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    The saving of the high street?

    Post by Li 150 on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 7:54 am

    High streets to become 'pre-Amazon retro tourist attractions'

    23-01-13

    THE future of high streets is as nostalgic ‘pre-Amazon’ tourist attractions, it has been claimed.

    It’s like the internet but in buildings

    High streets across the UK are being re-branded as Noughties Land
    theme parks, with a £12 entrance fee to ‘discover the bygone world of
    manual shopping’.

    The themed attractions feature ‘souvenir shops’ including Virgin and Dixons.

    Eleanor Shaw, a visitor to Noughties Land in Swindon said: “I just
    bought a Lighthouse Family CD reduced from £18.99 to £17.99, like my
    grandparents probably did.

    “I keep looking at the disc, trying to see the music.”

    Noughties Land manager Stephen Malley said: “Our visitors buy things purely for the novelty of the experience.

    “They’ll pick a book at random and then awkwardly hand the assistant a bundle of notes, slightly afraid to make eye contact.”

    Father-of-two Roy Hobbs said: “I used to hate these places but now I’m nostalgic for any kind of human interaction.

    “Manual shopping is a great test of your verbal skills. It also
    proves you don’t have to do everything on computers, because the world
    is like a screen you can walk into.”


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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Mucker1884 on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 8:02 am

    "...because the world
    is like a screen you can walk into.”




    :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:

    Brilliant!!
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by MadAmster on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 8:14 am

    Over here shops are being advised to follow the lead of bars by diversifying. Open a coffee corner in your shop or rent space out to a hairdresser or manicurist or pedicurist etc.

    It seems the only way to save the High Street. Footfall is dropping and window shopping has become size shopping. Although many online shops allow free returns, many find the bother of returning time consuming. They now go into town, find the shoes/clothes they want and try them on for size. They then know they need a 9 1/2 or a 36 inch waist with 32 inch inside leg. They then order them online, cheaper, and they know they'll fit.

    What the real answer is, is as yet unknown. Over here there is a company that owns 3 chains of shoe shops that is in grave danger of going to the wall. This, despite having their entire range also available online. About 20% of their shops have been closed already and if things dont improve soon, the rest will follow and only the online business will remain.
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by CornwallRam on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 8:40 am

    I can't think why anyone wouldn't want to shop on the high street.

    The pure pleasure of getting stuck in traffic driving there, paying a sizeable sum to park, finding that the shops don't actually stock what you want but do have something similar for twice the price that you can pay over the internet, get accosted by a begger, get hassled by a charity worker - 'don't you want to save the planet?' and then turn your ankle where no one has bothered to replace the block paving that came loose three years ago.

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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Mucker1884 on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 9:28 am

    MadAmster wrote:...... Over here there is a company that owns 3 chains of shoe shops that is in grave danger of going to the wall. This, despite having their entire range also available online. About 20% of their shops have been closed already and if things dont improve soon, the rest will follow and only the online business will remain.

    Have they tried selling leather ones? What with the price of mahogany being what it is!!! :whis:
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by New England Ram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 12:36 pm

    Funny but sad.....I can see Cornwalls argument ....but find it sad that its been allowed to get that way.
    Have to admit on my trips to town last time I was home...mostly mid week when the good folk were working...I was pretty dismayed to see how many scumbags were wandering around...even left from buying a pair of trainers because of a horrible trio of scum that set up camp next to me ....
    Town was always such a great social event....get down do the shop things and always run into a bunch of folk you know....between texting and email....pubs closing down and folk drinking at home and online shopping...it makes me wonder about social skills of the next generation and where they will be...yes there does seem to be a lot of scum out there these days...but I have to believe the good folk still out number the bad....but it seems most of us are guilty of retreating and taking the easy way out which in some ways I guess is understandable.......
    Shame that none of the so called leaders of society ever seem to be smart enough to look ahead and see the big picture.



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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Loughborough Ram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    I buy nothing on line at all. I like to see something, pick it up, feel the quality and the sooner the rest of you online f*ckers clear off and leave me to it the better, at least then there will be no queues.

    Online shopping is shopping for the non discerning, order something, when it arrives, have a look at it and send it back if you don't like it, yeeeuuuk, nasty.
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Charingworth Ram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 4:03 pm

    Its what is convenient to the consumer that counts some of us have proper jobs and work all day so having online facilities comes in very handy.

