Funny, you don't call into a shop for about 3 years and upon your return you find it has changed almost completely.... wait, it's not that funny really is it? noteworthy, yeah, that's probably closer to the mark.
So HMV, an old and venerable institution which may indeed still sell the odd vinyl record but now it offers more than music, there are books, ipads, Galaxy Tabs, kindles and every type of music accessory you could of think of.
Well worth a wander in, the selection is huge!
OK, its a HMV... they sell what you expect HMV to sell.
Box set offers in HMV shops can be great and I've bought plenty a TV series or two in this HMV. On this occasion I got the Bourne trilogy for 15 yoyos.... bargain and a Matt Damon fest was had over the weekend.
One other thing I also noticed when I was there last week (that I liked) was they closed the doors just before 20:00, their closing time. Not 19:45 or 19:50, while telling the shoppers already inside over the tanoy that the store is closing shortly and to hurry to the tills. But that's just one of my many bug bears :)
Also they sell creme eggs at the tills.... bold HMV ;)
I've been going to HMV for a long time now, too many years to count.
You can guarantee a few of things.
1. There's a sale on.
2. Its going to be busy
3. The staff haven't seen many years, but are generally ok!
They have recently expanded into Hardware to keep going and it seems to have worked out well for them. They have also kept there prices down.
A great shop for browsing I don't think there are many occasions I have gone in and not brought something.
So if you want a CD, DVD, computer game or even a book its not a bad place to try.
Obviously Amazon might be cheaper but its a lot easier to take stuff back to a shop!
HMV...hmm, what to say about you... In one way I love it, it's got an amazingly broad spectrum of music on offer, and vast amounts of other stuff too. But then it's always ever so packed and queuing up to pay seriously makes you contemplate walking out without bothering at all...especially around Christmas when ridiculous just isn't a sufficient adjective to use.
I do like what's in their window now, with 'inspirations' from various famous types...U2 are up at the moment, waxing lyrical about others' work - and how refreshing THAT is for a change!
They have improved a lot regarding their prices for games, has GAME and GameStop fun for their money. Just slightly dearer than sites such as Amazon.co.uk. My husband has stopped pre-ordering games as it's just as handy to buy them in HMV as the prices are similar. Instant gratification instead of waiting for the mailman.
Their blu-ray collection is fantastic and the prices are decent, just a handful of imported or weirder titles that are overpriced. Still good going though. We manage to get LoTRs bluray boxset in HMV when it was out of stock in Amazon.co.uk, what a big surprise and a big plus for HMV.
I don't buy music cds anymore, but worth it to go in and browse and almost always end up finding a bargain.
Their range of DVD boxsets is great as well. Christmas is coming around the corner, there will be walls of the boxsets all over the shop.
Don't bother buying Animé titles there though, better off online.
Definitely the best collection of blu-rays in dublin. And for just that alone, I'd give this store 4 stars. Its such a shame that other stores haven't embraced blu-rays as well as hmv.
The music section isn't great but it's been years since I actually bought a physical cd so it's not much of a bad point for me.
The games section downstairs is top notch and offers the best prices for pretty much every console. Some of the newer titles even match the online retailers like play and amazon for prices. And if you want to trade in old games, I've found hmv to offer much better prices than game or gamestop.
A few weeks ago, I noticed that they started selling MacBooks here too. I don't think they're the newer models but it's interesting none the less.
I'm not sure how to feel about HMV. On one hand, I pity them for being in a business that's been eroded by piracy and freemium services. And on the other, I dislike it as the massive retailer that's put countless indie shops out of business. Still, there are some things to recommend it.
The music section of the store has shrank to nearly nothing over the last few years, and been replaced with an emphasis on hardware and movies. For new releases, this is actually a boon, since HMV try to match Amazon's prices for the first few weeks. When you need to dig into their back catalogue, that's when the prices start to spiral out of control.
The staff are pretty good, and if you're looking for a gift on a budget this is a good place to start. If you like to geek out though, you'll find the selections a little lacking.
Grafton street would not be the same without this shop, its been there for as long as i can remember and its as much an important meeting point in the city as "under clearys clock" is. you will always see people waiting outside, huddling in the doorways of this store on a cold or wet day. insdie though is great, its organised really well and you know where you have to go to get what, i love that they never change it around.
my favourite bit is the tiny corner as you walk in the door on the left there is always a magazine or a book to look at and its always something interesting.
there is always a great bargain to be had on a DVD and i am sure its the same for music but who buys music in a shop anymore?!
if you are into games there is a great selection downstairs.
HMV is THE place to go when in search of anything music/film related - ie cd's, dvd's, box sets, music related books, video games, posters...
It's the biggest music store in the country and has the widest variety, so I would advise you to go here before you go elsewhere.
4 DVD's for €24? I'll have eight thank you very much. Games in the basement, music and DVD's on the ground floor and even more DVD's on the top floor-this is the greatest place in the world.
HMV hits a very nice balance between defining mainstream and catering for those of a more indie disposition. A rigorous vetting process(or 'questionnaire' as it's known in the industry) ensures that all the staff know their Garage from their House. Something that is very re-assuring in this crazy world.
All puns are intentional.
HMV has a huge range of movies, dvds and cds, but I mainly go to HMV for games. HMV tend to games cheaper than game and gamestop on the first week of release, i always check them out when buying any new games.
It's a decent place to pick up a bargain (DVD, CDs) every now and then.
They can't match amazon etc on range but one of the best bricks and mortar stores if you like games, music or films.
Does anyone else feel like their security guards are a bit...em...scary?
They follow EVERYONE around. I don't look like a thief but I always feel like I'm being followed in here. It's really intimidating.
Barring that, they have a great selection and their staff are always really helpful. I use it more as a place to buy technology now rather than music or movies and they cater well to this.
HMV here is the best! I love to collect CDs and DVDs so I still love to shop in HMV. HMV is probably the best price you'll find, you can get a variety of DVDs, CDs and games, as well as the few extras such as consoles, books etc. The great thing about HMV is that you can get lost in your own little world there, you definately are spoilt with choice, furthermore there are many offers and you can get most DVDs and CDs starting from £2! I have also used the special order service and I have to admit, HMV staff are the best in cutomer service. They'll find you an item, order it for you or advice you on any of the products. Also it is easy to get a refund, so no worrying about that. HMV excels in its products, great customer service and a great shop in its own rights. I love shopping here, do you?
HMV always have a great selection of the latest cds, dvds, computer games and many other electrical goods. The staff in this branch are very friendly and everthing is well laid out and easy to find.
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