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Old 21-11-2013, 19:34
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All UK stores to close.

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/all-b...t-down/0124686

Wrong business model. Shame.

Look out for possible fire sales for existing stock, especially games.
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Old 21-11-2013, 19:49
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That'll be why I got Bioshock infinite for 14 quid then.
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Old 22-11-2013, 01:21
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I'm sorry for the staff of course. I am not sorry about Blockbuster the company which used every trick in the book to shut down the independent video stores which abounded in the UK. What goes around comes around I think.
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Old 22-11-2013, 02:45
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Sadly this will continue to happen to high street stores... especially where games are considered.

Online retailers smash shops out of the park on prices nowadays, you only have to wander into your local game shop and see games priced up 10-20 more than you can find them online.
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Old 22-11-2013, 07:52
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Mmmm... toast

It's a shame for Blockbuster but it was inevitable I think. They failed to change their business strategy when they started to go downhill and now they're paying for it. To be honest I didn't realise that they were still around seeing as my local one shut down a while ago.
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Old 22-11-2013, 08:07
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It's such a shame to see a big name go down the pan, although i will admit that I'm surprised they have lasted this long with the way media has advanced.

Good luck to all the staff that work for them, i hope they all find new jobs in the near future.
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Old 22-11-2013, 08:12
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Online retailers and 'digi' downloads will cause the demise of most if not all games shops. The shops just can't compete with them. HMV will be next.
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Old 22-11-2013, 08:28
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They were rubbish and deserve this.
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Old 22-11-2013, 08:37
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Sadly this will continue to happen to high street stores... especially where games are considered.

Online retailers smash shops out of the park on prices nowadays, you only have to wander into your local game shop and see games priced up 10-20 more than you can find them online.
Until the high street shops have gone, then the online retailers can put their prices up. If it happens trade ins will be a thing of the past.
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Old 22-11-2013, 09:00
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I feel sorry for the staff, but Blockbuster bought this on themselves. They were quick enough to embrace DVD and Blu-Ray as they could charge a premium for them yet failed to embrace digital media in the form of streaming. By the time they realised it was the future Netflix and Lovefilm had the market sewn up. If they had been the pioneers of this technology (and I'm sure they had the offer) then customers would have stayed with them instead of going elsewhere. It's also hard to be too sympathetic when in the 90's they were the cause of hundreds of local video shops shutting down.
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Old 22-11-2013, 10:22
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Last time I visited BB it was about 10 years ago and it cost 3.75 for a rental, complete and utter rip off. How did they expect to stay in business with prices like that.
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Old 22-11-2013, 10:25
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Rental prices too high, plus ineviatable with being able to download and stream movies. Shame but it was going to happen in this digital age sooner or later.
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Old 22-11-2013, 10:44
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Although i'll be queing outside game next week for my ps4 i think the'll be next. I'm always staggerd at the price they want for things. Staggerd i tell thee!
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Old 22-11-2013, 10:52
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Blockbusters - useless - why.

1) First saw them in the heyday of video rental in the 80s, back in the battle between Beta and the crappy system.

Beta was still quite strong when they entered the UK market, but they never supported it, so I didn't use them.

2) Next took notice after the arrival of DVD, and yes they were just about the LAST place to start renting them. By then DVD rental was well established by other companies, we either rented from a door to door man, or bought them.

So basically Blockbusters tardiness meant that I have never had a reason to enter their establishment, so to be honest IDNGAS about them.
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Old 22-11-2013, 11:02
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People don't need high street stores for games or consoles. Supermarkets can afford to stock games cheaper as a loss leader in many cases, and online retailers can afford to make next to nothing on games due to not paying high street rent and rates.

Unfortunately staying in business is down to survival of the fittest. Something HMV, Game and Blockbuster can't compete with in their current guise.
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Old 23-11-2013, 23:37
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I visited my local store and got a brand new PS Vita 3G for 104. Sad for people losing their jobs, feel a little bad that I'm taking advantage but it was a cheap deal

The store was starting to look a little bare though, seems people are heading in for bargains already.
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Old 24-11-2013, 17:27
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I passed my local Blockbusters on the way home from seeing Gravity this afternoon.

Nothing of interest game-wise in the Everything Must Go sale. It's a shame because if they had The Last Of Us I would have happily have bought it.
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Old 25-11-2013, 12:13
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Used to work at BB years ago, had one shift where I worked 8-5 and only took 3.75 in that entire time. Surprised it lasted as long as it did!
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Old 25-11-2013, 12:46
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Good riddance to bad rubbish... Blockbuster ripped off their customers to death and they now get what they deserve.
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Old 25-11-2013, 12:55
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Blockbusters and others had no guilt or shame at all back in the day when they moved their video rental shops next to local businesses and ran them out of town. Not sorry to see them go at all, sorry for the staff yes.
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Old 25-11-2013, 13:02
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Bit of a shame really, as I must have 50+ Blu-rays from them using their Marketplace website. Most of them cost 3 or under usually as part of a 4 for 12 or similar offer.
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