to be so cheap on the internet then surely people will have! Telscombe Cliffy
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5:36pm Wed 16 Jan 13

GAHmusic says...

Judging by the comments here it seems to me we would be better running the country as I agree with almost everything said here and have to wonder why if a bunch of everyday people like us can see these things then why are those who could make a difference seemingly so blind?
Judging by the comments here it seems to me we would be better running the country as I agree with almost everything said here and have to wonder why if a bunch of everyday people like us can see these things then why are those who could make a difference seemingly so blind? GAHmusic
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6:04pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Adrian XX says...

bourne free wrote:
The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets .
They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !!
It's not for governments to give people money and the reason we had a banking crisis is partly due to lending too much to home buyers. A hefty deposit means they are less likely to default.
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets . They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !![/p][/quote]It's not for governments to give people money and the reason we had a banking crisis is partly due to lending too much to home buyers. A hefty deposit means they are less likely to default. Adrian XX
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6:05pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Andy G says...

I agree with everything that has been written but you are all missing one vital point. If these companies had moved with the times and other high street shops did then what does moving with the times mean?

It means mass job losses as it is all computerised, the majority of people they employ would be as factory packers or delivery drivers - all minimum paid jobs.

It sounds simple but the reality is it would actually make the economy worse as there will be much more people out of work whilst a small amount would get very rich.

The economy is like a microclimate, a small change can have a far reaching impact leaving it unrecognisable.

Time will tell.
I agree with everything that has been written but you are all missing one vital point. If these companies had moved with the times and other high street shops did then what does moving with the times mean? It means mass job losses as it is all computerised, the majority of people they employ would be as factory packers or delivery drivers - all minimum paid jobs. It sounds simple but the reality is it would actually make the economy worse as there will be much more people out of work whilst a small amount would get very rich. The economy is like a microclimate, a small change can have a far reaching impact leaving it unrecognisable. Time will tell. Andy G
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6:12pm Wed 16 Jan 13

GAHmusic says...

Andy G wrote:
I agree with everything that has been written but you are all missing one vital point. If these companies had moved with the times and other high street shops did then what does moving with the times mean?

It means mass job losses as it is all computerised, the majority of people they employ would be as factory packers or delivery drivers - all minimum paid jobs.

It sounds simple but the reality is it would actually make the economy worse as there will be much more people out of work whilst a small amount would get very rich.

The economy is like a microclimate, a small change can have a far reaching impact leaving it unrecognisable.

Time will tell.
Evolution or devolution? I tend to think evolution, I also tend to think that although tough a recession can bring much needed change to the order of things. out of curiosity can anyone think of something you can no longer buy today because no one could afford it anymore and I don't mean by brand I mean absoluetely not at all because no one makes them although people still want them but cant afford them.
[quote][p][bold]Andy G[/bold] wrote: I agree with everything that has been written but you are all missing one vital point. If these companies had moved with the times and other high street shops did then what does moving with the times mean? It means mass job losses as it is all computerised, the majority of people they employ would be as factory packers or delivery drivers - all minimum paid jobs. It sounds simple but the reality is it would actually make the economy worse as there will be much more people out of work whilst a small amount would get very rich. The economy is like a microclimate, a small change can have a far reaching impact leaving it unrecognisable. Time will tell.[/p][/quote]Evolution or devolution? I tend to think evolution, I also tend to think that although tough a recession can bring much needed change to the order of things. out of curiosity can anyone think of something you can no longer buy today because no one could afford it anymore and I don't mean by brand I mean absoluetely not at all because no one makes them although people still want them but cant afford them. GAHmusic
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6:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Selfconfessedgeek says...

GAHmusic wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess.

I wonder who will be next in line? :-(
Spot on. Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops, Dixons are businesses that failed to adapt to a changing market, followed an outdated business model and seem to have been oblivious to the fact you could get a better choice for less money online. Argos however are currently changing their MO to an online bussiness and intend to close all high street stores in the future
I agree with you to a point, Dixons Group are behind the times, are more bothered about selling extended warranties and treating their staff like dirt, but what ever they are doing, they are the only High street Electrical retailer that has remained this far, by rights they should have gone south years ago.
[quote][p][bold]GAHmusic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess. I wonder who will be next in line? :-([/p][/quote]Spot on. Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops, Dixons are businesses that failed to adapt to a changing market, followed an outdated business model and seem to have been oblivious to the fact you could get a better choice for less money online. Argos however are currently changing their MO to an online bussiness and intend to close all high street stores in the future[/p][/quote]I agree with you to a point, Dixons Group are behind the times, are more bothered about selling extended warranties and treating their staff like dirt, but what ever they are doing, they are the only High street Electrical retailer that has remained this far, by rights they should have gone south years ago. Selfconfessedgeek
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8:07pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BackOfTheNet says...