    My wife and daughter work in retail but still do part of their shopping online.
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Loughborough Ram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 4:05 pm

    Proper jobs? I've seen you, you always have time for an hours chat, holding me up, that's not a proper job
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Charingworth Ram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 4:07 pm

    Loughborough Ram wrote:Proper jobs? I've seen you, you always have time for an hours chat, holding me up, that's not a proper job

    You can when you run your own business , whats the point in having a dog and barking yourself....... Oh fuck sore point dogs and postmen :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Loughborough Ram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 4:08 pm

    I get on with all dogs, as my romantic history will testify
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Charingworth Ram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 4:12 pm

    Loughborough Ram wrote:I get on with all dogs, as my romantic history will testify

    Only young pups as romantic history will testify :lipsealed: :whis:
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by CornwallRam on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 5:00 pm

    Loughborough Ram wrote:I buy nothing on line at all. I like to see something, pick it up, feel the quality and the sooner the rest of you online f*ckers clear off and leave me to it the better, at least then there will be no queues.

    Online shopping is shopping for the non discerning, order something, when it arrives, have a look at it and send it back if you don't like it, yeeeuuuk, nasty.

    So you buy a lot of kebabs, clothes from charity shops and coffee then. :suspect:
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by yakka banovic on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 6:36 pm

    My local town Stabbo,shit hole I may add is over run with charity shops,take aways and hairdressers/barbers,the little independant shops are all closing due to the fact the local council have introduced car parking charges,who the feck is gonna pay when you can go to Asda ,Tesco free parking and cheaper products.

    The high street has add it in it's present format along with the traditional boozer i'm afraid.
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by RRC on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 7:15 pm

    The supermarkets and chain stores are just as responsible as the internet for
    killing off High Street shopping - in fact, they started it.

    First they put the independent grocery shops out of business by undercutting them.
    Then they stocked all kinds of non-grocery items - kitchenware, books, cds,
    electrical goods, clothing etc - undercutting most of the other types of shop.
    Once they'd got rid of most of the specialty shops, the choices became very
    limited - the same, safe, bland stuff, much of it own brand.

    If you want a wide range of goods that reflects what's available, the choices are
    travel to a really big city or use the internet.



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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by New England Ram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 7:43 pm

    RRC wrote:The supermarkets and chain stores are just as responsible as the internet for
    killing off High Street shopping - in fact, they started it.

    First they put the independent grocery shops out of business by undercutting them.
    Then they stocked all kinds of non-grocery items - kitchenware, books, cds,
    electrical goods, clothing etc - undercutting most of the other types of shop.
    Once they'd got rid of most of the specialty shops, the choices became very
    limited - the same, safe, bland stuff, much of it own brand.


    If you want a wide range of goods that reflects what's available, the choices are
    travel to a really big city or use the internet.
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by robtheglostaram on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 9:08 pm

    I do both. If I want a top, I will shop online in the sale section usually - lots to compare and lots more variety. If I was going to buy a TV, I would probably go in, look at all of them in the shops and see if it is online cheaper.

    Until prices level off the internet will rule supreme. Prime example - the BluRay player I wanted was an extra 90 pounds on the high street. With a little online comparison, and using a discount code, I am much better off financially! Why wouldn't you?

    I would always buy some things in the 'flesh' though, for example a suit.
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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by Li 150 on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 9:19 pm

    and it's getting feckin harder to shop lift, what with all the fat bastard staying at home and shopping on line, no fecker left to hide behind



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    Re: The saving of the high street?

    Post by MadAmster on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 1:34 pm

    Here's why the High Street is dying a death.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch.

    Dutch shops charge between €230 and €300 for the 8GB with a micro SD slot for a max of 32GB extra(the MSD card is extra).
    Online 200 to 300 for a variety of new and used examples.

    I get mine next Friday. Bought online for me by mate of mine in Toronto. Cost CAD 159,99 (€120) plus an extra €16 for the 32GB Micro SD card.

    Saved mesen >100 notes by buying online in Canada. Would have been less of a saving if I'd bought it mesen as I'd have to pay to have it shipped out and pay tax on it as well. As it is, I'm quids in :)

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