Do you still use the high street?

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by Earfolds » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:49 pm

You're practically forced to go through the high street to get to the train station in Walsall, so I don't really have a choice.

The BHS that closed got replaced with a pound shop that only sold Christmas-related stuff, which itself closed in January. Sums up high streets in general.

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by still » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:10 pm

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Frank wrote:Merry Hill is genuinely one of the worst shopping centres I've been to now. So many empty stores. Intu are clearly charging far too much for rent to try and justify their ridiculous "investment" claims. "£100 million on improvements" and there still isn't a way through where BHS used to be to the car park. It's just shops moving sideways rather than anything new and decent opening up. Where's the John Lewis or House of Fraser or anything? A shopping centre needs a capstone store like that. The Bullring has Selfridges, Touchstone has John Lewis, Merry Hill hasn't even got a Sainsbury's any more.


Haven’t been to Merry Hell for ages, doesn’t look like I’ve missed a lot


I think there is confusion here. There’s Merry Hell aka Meadowhall up ‘ere in t’north. And then there’s Merry Hill somewhere down t’south.

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by Frank » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:12 pm

You northerners and your accents :x

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by Ironhide » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 pm

No, I very rarely go outside these days but don't really miss the horrors of high street shopping.

Internet shopping is all I need.

Also, I call MeadowHall Meadow Hell, never heard it referred to as merry hell before.

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by OrangeRakoon » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:18 pm

Majority of my shopping is done on the high street, although I also buy a lot of things from Argos/Sainsburys as it is near my work. Still bricks and mortar though!

Most clothes shopping I would never do online (with the main exception of T-shirts from places like RedBubble) and I buy games (which are my most common purchase outside of food) from shops whenever I can. Always enjoy browsing through Game/HMV/CEX/the local independent games shop, but of course the number one place to browse is Waterstones

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by Vermilion » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:26 pm

I mainly pop into Waterstones just to use their wifi.

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by lex-man » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:30 pm

My local CEX smells of stale sweat, not a pleasant place to visit.

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by OrangeRakoon » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:46 pm

lex-man wrote:My local CEX smells of stale sweat, not a pleasant place to visit.


The best way to browse CEX is from the outside window. No smell or bad music and the most interesting retro stuff is normally on display.

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by Preezy » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:50 pm

Both the staff and patrons of my local CEX look and smell like they've been dredged up from the nearby swamp.

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by Errkal » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:58 pm

I avoid shops like the plague. Internet all the way.

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by Lotus » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:05 pm

My local CEX doesn't smell too bad but I went into one in London once and it was horrific. Genuinely felt unwell after being in there for a few minutes. What the hell do they do in these shops? Why is it always games shops that reek?

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by OrangeRakoon » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:16 pm

Unsavoury sorts with their unsavoury smells, fencing their stolen games

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by KK » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:19 pm

Cash Converters isn't great either. Never bought anything from them (prices on most things are appalling), but they're handy for offloading stuff that would otherwise be awkward to shift on eBay (such as power tools or vacuum cleaners).

When it's 11am though and you're walking between Cash Converters, CEX, Chicken Cottage, another Paddy Power, pubs, boozers, dossers and beggars, it's really not the nicest experience in the world. I sometimes wonder what it must be like in more impoverished parts of the UK.

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by Gemini73 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:43 pm

Apart from our local comic store and occasionally CEX, rarely. I did buy an anime DVD from HMV last Saturday as I happened to be in town collecting a graphic novel from said comic store.

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by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:07 pm

My local town centre (Northampton) has been destroyed by years of extremely poor town planning and it's closeness to other large areas that moved with the times (milton Keynes, Leicester). we are a large town with approx 230k in, but our centre is a akin to a town half the size. Recently Rushden lakes opened and once the additional shops and leisure side is completed I can't see myself using my town centre ever again.

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by Trelliz » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:22 pm

Evil Ted wrote:You're practically forced to go through the high street to get to the train station in Walsall, so I don't really have a choice.

The BHS that closed got replaced with a pound shop that only sold Christmas-related stuff, which itself closed in January. Sums up high streets in general.


I have extensive experience of Walsall, its not fantastic.

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by Earfolds » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:24 pm

Trelliz wrote:I have extensive experience of Walsall

I can only apologise.

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PostRe: Do you still use the high street?
by Curls » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:12 am

I work shifts so I quite often stroll in when waiting for a night shift. There's not really much there but I know a good coffee shop, and sometimes do clothes shopping. I'll also pop into superdrug to buy my potions and stuff. Mainly I just buy cakes from greggs and coffees from hipster joints though. I sometimes browse CEX but I never go into Game as the staff in there are quite simply awful.

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by Met » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:41 am

I'll jump into HMV/Game/CEX to have a browse around and see if anything catches my eye on a day I'm feeling bored, but most of the time I'll just grab things online. Unless I need something urgently, of course.

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by Lorn64 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:52 am

I would take a trip into town now and again, but I usually don't pick up that much when I'm there. I do most of my shopping online.

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