Surprisingly, some people prefer buying from companies that employ local people AND actually pay taxes on their profits.

I know, it's all a bit old fashioned for some of you to actually have principles.
Surprisingly, some people prefer buying from companies that employ local people AND actually pay taxes on their profits. I know, it's all a bit old fashioned for some of you to actually have principles. BackOfTheNet
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8:46pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

Nickolai wrote:
Agree lemonhead.

Hessenford - enjoy your life cut off from the rest of the world...........
Not cut off at all, less time spent trawling the high street give me more time for socialising, no money spent on petrol and parking leaves more in my pocket to enjoy socialising, discounted buying leaves more money in my pocket for everything else I enjoy doing, everything delivered to my door leaves more time for family life, I dare say I enjoy my life much better than people who trudge round the high street for hours when I can find what I want in seconds, yep, I think I will enjoy my life cut off from the rest of the world thank you very much.
[quote][p][bold]Nickolai[/bold] wrote: Agree lemonhead. Hessenford - enjoy your life cut off from the rest of the world...........[/p][/quote]Not cut off at all, less time spent trawling the high street give me more time for socialising, no money spent on petrol and parking leaves more in my pocket to enjoy socialising, discounted buying leaves more money in my pocket for everything else I enjoy doing, everything delivered to my door leaves more time for family life, I dare say I enjoy my life much better than people who trudge round the high street for hours when I can find what I want in seconds, yep, I think I will enjoy my life cut off from the rest of the world thank you very much. Hessenford
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9:01pm Wed 16 Jan 13

twynhamob says...

The printing press was going to lead to the end of the world.... the loom would kill jobs in manufacturing, the combine harvester would kill farming... the record would kill off real entertainment, I guess we will move on now as well...
The printing press was going to lead to the end of the world.... the loom would kill jobs in manufacturing, the combine harvester would kill farming... the record would kill off real entertainment, I guess we will move on now as well... twynhamob
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9:02pm Wed 16 Jan 13

gemlou06 says...

Such a shame, things on the internet i spose have taken there business eg netflix etc. I feel for all the staff with there jobs at risk.
Such a shame, things on the internet i spose have taken there business eg netflix etc. I feel for all the staff with there jobs at risk. gemlou06
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9:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

GAHmusic says...

BackOfTheNet wrote:
Surprisingly, some people prefer buying from companies that employ local people AND actually pay taxes on their profits.

I know, it's all a bit old fashioned for some of you to actually have principles.
Unfortunately principles dont feed my family and whilst I aplaud your ideaoligy I have to spend my money wisely and that means getting the best deal which is usually online now.
[quote][p][bold]BackOfTheNet[/bold] wrote: Surprisingly, some people prefer buying from companies that employ local people AND actually pay taxes on their profits. I know, it's all a bit old fashioned for some of you to actually have principles.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately principles dont feed my family and whilst I aplaud your ideaoligy I have to spend my money wisely and that means getting the best deal which is usually online now. GAHmusic
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10:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

mikey2gorgeous says...

Does anyone know the way, did we hear someone say?

We just haven't got a clue what to do!

Does anyone know the way, there's got to be a way?
Does anyone know the way, did we hear someone say? We just haven't got a clue what to do! Does anyone know the way, there's got to be a way? mikey2gorgeous
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10:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bourne free says...

Adrian XX wrote:
bourne free wrote:
The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets .
They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !!
It's not for governments to give people money and the reason we had a banking crisis is partly due to lending too much to home buyers. A hefty deposit means they are less likely to default.
Are we in recession ?
who can change that ?
And how do you suggest we turn things around then adrian xx ??
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets . They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !![/p][/quote]It's not for governments to give people money and the reason we had a banking crisis is partly due to lending too much to home buyers. A hefty deposit means they are less likely to default.[/p][/quote]Are we in recession ? who can change that ? And how do you suggest we turn things around then adrian xx ?? bourne free
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12:06am Thu 17 Jan 13

Adrian XX says...

