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I Went To HMV Today

What's for sale?

I went to HMV today. I don’t usually make unorthodox trips into Glasgow to visit an entertainment store, but if there’s one thing I’ll travel for, it’s cheap games that I’ll never have time to actually play. So I got on the train and then walked a bit to get to HMV.

This wasn’t the first thing I did today. I wish it had been, as then I’d have been able to pick up some real deals, ones which made 70% off seem like far too much value. But I was in class first thing, then had a presentation later in the morning (nailed it) and had to get lunch before jumping on the train. After 1PM, I got to Glasgow, and headed to HMV, ready to pick up some cheap games from the limited stock left.

When I arrived, it was an odd situation. People were browsing the games section alone, and in silence, avoiding eye contact with one another. It was downstairs, so it felt as though we were in the back section of a video store in the 90s. I’ve only just turned 21, so that’s something that I have no experience with other than what exaggerated sections of sitcoms have shown and jokes my Dad may or may not have intended for me to hear when I was younger. But now I knew exactly how it felt before the internet was so rife with filth.

But, hey, there were games! Lots of them. Although, all of them appeared to be either ’11 and ’12 editions of Sports Game, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions of Game Which I Already Owned On PS3, Past PS Plus Offerings, and approximately 1500 copies of TV Superstars, which has probably been traded in more times than it has been sold. There were no PS4 or Xbox One games left, and that’s what I had really came for.

There were pre-owned consoles, though. I have every console under the sun except the Xbox One. I have three PS3s in my flat, so another one seemed pointless, even for the low sum of £44. I nearly bought an Xbox 360 because it was the newer model, and I came extremely close to getting another Vita for £45. I have no idea why, I didn’t want to sell them, I just wanted a bargain.

So, HMV wasn’t the post-apocalyptic, fight-for-your-right to purchase a game on your chosen system at a discounted price mayhem which I had expected. People were literally driven mad with the lack of good titles. I even saw someone buy a full price Wii U in his silent despair.

I soon left that store, and travelled up through Glasgow to HMV 2. Yes, we have two here – while everywhere else is bereft of His Master’s Voice, we get two, and they’re within walking distance. They’re not as common as Greggs, of which there are sixteen on one street in the city, but it was a second chance. Maybe they had PS4 games?

No. I was being silly. I’d still go and have a look, but it was around 2PM and all the bargains had likely been snapped up by people much closer to the stores and with less things to do on a Monday morning than I, there was no chance.

Let me set the scene for you here: HMV 2, in the centre of busy Glasgow, has three floors. On the first floor is all of the promoted items, along with electronics, clothing and overpriced headphones. As you head up to the second floor on some lazy stairs, you’ll find Blu-rays, DVDs and anything else you can watch using your eyeballs.

And then, on the third floor, once you’re past the CDs you’ll find the prize: a wonderful gaming haven, stocked full of video games, posters and with even a place to play games with your friends for a low price.

I reached the third floor in HMV 2 expecting nothing, and that’s just about all I got. I know, you thought I was leading up to something about how their systems messed up and I got Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son for a fiver, but all they had was another fifty thousand copies of TV Superstars and more games which I already owned in one form or another.

There weren’t any consoles, either, and the “next generation” pre-owned section was empty. I have no idea what they’ll do with all that extra shelf space – how many more copies of the same game at a higher price than anywhere else can you fit there, really?

As I headed downstairs, I looked at the Blu-rays. Still fresh on the buzz of Gravity in 3D, I checked the price of Pacific Rim. They hadn’t stickered it, but I did buy another Blu-ray. Not a game, though, just a good Tarantino flick for £6.99.

I went to HMV and all I got was Django Unchained.

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18 Comments
  1. AddictedAndy
    PS3Addict
    Since: Oct 2008

    Perhaps it was all just a shameless piece of marketing to get people into stores to buy something completely unrelated…

    Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 17:11.
    • Blair Inglis
      hisnameisblair
      Since: May 2009

      oh my god

      Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 17:21.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Sucker

        Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 18:43.
  2. f4rgo
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    Sorry you didn’t get a bargain and I know it’s no consolation but that read made be chuckle at the end of a crappy day in the office, so thanks.

    Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 17:21.
  3. matthangzhou
    Member
    Since: Sep 2010

    Sorry Blair I’m not sure what this article is about …I’m assuming hmv had a massive sale (closing down?) or has the rock I’ve been living under become even larger.

    Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 17:31.
    • matthangzhou
      Member
      Since: Sep 2010

      Sorry Blair – missed the link to the original article.

      Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 17:33.
  4. JR.
    Member
    Since: Apr 2013

    The problem is that even when hmv has a 70% off sale, it’s still 50% more expensive than everywhere else.

    Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 17:48.
  5. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Sorry to hear that your experience wasn’t all it was perhaps hyped up to be Blair. Still, you got Django & that has to be worth the trip alone. Great film.

    I fared slightly better. I often frequent HMV of a lunchtime (killing time, spending money i don’t really have etc) so i was in there anyway & whilst i am not a huge COD fan, i picked up Black Ops 2 for a fiver, which i didn’t feel was too bad.

    Everything else was pretty much as you mentioned above though. Played or no desire to play.

    Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 18:04.
  6. suck69
    Member
    Since: Apr 2012

    I went to my local HMV on the way home from work in the Arndale, Manchester City center about half 3 hoping and clinging to the dream I may get a Next-Gen bargin and all I found was thee smallest section of shelf with a million and 1 Battlefield’s, COD’s and like you said a few sports titles for the years gone by. I did how ever find Boarderlands 2 would have been a few pounds after the 70% off but in all there chaos they could not locate the disc. So after 20 min and 2 missed buses home I threw in the towel on my dreams of a bargain.

    Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 19:41.
  7. LiquescentShadow
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    cool story, bro

    Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 19:58.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      :D
      (good to see you around these parts again)

      Comment posted on 10/03/2014 at 20:53.
    • jonny_bolton
      Chooses The Impossible
      Since: Oct 2008

      Don’t go in the forum… You might give some people a heartattack!

      Comment posted on 11/03/2014 at 08:11.
  8. AshCarhart
    Member
    Since: May 2013

    I work currently at the main one in Edinburgh and can 100% confirm that we stock 1 million copies of TV superstars aswell aha!

    Comment posted on 11/03/2014 at 10:38.
    • rob_b
      Member
      Since: Jan 2014

      Anything else? I might pop down on my lunch ;)

      Comment posted on 11/03/2014 at 11:22.
      • rob_b
        Member
        Since: Jan 2014

        Little left ps3 wise on shelves, saw someone stickering more stock though.
        Much left for the vita?

        Comment posted on 11/03/2014 at 14:07.
  9. jamro4163
    Member
    Since: Jul 2012

    Just come back from my local hmv and I managed to get God of war 3, God of war ascension and Fallout new vegas for £7.77 bargain :)

    Comment posted on 11/03/2014 at 12:31.
  10. muppetironman
    Member
    Since: Mar 2014

    Just went to my local, nothing great left but did manage to get Mario Kart DS, Lego lord of the rings, battlefield 2 Bad company, Black Ops Hardened edition, Fallout New Vegas & Call of Juarez for £20 :)

    Comment posted on 11/03/2014 at 13:20.

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