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Dozens of Hampshire jobs are at risk after Blockbuster became the latest high street name to plunge into administration.

The DVD and games rental company, which has 12 stores in the Daily Echo region, has appointed administrators after a period of poor trading.

The news comes after HMV took the same measures on Tuesday.

Staff at Blockbuster stores in Southampton, Eastleigh, Winchester, Fareham, Gosport and Ringwood now face uncertain futures as administrators Deloitte attempt to find a buyer for the firm.

The company, which has its main headquarters in Uxbridge, employs almost 4,200 staff in 528 stores across the UK.

Lee Manning, from Deloitte, said: “In recent years Blockbuster has faced increased competition from internet based providers along with the shift to digital streaming of movies and games.

“We are working closely with suppliers and employees to ensure the business has the best possible platform to secure a sale, preserve jobs and generate as much value as possible for all creditors.

“The core of the business is still profitable and we will continue to trade as normal in both retail and rental whilst we seek a buyer for all or parts of the business as a going concern.

“During this time gift cards and credit acquired through Blockbuster's trade-in scheme will be honoured towards the purchase of goods.”

It comes just a day after HMV also called in the administrators, following in the recent footsteps of Jessops, Comet and JJB Sports.

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2:42pm Wed 16 Jan 13

massimoosti says...

Its a real shame but could see this one coming as you can now either:

a) Drive to your local blockbuster, park, find the film, drive home and then watch a film on a scratched DVD.............then drive back to return it.

or

b) Choose a film with your remote on Virgin / Sky etc with preveiws....one click and for approx the same cost watch the movie.
Its a real shame but could see this one coming as you can now either: a) Drive to your local blockbuster, park, find the film, drive home and then watch a film on a scratched DVD.............then drive back to return it. or b) Choose a film with your remote on Virgin / Sky etc with preveiws....one click and for approx the same cost watch the movie. massimoosti
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3:14pm Wed 16 Jan 13

St Retford says...

I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet.

Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that?

The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((( St Retford
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3:30pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bernard7 says...

I still go to blockbuster, got a loyalty card and everything! This is a massive shame!
I still go to blockbuster, got a loyalty card and everything! This is a massive shame! bernard7
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3:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

sarfhamton says...

Who is next do you think?

WHSmith - not been to one since 1996
Clintons - Moonpig is easier
Currys - same business model as Argos
Who is next do you think? WHSmith - not been to one since 1996 Clintons - Moonpig is easier Currys - same business model as Argos sarfhamton
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3:41pm Wed 16 Jan 13

boobooj says...

St Retford wrote:
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-)

That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((([/p][/quote]Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-) That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button. boobooj
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3:44pm Wed 16 Jan 13

sarfhamton says...

Anyone remember Video Solent? They had a mini empire in Eastleigh and parts of Southampton.

There were put out of business by Blockbuster. Its all a circle i guess
Anyone remember Video Solent? They had a mini empire in Eastleigh and parts of Southampton. There were put out of business by Blockbuster. Its all a circle i guess sarfhamton
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3:48pm Wed 16 Jan 13

St Retford says...

boobooj wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-)

That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.
I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films.

Doesn't everyone?
[quote][p][bold]boobooj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((([/p][/quote]Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-) That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.[/p][/quote]I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films. Doesn't everyone? St Retford
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4:00pm Wed 16 Jan 13

sarfhamton says...

St Retford wrote:
boobooj wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-)

That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.
I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films.

Doesn't everyone?
Single then?
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boobooj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((([/p][/quote]Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-) That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.[/p][/quote]I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films. Doesn't everyone?[/p][/quote]Single then? sarfhamton
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4:43pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SO50 Saint says...

sarfhamton says...
3:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Who is next do you think?

WHSmith - not been to one since 1996
Clintons - Moonpig is easier
Currys - same business model as Argos”

Gotta be Clintons, especially as you have the card factory where all cards are half the price of the ones in clintons which is always packed and just as good
sarfhamton says... 3:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13 Who is next do you think? WHSmith - not been to one since 1996 Clintons - Moonpig is easier Currys - same business model as Argos” Gotta be Clintons, especially as you have the card factory where all cards are half the price of the ones in clintons which is always packed and just as good SO50 Saint
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4:59pm Wed 16 Jan 13

minnie64 says...

I thought Clintons had gone already !!!!!
I thought Clintons had gone already !!!!! minnie64
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5:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

kingnotail says...

Who even rented a DVD in the last decade?!
Who even rented a DVD in the last decade?! kingnotail
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5:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bighit2011 says...

Clintons has gone went before Xmas I think!!!
Clintons has gone went before Xmas I think!!! bighit2011
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6:17pm Wed 16 Jan 13

southy says...

SO50 Saint wrote:
sarfhamton says...
3:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Who is next do you think?