bourne free wrote:
Adrian XX wrote:
bourne free wrote:
The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets .
They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !!
It's not for governments to give people money and the reason we had a banking crisis is partly due to lending too much to home buyers. A hefty deposit means they are less likely to default.
Are we in recession ?
who can change that ?
And how do you suggest we turn things around then adrian xx ??
I'm not sure it is within our power. There are economic cycles and much of the world is in an economic dip. The loss of "dead wood" businesses may well help us move on and compete better.
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets . They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !![/p][/quote]It's not for governments to give people money and the reason we had a banking crisis is partly due to lending too much to home buyers. A hefty deposit means they are less likely to default.[/p][/quote]Are we in recession ? who can change that ? And how do you suggest we turn things around then adrian xx ??[/p][/quote]I'm not sure it is within our power. There are economic cycles and much of the world is in an economic dip. The loss of "dead wood" businesses may well help us move on and compete better. Adrian XX
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8:07am Thu 17 Jan 13

Lord Spring says...

£2 for the lottery Camelot the next to go.
£2 for the lottery Camelot the next to go. Lord Spring
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8:39am Thu 17 Jan 13

social-poet says...

Hessenford wrote:
Nickolai wrote: Agree lemonhead. Hessenford - enjoy your life cut off from the rest of the world...........
Not cut off at all, less time spent trawling the high street give me more time for socialising, no money spent on petrol and parking leaves more in my pocket to enjoy socialising, discounted buying leaves more money in my pocket for everything else I enjoy doing, everything delivered to my door leaves more time for family life, I dare say I enjoy my life much better than people who trudge round the high street for hours when I can find what I want in seconds, yep, I think I will enjoy my life cut off from the rest of the world thank you very much.
Well said Sir!

Quick poll - how many of you people - who seem to be so altruistic about using local shops etc. - do your weekly grocery shop at a major supermarket? And buy milk there (instead of having it delivered by a LOCAL dairy), or meat (instead of using the LOCAL butcher), or fish (instead of using the LOCAL fishmonger), or fruit and veg (instead of using the LOCAL farm shop), and pick up your newspaper (instead of using the LOCAL newsagent) and then how many use the internet to have the supermarket items picked for you and delivered to your door? Years ago there were few supermarkets, now they are the norm. Years ago there was no internet, now it is much more prevalent. Don't give me all this jive about being cut off etc. you'll be telling me next that you don't use email, or facebook, or a mobile phone or watch TV or the like. ;o)
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nickolai[/bold] wrote: Agree lemonhead. Hessenford - enjoy your life cut off from the rest of the world...........[/p][/quote]Not cut off at all, less time spent trawling the high street give me more time for socialising, no money spent on petrol and parking leaves more in my pocket to enjoy socialising, discounted buying leaves more money in my pocket for everything else I enjoy doing, everything delivered to my door leaves more time for family life, I dare say I enjoy my life much better than people who trudge round the high street for hours when I can find what I want in seconds, yep, I think I will enjoy my life cut off from the rest of the world thank you very much.[/p][/quote]Well said Sir! Quick poll - how many of you people - who seem to be so altruistic about using local shops etc. - do your weekly grocery shop at a major supermarket? And buy milk there (instead of having it delivered by a LOCAL dairy), or meat (instead of using the LOCAL butcher), or fish (instead of using the LOCAL fishmonger), or fruit and veg (instead of using the LOCAL farm shop), and pick up your newspaper (instead of using the LOCAL newsagent) and then how many use the internet to have the supermarket items picked for you and delivered to your door? Years ago there were few supermarkets, now they are the norm. Years ago there was no internet, now it is much more prevalent. Don't give me all this jive about being cut off etc. you'll be telling me next that you don't use email, or facebook, or a mobile phone or watch TV or the like. ;o) social-poet
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8:42am Thu 17 Jan 13

Pablo23 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
£2 for the lottery Camelot the next to go.
I'm not doing the UK lottery any more.

If the urge takes me I'll do the Euro Lottery, £2 also but bigger prizes.

Not to persude you lot to do the same, I don't want to lessen my chances of winning.
****
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: £2 for the lottery Camelot the next to go.[/p][/quote]I'm not doing the UK lottery any more. If the urge takes me I'll do the Euro Lottery, £2 also but bigger prizes. Not to persude you lot to do the same, I don't want to lessen my chances of winning. **** Pablo23
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9:15am Thu 17 Jan 13

Ian_Steel says...

Everyone who works at Blockbusters should have had a feeling that this was going to happen.
The parent company (Blockbuster LLC, formerly Blockbuster Inc) in America filed for administration in 2010.
Everyone who works at Blockbusters should have had a feeling that this was going to happen. The parent company (Blockbuster LLC, formerly Blockbuster Inc) in America filed for administration in 2010. Ian_Steel
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9:38am Thu 17 Jan 13

bourne free says...

