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Not a massive surprise...
We had a place called Titles. Don't know if it was a national chain or just a private business. Was directly opposite where our local Blockbusters is now, weirdly (which used to be a Halfords, M21 crew).
"Get it first time or get it free, that's the Global guarantee".
It had an arcade out the back with PacLand, Nemesis and Double Dragon. Failing that I remember the days of renting videos from a bloke with a van who came round once a week.
only seemed to stop striptease, coneheads or monty python
always rented wcw vs the world and destruction derby too
Before that, a guy renting them out of his car boot.
I was only very young, but I remember it really distinctly. The doorways were arches, and the floor had stone tiles. It smelt funny. I think I was more interested in the big bags of crisps by the till.
Then when I moved there was another independent one. It also sold CDs, so I was very fond of it. It's now a shoe shop.
In recent years I've borrowed a fair few DVDs from libraries. They usually have a great selection, you get them for a week, and cost like a quid.
we had a place called VidBiz, I remember renting countless SNES games from there back in the day. Also, how come there's no renting video games anymore? That's something that's always bugged me.
they probably did, but I've not lived neared a blockbuster since I was about 17 so was never an option really. Plus apparently there's websites and lovefilm that rent games too, but never really looked into it.
the place renting out games near me was ALWAYS renting out NTSC copies though and would give you the adapter as well. no idea why
Get some Jelly Tots as well at the same time.
it also sold washing machines
Did you live in Tilehurst Smyth2?
My Dad wouldn't hire movies from Blockbuster after the other place went. I went without.
(not this specific one)
round the corner from me, used to have a great bad horror £1 for a week rental section, me and my mate used to get a pile out on a Friday and watch them over the weekend. We were 11/12/13 but my mates sisters friend worked there so she would serve us!
And before that I forget but I do remember the adult section was essentially like a cupboard with one of those plastic strip curtains that you used to get at bookies.
On a positive note my £60 Blockbuster fine is probably wiped now
so this was no massive surprise. It isn't just tinternet that have killed them as older people won't be streaming films most likely, either illegally or legally. It is probably cheap DVDs to buy, Sky movies, more channels on TV showing films etc that did it along with streaming services. Again a company that didn't adapt. They could have been first in with the online DVD postal services, they weren't. They could have led the way in streaming films, they stuck to smelly old shops with racks of films you have to go and pick up. Ah well.
like CEX. Do they pipe it in?
that've been all over those discs...
When you can buy a decent film for £3 from HMV (at least, you could), or do LoveFilm or similar for a tenner a month, or rent one from the library for a quid, I'm going to say it was 'too much'.
Still, sad for their employees and all. And a bunch of big units on the High Street that are going to struggle to be filled.
however they did have exclusivity windows on most releases. LoveFilm and Netflix you have to wait 2 months after release, and when it comes to pricing, Sky Movies is massively expensive.
Worrying times for the film industry, what with HMV as well. Supermarkets will always support your biggest three films a year, and now Amazon have the monopoly on indie/secondary titles they can price however they please.
more coffee shops and strip joints, the better.
except without the strip joints.
Maybe that's the future of shopping centres - indoor towns full of glass-fronted homes, possibly with an ice rink.
This'll be great.
and Timpsons (very handy).
We'll turn a Debenhams or John Lewis into a multi-level nightclub.
Because I smell, basically.
Ents on ground.
Go-Karting on level 1.
Living on level 2.
I could let you have QUIZ CLOTHING?
Buchanan Galleries and East Kilbride shopping centre, a fictional shopping utopia/HELL.
(More card shops and pound shops per square yard than any other shopping offering) and youve got yourself a fantasy deal.
I don't even get this. It almost sounds like one of those trolling catchphrases like ~race to the bottom!~ or we must respect other peoples cultures.
over the fact that, for several years, the likes of Amazon (also own LoveFilm), Play and TheHut have exploited tax loopholes, thus creating unfair competition in the entertainment sector.
The physical market is still huge, even alongside online competition, but high taxation (including shop rates) and unrealisic landlord rent costs put the nail in the coffin.
the answer to tax loophole exploitation is lower tax?
Loss-making businesses don't pay it.
But lower VAT, business rates and NI employment contributions could have eased their problems.
My business is High Street based, and all I testify is that VAT at 20% (which since the inception of DVD, Amazon and Play evaded), plus NI contributions and business rate increases do nothing to encourage a healthier high street. Add to that extortionate rents on retail premises, it's no shock to see these companies go under.
There is one only a couple of minutes walk from my house and I quite regulary use it. I prefer actually going to a shop than doing Lovefilm etc.
Why has no one waded in to take everyone to task for not sufficiently bemoaning all the job losses?
DEY TUK ER JERBS
then they asked for my mobile number for 'security' reasons, if there was a problem with my account, so under duress I gave it to them. A week later a woman called Carol called me up during the day to ask if I wanted to come and rent a DVD that evening. I didn't. Desperate times I guess, but made me go there less rather than more.
'did you ever watch the sequel they did to boondock saint? i think we've got it in...'
'fuck off carol, i'm not renting anything. stop calling'
fucking amazing being a kid walking around this weird dingy shop looking at all the evocative video covers, yr mum telling you to hurry up and choose.
and you'd get really brave and walk to the horror section, and you'd look at all this crazy shit and you might as well have watched the films after having peeped a glance at the crazy descriptive covers. i can remember being completely fascinated by the cover of bad taste....but then you'd forget about having just seen some weird alien thing flipping you off, return to being a kid and go rent fieval goes west or summit.
but then, as you got a little older, you'd push yr mum to get you more adult stuff. i can remember being, like, nine or summit...and begging my mum to let me rent the original judge dredd film. she wasn't sure, so she consulted the woman that ran the shop....and she was like, 'yeah nah...he'll be alright'....obviously just wanting my mums cash. but still, judge dredd was mine and my mind could be corrupted.
it's just not the same now with kids swapping bukkake vids on their iphones during first break.
judge dredd. ha! they'd laugh at my small victory now.
shit, sad days man. change and that, yeah? might go and write a blog post about how i once went to my local, *violently throws up on himself and wipes it in his face*
Who paid me £4 for a few used DVDs (what did I expect, a grand!) and then I stormed off and as I walked away said "This is a load of shit." God, I was a dick this time last year.
that's all that will be left.
All local community slowly beaten to death, a few rag-tag pound shops amongst boarded up parades. Everyone zooms by in their car to the nearest mall or out of town shopping complex.
We desperately need socialists running government departments regarding our town planning and the monopolies and competition commission...