WHSmith - not been to one since 1996
Clintons - Moonpig is easier
Currys - same business model as Argos”

Gotta be Clintons, especially as you have the card factory where all cards are half the price of the ones in clintons which is always packed and just as good
Watch Staples.
[quote][p][bold]SO50 Saint[/bold] wrote: sarfhamton says... 3:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13 Who is next do you think? WHSmith - not been to one since 1996 Clintons - Moonpig is easier Currys - same business model as Argos” Gotta be Clintons, especially as you have the card factory where all cards are half the price of the ones in clintons which is always packed and just as good[/p][/quote]Watch Staples. southy
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6:19pm Wed 16 Jan 13

southy says...

The problem is a lot bigger than than the internet, very company is going to have problems, and the smaller you are the sooner it will hit.
The problem is a lot bigger than than the internet, very company is going to have problems, and the smaller you are the sooner it will hit. southy
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6:30pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
The problem is a lot bigger than than the internet, very company is going to have problems, and the smaller you are the sooner it will hit.
If Tusc can ban access to the Internet, the problem will go away. Stop living in the last century and accept progress as business has to in order to survive. How many Blacksmiths and Saddle-Makers went to the wall as cars became the new form of personal transport?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: The problem is a lot bigger than than the internet, very company is going to have problems, and the smaller you are the sooner it will hit.[/p][/quote]If Tusc can ban access to the Internet, the problem will go away. Stop living in the last century and accept progress as business has to in order to survive. How many Blacksmiths and Saddle-Makers went to the wall as cars became the new form of personal transport? Torchie1
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6:32pm Wed 16 Jan 13

anderoo says...

bighit2011 wrote:
Clintons has gone went before Xmas I think!!!
Clintons got bought ages ago saving them from liquidation. I do believe Blockbuster has been on the brink for several years, ever since streaming movies on the internet started. I blame Netflix and Lovefilm (Amazon). A lot cheaper than 2 trips to town by car for one DVD/Blu-ray
[quote][p][bold]bighit2011[/bold] wrote: Clintons has gone went before Xmas I think!!![/p][/quote]Clintons got bought ages ago saving them from liquidation. I do believe Blockbuster has been on the brink for several years, ever since streaming movies on the internet started. I blame Netflix and Lovefilm (Amazon). A lot cheaper than 2 trips to town by car for one DVD/Blu-ray anderoo
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7:00pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jonnyx says...

my experiences of blockbuster portswood recently

me at the counter with my chosen dvd: just this please

assistant: just this one film?

me: yeah

assistant such and such film has just come out, or how about so and so film we got that in this week.

me: no just that one thanks

assistant: if you get two you can have them for two nights.

me: no thanks

assistant: it's just with this one you can only keep it for one night.

me: (starting to get arsey) i only want to watch one film i'm doing other things tomorrow

assistant: so i can't tempt you?

me: you're tempting me to walk out the door without that film if you carry on.

assistant: ok sir there's no need to take that attitude i'm just trying to help

me: (inside my head) aaaaarrrrgggghhh!!!

me: (the next day) this film wouldn't play in my dvd player - it's all scratched up.

assistant: hey that's ok (big smile) we'll give you a credit.

me: (sigh)

the same scenario more or less has played out the last three or four visits.
my experiences of blockbuster portswood recently me at the counter with my chosen dvd: just this please assistant: just this one film? me: yeah assistant such and such film has just come out, or how about so and so film we got that in this week. me: no just that one thanks assistant: if you get two you can have them for two nights. me: no thanks assistant: it's just with this one you can only keep it for one night. me: (starting to get arsey) i only want to watch one film i'm doing other things tomorrow assistant: so i can't tempt you? me: you're tempting me to walk out the door without that film if you carry on. assistant: ok sir there's no need to take that attitude i'm just trying to help me: (inside my head) aaaaarrrrgggghhh!!! me: (the next day) this film wouldn't play in my dvd player - it's all scratched up. assistant: hey that's ok (big smile) we'll give you a credit. me: (sigh) the same scenario more or less has played out the last three or four visits. jonnyx
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7:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Lockssmart says...

I thought Clintons went into cigars?
I thought Clintons went into cigars? Lockssmart
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7:25pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Linesman says...

minnie64 wrote:
I thought Clintons had gone already !!!!!
Bill has retired after two terms, but Hillary is hanging in there.
[quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: I thought Clintons had gone already !!!!![/p][/quote]Bill has retired after two terms, but Hillary is hanging in there. Linesman
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10:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

derek james says...

St Retford wrote:
boobooj wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-)

That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.
I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films.

Doesn't everyone?
from what i've heard of you retford more likely to be quentin crisp
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boobooj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((([/p][/quote]Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-) That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.[/p][/quote]I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films. Doesn't everyone?[/p][/quote]from what i've heard of you retford more likely to be quentin crisp derek james
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10:28pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Jamez3000 says...

sarfhamton wrote:
Who is next do you think?

