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Record Shops RIP ...................................

Discussion in 'music' started by dss, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect pfm Member

    Music + video exchange in Notting Hill Gate is down to one shop. Don't get there often, who knows if it will still be there next time?
  2. Mescalito

    Mescalito pfm Member

    There will always be a sub set of our species who will contrive to grab more than their fair share. It is the way we are.

    And don't worry, the planet will stabilise itself. And we will either adapt to it or go extinct. Just like every other species that has ever or will ever exist.

    The guy's daughter has it spot on.

  3. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    True, we will live or we will die, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it -- apart from the many things that determine whether you live or die.

  4. davidavdavid

    davidavdavid davidavdavid

    Records Shops may very well disappear. Quite possibly in our lifetime. Vinyl is not experiencing a resurgence in the mainstream. Some would like to think so, but is just barely becoming more prevalent in pockets of society.

    That the shops have lasted this long, is something of a marvel itself. From what I hear and read about in the forums, there are a multiple of shops closing for each new one which arises.

    It will be of interest to monitor those shops which opened in 2014 and how many are still in business the following year.
  5. Mescalito

    Mescalito pfm Member

    Oh, we are all going to die, Joe. Death & taxes......

    So, you might as well enjoy it all as much as you can whilst still here:D

  6. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I think the generalist record shop in your average town centre is (sadly) a thing of the past. I think there's still space for specialist shops in the right locations.

    I do wonder however if second hand record shops will become like many second hand books shops - run by retired gentlemen happy to return a small loss in exchange for somewhere nice to see out their days..
  7. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I've got 80 quid in exchange vouchers - better spend them quick!
  8. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Just heard that Haggle Vinyl, Islington is closing. Never found anything in there but still sad, I s'pose.
  9. Lucce

    Lucce pfm Member

    Proud to have been banned from Haggle for raising an eyebrow during one of the owners infamous rants
  10. johnfromnorwich

    johnfromnorwich even my wife noticed the dif..

    Fopp in Nottingham is going. Apparently they are planning to reopen, but no suitable premises have been identified. Some bargains - esp DVDs - but it looks like most of the stock is being redistributed to other stores.

    Plenty of building work going on at the site of the new Rough Trade store though. I assume they'll open once the students are back in October. Looks like a reasonably big storefront.
  11. adamk

    adamk pfm Member

    Counter Culture on Desborough Rd High Wycombe is closing its doors this Saturday.
    Popped in during lunch break for a rummage- lot of stuff half price.
    I remember its previous incarnation, Scorpion Records.
    Responsible for fair amount of my vinyl collection. Happy memories
  12. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    These two have been gone for a while. Black Market.
    MVE on Berwick Street.
    London is a changing...
  13. Minstrel SE

    Minstrel SE These go to eleven

    More closing down than doing ok then.

    We now have two used vinyl stores in Town but I cant say I like either of them. One is more under a retro banner with a smattering of radiograms, record changers and whatever used turntables he can get. The vinyl in both is mostly used and overpriced. I do object to a high price for a tatty cover and used vinyl.

    For example I dont think a tatty copy of DSOTM is worth £24.99. I dont care if its a first pressing or whatever.

    Picked up a new sealed Stone Roses lp and it was £34.99. I thought maybe not. Im not sure how far Im taking my vinyl enjoyment. So far I have managed to find a load of vinyl records for £1 each. I will buy a selection of new vinyl at rrp but I wont buying much used vinyl at the prices these people are asking
  14. The Far North

    The Far North pfm Member

    We had Imperial Music in Inverness, but a combination of tough times and a rent hike meant the end of the road in April. There's a cryptic message of something to come on the webpage, but no more info. Mark is a lovely guy and I hope it comes good for him.

  15. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Damn...is he the guy who used to be in Bristol? Love my trips to the Highlands partly for the record shopping.
  16. The Far North

    The Far North pfm Member

    He certainly is the guy who used to be in Bristol, but he was 6 years in Inverness until now.
  17. mmaatt

    mmaatt pfm Member

    I noticed the Music & Record Exchange on Berwick st has closed down when I last walked past there - according to the website they will be back in 2016.

    The only shop I use on a regular basis is Fopp as their prices are often reasonable. Others in London are ridiculously overpriced and often selling warped records into the bargain.

  18. kendo

    kendo Prussian bot

    A shame, that was a fine wee shop in an old arcade setting.
  19. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    In Bude the record shop had a 20% off closing down sale, owner retiring, mainly cd and new rock classic
    stuff. Did manage to get a Sleaford Mods lp for £11.

  20. Tbone50

    Tbone50 pfm Member

    It is surprising that we cannot seem to maintain a quality record shop that can cover most genres under one roof in this country anymore. I visited Amsterdam for the first time earlier this year (wonderful city by the way) and in the centre of the city they have a record shop which most of us in the UK can only dream of, it's 3 shop fronts in width and sells everything vinyl, cd, books and even has a coffee shop inside as well. They can make it pay so why can't we ?. If you go to Amsterdam do pay a visit, I bought a couple of albums there and the prices are very competitive, the coffee shop idea is something that I have always thought is a great idea to get more punters in, why has no one ever given it a go, even the dickheads that run HMV haven't managed that - why not HMV/Costa or HMV/ Nero or even better two smaller shops working together details + Concerto, Utrechtsestraat 60,
    1017 Amsterdam, Netherlands - check their website.

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