Adrian XX wrote:
bourne free wrote:
Adrian XX wrote:
bourne free wrote:
The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets .
They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !!
It's not for governments to give people money and the reason we had a banking crisis is partly due to lending too much to home buyers. A hefty deposit means they are less likely to default.
Are we in recession ?
who can change that ?
And how do you suggest we turn things around then adrian xx ??
I'm not sure it is within our power. There are economic cycles and much of the world is in an economic dip. The loss of "dead wood" businesses may well help us move on and compete better.
You seem to have negative approach to the problem , very keen to blame others?
The olympics and jubilee fudge over the economy last year , what now ,we are crashing ? The bottom of the housing market needs stimulating ,which will release funds further up the chain for kitchens-carpets- white goods-cars-extension
s, so on ?
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: The CONDEM party need to do something to put some money into peoples pockets . They need to pressure the banks to lower deposits for first time home buyers to stimulate growth !![/p][/quote]It's not for governments to give people money and the reason we had a banking crisis is partly due to lending too much to home buyers. A hefty deposit means they are less likely to default.[/p][/quote]Are we in recession ? who can change that ? And how do you suggest we turn things around then adrian xx ??[/p][/quote]I'm not sure it is within our power. There are economic cycles and much of the world is in an economic dip. The loss of "dead wood" businesses may well help us move on and compete better.[/p][/quote]You seem to have negative approach to the problem , very keen to blame others? The olympics and jubilee fudge over the economy last year , what now ,we are crashing ? The bottom of the housing market needs stimulating ,which will release funds further up the chain for kitchens-carpets- white goods-cars-extension s, so on ? bourne free
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9:41am Thu 17 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

GAHmusic wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess.

I wonder who will be next in line? :-(
Spot on. Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops, Dixons are businesses that failed to adapt to a changing market, followed an outdated business model and seem to have been oblivious to the fact you could get a better choice for less money online. Argos however are currently changing their MO to an online bussiness and intend to close all high street stores in the future
Argos is only planning to close 75 of its 700 stores over the next five years. In fact, it'd be nuts to close them all as they offer a convenient way to pick up larger ordered items if you can't stay at home waiting for a delivery. In fact, I can see Argos thriving as it offers the best of both worlds.
[quote][p][bold]GAHmusic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess. I wonder who will be next in line? :-([/p][/quote]Spot on. Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops, Dixons are businesses that failed to adapt to a changing market, followed an outdated business model and seem to have been oblivious to the fact you could get a better choice for less money online. Argos however are currently changing their MO to an online bussiness and intend to close all high street stores in the future[/p][/quote]Argos is only planning to close 75 of its 700 stores over the next five years. In fact, it'd be nuts to close them all as they offer a convenient way to pick up larger ordered items if you can't stay at home waiting for a delivery. In fact, I can see Argos thriving as it offers the best of both worlds. The Liberal
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12:23pm Thu 17 Jan 13

GAHmusic says...

The Liberal wrote:
GAHmusic wrote:
speedy231278 wrote: Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess. I wonder who will be next in line? :-(
Spot on. Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops, Dixons are businesses that failed to adapt to a changing market, followed an outdated business model and seem to have been oblivious to the fact you could get a better choice for less money online. Argos however are currently changing their MO to an online bussiness and intend to close all high street stores in the future
Argos is only planning to close 75 of its 700 stores over the next five years. In fact, it'd be nuts to close them all as they offer a convenient way to pick up larger ordered items if you can't stay at home waiting for a delivery. In fact, I can see Argos thriving as it offers the best of both worlds.
That is very true actually
[quote][p][bold]The Liberal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GAHmusic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Sadly, they're just another shoddy company that didn't move with the times and failed to clock the threat posed by internet based companies. More needless job losses due to poor direction, who will doubtless be the only people to get anything out of the mess. I wonder who will be next in line? :-([/p][/quote]Spot on. Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops, Dixons are businesses that failed to adapt to a changing market, followed an outdated business model and seem to have been oblivious to the fact you could get a better choice for less money online. Argos however are currently changing their MO to an online bussiness and intend to close all high street stores in the future[/p][/quote]Argos is only planning to close 75 of its 700 stores over the next five years. In fact, it'd be nuts to close them all as they offer a convenient way to pick up larger ordered items if you can't stay at home waiting for a delivery. In fact, I can see Argos thriving as it offers the best of both worlds.[/p][/quote]That is very true actually GAHmusic
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