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WornOldMotorbike
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Just last week, the centre of the Toronto record-buying world finally went out of business. After 50-odd years, Sam The Record Man on Yonge Street finally closed. At one time there were over 100 stores; now there are two. The flagship on Yonge was indeed a shrine to anyone looking for brand new music, or music you simply couldn't find anywhere else. I could go on about the reasons for its demise, and there is certainly plenty of blame to go around. Not the least of which is the price of CDs. When you can buy a blank disc for 50 cents, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that there's some price gouging to get the retail price up to $15.99 or more.
But no one seems to learn their lesson. Now that online downloading is legal, iTunes continues to charge virtually the same price per track as you'd pay for it on hard disc: $1 per track. Nuts. No wonder kids are so happy to 'care and share'.

Ah well. Times change. Henry Ford could hardly bother himself worrying about what would become of the horseshoe industry any more than Bill Gates thought "wither the typewriter manufacturers?".
Lamentations are pointless for any other reason than nostalgia.

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Auntie Beryl
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HMV wants a piece of the action
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Diggedy Derek
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Rough Trade East is open. Had a look today- it's pretty cool, though still a work in progress. Massive shop, an area where you'll be able to hook up wi-fi to the internet, coffee etc, loads of tables, and the Rough Trade offices are part of the same open plan area, up a small flight of stairs. It's really cool.
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The HMV thing is on.
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Ibex Trounce
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So much for the flagship TCR store then.
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Ibex Trounce
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How much actual record shop is there in Rough Trade East? I suppose there'll still be Rough Trade prices as well... :-(
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Great. That'll be three HMVs in Nottingham, then.
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Will the 'venue/cafe' part of the Tottenham Court Road store re-open as an independent venue, I wonder?

I guess that the problem with the TCR store was that the ground rent must have been astronomical, but relatively fewer people must have come through the doors (possibly a function of the Virgin store being right next to the tube exits and nabbing the casual shoppers, I guess).

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Ibex Trounce
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How anyone could possibly be attracted to the train wreck that is the TCR Virgin Megastore is beyond me.

The problem with the TCR store was all the other stores Fopp had. If they'd concentrated on that alone and stopped trying to be Tesco it would still be open.

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also near the end the stock control of TCR Fopp was useless. lots of empty browser markers; they hardly had anything i came in to look for. in addition live music should be banned from record shops and kept in clubs where it belongs. half the fridays i go into hmv oxford circus half the cds are sectioned off because of some crap performance/signing by a third rate bunch of zane lowe rejects. are hmv so rich they're not bothered about losing money/customers? recent behaviour wouldn't suggest it.
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also near the end the stock control of TCR Fopp was useless. lots of empty browser markers; they hardly had anything i came in to look for.
Ah, that would be because the distributors were refusing to send stock until they'd sorted the Music Zone debacle.
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The TCR Fopp is gone. The Cambridge Circus one is *in theory* alive but I'm gambling the HMV computers don't do differential pricing; so you're getting Fopp brand at HMV prices.

Jesus keeps weeping.

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Alania Vladikavkaz Satie
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Tonght (well last night technically) the TCR branch of fopp has a huge metal "squat door" surrounded by sheets of steel boarding it up. Looks as if an old 80s style ram raid had taken place recently.
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The Covent Garden branch is open again. Anyone know what's going on?
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Yeah, it's not Fopp themselves but the shops are being run by someone else, I think it's HMV.
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