Tuesday, 15 January 2013
not just pressing the Paws button?
Another UK High Street bites the dust today, with the potential demise of the HMV record store, unless some kind of improbable further financial rescue is applied.
The HMV logo of the dog Nipper sitting on his master's coffin listening to his master's voice finally gets played out.
The modern looking partial reflection of the dog is also quite reminiscent of an iTunes or Media Player shiny logo. These, and other amazonian retail channels can claim the demise of record stores and now that network bandwidth has increased, the same applies to DVDs.
As an earlier indicator, the once thriving HMV store by Bond Street became a Footlocker. I suppose shoes are still something that many people want to try on first.
And few days ago it was Jessops the camera store and prior to that it was Comet, the electrical store.
The transition from shop to store to mall to out of town store to internet continues with just the rate varying by sector.
Already the USA has whole collections of web-sites depicting defunct malls showing the more pernicious decline of the retail experience. There's another site dedicated to the non retail experience here.
Some of those snapshots of UK High Streets may already be becoming historical artefacts.
Posted by rashbre at 11:53