Blockbusters goes into administration

Echo: Blockbusters goes into administration Blockbusters goes into administration

DVD rental chain Blockbuster been placed in administration putting more than 4000 jobs at risk across the country.

The company, which has 528 stores across the UK, has called in the administrators just days after HMV and Jessops also collapsed.

Blockbuster has stores all over south Essex including Basildon, Billericay, Pitsea, Leigh, Rayleigh, Westcliff and Canvey.

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3:22pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Alfiee says...

How many more 2013 not a good year so far is it. So so sad. Three stores in a matter of days.
How many more 2013 not a good year so far is it. So so sad. Three stores in a matter of days. Alfiee

3:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

emcee says...

Not being funny but I could see this coming for ages. I am surprised they have lasted so long, especially in the face of "on Demand" services.
Not being funny but I could see this coming for ages. I am surprised they have lasted so long, especially in the face of "on Demand" services. emcee

3:52pm Wed 16 Jan 13

smiffy1980 says...

Any shop/business that sells products that does not need to been seen physically is going to struggle in an online world. People know what DVDs/Cds etc etc that they want and unfortunately these shops cannot compete with the savings available on line. Its a huge shame as these are the shops I remember so well as a teenager spending my pocket/paperround money on. I fear theres alot more closures to come in our highstreets.

Additionally people do not have as much, if any disposable income to spend on these products and this is also contributing to the downfall.
Any shop/business that sells products that does not need to been seen physically is going to struggle in an online world. People know what DVDs/Cds etc etc that they want and unfortunately these shops cannot compete with the savings available on line. Its a huge shame as these are the shops I remember so well as a teenager spending my pocket/paperround money on. I fear theres alot more closures to come in our highstreets. Additionally people do not have as much, if any disposable income to spend on these products and this is also contributing to the downfall. smiffy1980

4:03pm Wed 16 Jan 13

echoforum says...

next to go?
Millets...Southend branch is dismal
Maplins...tacky junk
next to go? Millets...Southend branch is dismal Maplins...tacky junk echoforum

4:19pm Wed 16 Jan 13

xxxdave says...

do not forget the Brentwood Branch.... Shame really. gone are the days of renting Films or games. hope the part time staff get re- employed.
do not forget the Brentwood Branch.... Shame really. gone are the days of renting Films or games. hope the part time staff get re- employed. xxxdave

4:24pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Sean4u says...

We need to get digital media into public libraries - available for free - as a matter of haste. It would attract people into town centres* and cost almost nothing. I'd also like to see a new one-shot commercial licence made available (perhaps from libraries) to make it easier for enterprises to try out '+movie' bundles.

I see no reason why any digital content older than a typical 'theatre preview' window or performing tour should not be made available in the same way books always were.

I feel sad for those people who are going to have to find new employment, but technological change has always had this effect.

*'Free' encourages waste - asking people to walk past town centre shops to fetch their digital content is a kind of 'cost'.
We need to get digital media into public libraries - available for free - as a matter of haste. It would attract people into town centres* and cost almost nothing. I'd also like to see a new one-shot commercial licence made available (perhaps from libraries) to make it easier for enterprises to try out '+movie' bundles. I see no reason why any digital content older than a typical 'theatre preview' window or performing tour should not be made available in the same way books always were. I feel sad for those people who are going to have to find new employment, but technological change has always had this effect. *'Free' encourages waste - asking people to walk past town centre shops to fetch their digital content is a kind of 'cost'. Sean4u

4:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

JessyJar says...

bit awkward... the rayleigh blockbuster told my brother he could have an application form when he was 18 years old the other day...
bit awkward... the rayleigh blockbuster told my brother he could have an application form when he was 18 years old the other day... JessyJar

5:40pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

where's the Pitsea one these days?

Last time I looked the unit where it used to be is, ironically, a funeral director now and has been for years
where's the Pitsea one these days? Last time I looked the unit where it used to be is, ironically, a funeral director now and has been for years Eric Whim

6:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

whataday says...

So sad Its getting to the stage where it will soon be easier to say who is left trading.
So sad Its getting to the stage where it will soon be easier to say who is left trading. whataday

8:54pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Sean4u says...

whataday wrote:
So sad Its getting to the stage where it will soon be easier to say who is left trading.
Eric Whim's comment above yours has the ring of prophecy about it
[quote][p][bold]whataday[/bold] wrote: So sad Its getting to the stage where it will soon be easier to say who is left trading.[/p][/quote]Eric Whim's comment above yours has the ring of prophecy about it Sean4u

9:15pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

BLOCK WHO ?
BLOCK WHO ? Carnabackable

10:49pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Steve H says...

This was coming, who these days, with 'On Demand' viewing, goes out to rent a DVD? With a set top box you can watch what you want, when you want, without even leaving your sofa.
This was coming, who these days, with 'On Demand' viewing, goes out to rent a DVD? With a set top box you can watch what you want, when you want, without even leaving your sofa. Steve H

10:59am Thu 17 Jan 13

perini says...

Surprised they lasted after the demise of videos!
Surprised they lasted after the demise of videos! perini

4:33pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

I'll be glad to see the one in Rayleigh gone, hideous shop front, bad for the town's reputation, as for the people going there and double parking, byesee bye...
I'll be glad to see the one in Rayleigh gone, hideous shop front, bad for the town's reputation, as for the people going there and double parking, byesee bye... Carnabackable

4:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

echoforum wrote:
next to go?
Millets...Southend branch is dismal
Maplins...tacky junk
Hope so...
[quote][p][bold]echoforum[/bold] wrote: next to go? Millets...Southend branch is dismal Maplins...tacky junk[/p][/quote]Hope so... Carnabackable

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