WHSmith - not been to one since 1996
Clintons - Moonpig is easier
Currys - same business model as Argos
WHSmith made £84 Million profit last year so there pretty safe I reckon! Same with Curry's (owned by Dixons retail group) made a profit of £70 Million last year.

Clintons were rescued last year by an American group who are turning round the chain.http://www.cli
ntoncards.co.uk/abou
t-us
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Who is next do you think? WHSmith - not been to one since 1996 Clintons - Moonpig is easier Currys - same business model as Argos[/p][/quote]WHSmith made £84 Million profit last year so there pretty safe I reckon! Same with Curry's (owned by Dixons retail group) made a profit of £70 Million last year. Clintons were rescued last year by an American group who are turning round the chain.http://www.cli ntoncards.co.uk/abou t-us Jamez3000
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12:12am Thu 17 Jan 13

St Retford says...

derek james wrote:
St Retford wrote:
boobooj wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-)

That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.
I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films.

Doesn't everyone?
from what i've heard of you retford more likely to be quentin crisp
Quentin Crisp was a fcuking DUDE. I take that as a compliment.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boobooj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((([/p][/quote]Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-) That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.[/p][/quote]I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films. Doesn't everyone?[/p][/quote]from what i've heard of you retford more likely to be quentin crisp[/p][/quote]Quentin Crisp was a fcuking DUDE. I take that as a compliment. St Retford
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12:13am Thu 17 Jan 13

St Retford says...

sarfhamton wrote:
St Retford wrote:
boobooj wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-)

That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.
I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films.

Doesn't everyone?
Single then?
Sadly not.
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boobooj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((([/p][/quote]Pthe fact that you don't know anyone who hasn't already seen Django is down to the company you keep ;-) That aside, illegal downloads are only a small part of the problem. Genuine internet and digital purchases from Amazon and iTunes is what has damaged retail stores. But thats just progress I'm afraid. Nobody has time to go and collect and return grubby DVD's when they can get them streamed or delivered the next day at a click of a button.[/p][/quote]I hang out with people who really, really like Quentin Tarantino films. Doesn't everyone?[/p][/quote]Single then?[/p][/quote]Sadly not. St Retford
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8:49am Thu 17 Jan 13

solomum says...

St Retford wrote:
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet.

Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that?

The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
Lol. An admission of illegal activity on a news forum wherby the owner of the news forum has your contact details. Wait for the knock on your door from the boys in blue.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((([/p][/quote]Lol. An admission of illegal activity on a news forum wherby the owner of the news forum has your contact details. Wait for the knock on your door from the boys in blue. solomum
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9:31am Thu 17 Jan 13

St Retford says...

solomum wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet.

Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that?

The internet has literally destroyed everything :(((
Lol. An admission of illegal activity on a news forum wherby the owner of the news forum has your contact details. Wait for the knock on your door from the boys in blue.
Yeah right...
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't know anyone who hasn't already watched Django Unchained on a DVD burnt for free off the internet. Given it's not even out at the cinema yet, how is Blockbuster going to compete with that? The internet has literally destroyed everything :((([/p][/quote]Lol. An admission of illegal activity on a news forum wherby the owner of the news forum has your contact details. Wait for the knock on your door from the boys in blue.[/p][/quote]Yeah right... St Retford
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1:09pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
SO50 Saint wrote:
sarfhamton says...
3:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Who is next do you think?

WHSmith - not been to one since 1996
Clintons - Moonpig is easier
Currys - same business model as Argos”

Gotta be Clintons, especially as you have the card factory where all cards are half the price of the ones in clintons which is always packed and just as good
Watch Staples.
Rubbing your hands with glee no doubt, gearing up for the spewing of more childish and misinformed bilge.

Argos are also going to the wall. It's sad, while there are those who pretend to care about people and the jobs they have in order to promote outdated politics (like you), consumerism is changing at a rapid rate and it only increases. The Internet is here and the High Street is already dead. Get over it.

I suppose if we took up China's laws on internet use, state censorship, that would make you happy.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SO50 Saint[/bold] wrote: sarfhamton says... 3:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13 Who is next do you think? WHSmith - not been to one since 1996 Clintons - Moonpig is easier Currys - same business model as Argos” Gotta be Clintons, especially as you have the card factory where all cards are half the price of the ones in clintons which is always packed and just as good[/p][/quote]Watch Staples.[/p][/quote]Rubbing your hands with glee no doubt, gearing up for the spewing of more childish and misinformed bilge. Argos are also going to the wall. It's sad, while there are those who pretend to care about people and the jobs they have in order to promote outdated politics (like you), consumerism is changing at a rapid rate and it only increases. The Internet is here and the High Street is already dead. Get over it. I suppose if we took up China's laws on internet use, state censorship, that would make you happy. Shoong
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