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MSE Blog - The death of the high street, and the rise of the £1 shop

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Hi all, this is a thread to discuss the MSE blog:

The death of the high street, and the rise of the £1 shop

"It's nearly the end of 2012, and for shoppers and their high streets, what a year it's been.

"We've seen the departure of Peacocks, the demise of Game and the downfall of Comet. We've said adios to JJB Sports, Past Times and Ethel Austin. And we've seen Clinton Cards, Jane Norman and Blacks face difficult and uncertain times."

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  • JimLad
    JimLad Posts: 950 Forumite
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    I did all of my Christmas shopping online this year. Its a first for me, but i think i will do the same next year.
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  • aliasojo
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    I was disappointed to see that Inverness town centre is now just a shell of it's former self.

    Many closed shops now and as stated in Martin's blog, Pound stores rising in their place.

    It's very sad, but not unexpected given the price differential between buying online and buying in the High St.
    Herman - MP for all! :)
  • NeverInDebt
    NeverInDebt Posts: 4,634 Forumite
    edited 21 December 2012 at 7:54PM
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    Its very sad but when times are tough many downsize and or make more efforts to find bargains. The shops have to adapt, they do have advantages get them today, see before your buy but and its a big but there prices must be similar to online.

    What does not help high streets is parking, being pestered by chuggers

    Some shops do have similar prices in fact you can buy online and collect in store for free, maybe thats one way forward.

    One disadvantage of shopping online besides the delay is the real stock showing, some online outfits like Amazon have everything efficiently run and you seldom have issues with them apart from there sneaky are putting prices up or down subject to demands and or competitors

    Comet is one example how not to run a shop. Aggressive selling of insurance, poor customer service, uncompetitive prices
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