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      16.10.2010 23:21
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      At the minte, HMV is cheaper so I will not be shopping here

      My local Fopp store is located right next to my bus stop, so if I find myself with a long wait I will pop in and browse. **For the past few years...** I have had nothing but praise for this store. Every time I popped in for a little peek, I would always end up with something new. This was mainly due to the pricing in the store. At £2 for a book or CD and DVDs from £3, you could not go wrong. Everything in the store was fairly priced and always came up cheaper in a price check against other stores. The store was always laid out perfectly, DVDs together CDs together etc and it was so easy to find what you were looking for. I don't believe that the staff have every been overly helpful, but they have always been polite at the checkouts and recommended the DVDs which they have been told to recommended. **However, recently...** I recently visited my local Fopp as I was looking for 24 season 4 and knew that Fopp would have the best deal on it. When I had, finally, found the 24 DVDs, I found that season 4 was priced at £50! I had recently seen it in HMV for £25 which shocked me as Fopp have always been cheaper! I then decided to look for Pineapple Express, which was on the 2 for £10 offer in HMV, and found that Fopp had it priced at £18! Despite this, I still carried on browsing and found it very difficult to find anything. Everything in the store had moved and seemed to be in some strange new order. Also, half of the store is filled with 'under £3' DVDs which are all just shoved on a shelf for you to notice. I understand that this can be helpful as you may pick something up that you hadn't thought about. But at the same time it is very annoying because everyone seems to be browing these DVDs and you find 20 people trying to squeeze down an aisle which should only fit 5 people. ARGH!!! I did have a look through these under £3, or whatever the offer was, DVDs and found that they have put around 20 different movies on these shelves, but had spaced them out right to look like there were more. I has a quick check at some other DVDs I had recently price checked in HMV and found that HMV was now cheaper for all of them. Due to the above reasons, I will be avoiding Fopp for a while but, hopefully, will return to the store it used to be!

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        08.05.2010 20:54
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        Thats the way the money goes, Fopp goes the weasel

        Fopp was an independent chain of shops selling music, dvd's and books to discerning consumers. Unfortunately towards the beginning of the Credit Crunch, the business began struggling and shut. Thankfully HMV stepped in and bought the chain, however they haven't HMV'ed it they've allowed it to maintain its eclectic nature and independence and still thrive. My review is of the Fopp store in London based on Earlham Street, its in a great spot on the cusp of Covent Garden, Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square. The store is set over three levels, in the basement it is mainly DVD's, the main floor is the latest DVD's, Books and music, whilst the top floor is mainly music. The store prides itself on selling slightly quirky items and it does it brilliantly. I always spend at least 30 minutes in here as there are so many awesome items, from French Cinema sections to Blue Note Jazz Cd sections. On my last visit I bought a Serge Gainsbourg Autobiography for £2 a Werner Herzog 2 disc DVD documentary of the Antarctic and the Harold and Maude DVD for £4 and a Japanese Iron Man T-Shirt for a tenner. I find the staff good value because they clearly enjoy their jobs and know a lot about what they sell, the prices are competitive unless you want to buy the latest releases which are slightly overpriced, but for me this shop is all about the obscure, the weird and wonderful and the eclectically cool. The store is well worth checking out, for so many reasons, the main level has a great selection of DVD's and you'll always find things you forgot you loved or new and exciting things, however if you are looking for something in particular there is every chance you won't find it as I originally went in with a list of planned purchases and didn't find any. To be honest, this isn't an HMV where you'll find anything between A-Z in big listed sections, it is the kind of shop which you'll love if you like music, film or books, as you'll lose yourself in weird and wonderful selections at pretty good prices. There are Stores in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Cambridge and Bristol to check out if this is your bag.

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          19.01.2010 16:22

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          Definitely worth a look if there's one near you

          I wouldn't recommend going into Fopp just to pass time because you're almost guaranteed to end up spending money. But don't worry, you won't end up broke because Fopp has some of the best deals on CDs, DVDs and books available on the high street. I know that a lot of people prefer to buy these types of items online because thats the easiest way to get the best deal but I think Fopp is still worth a look. The books are particularly well priced and Fopp stocks a small selection of well known books at under £4 and its very difficult to find a price this good online for an unused book. So essentially you can get bargain bookstore prices in central locations and really comfortable shopping environments. Fopp has lots of nice small touches which set it aside from other entertainment retailers. For example, prices are usually given in full rounded pound values so you aren't buying a series of CDs at £8.99 but at £9 and this reinforces Fopp's image as a straightforward brand. All in all, Fopp offers a superior media shopping experience from its great prices to the atmosphere of its stores.

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          12.10.2009 17:09
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          Top notch chain and very well priced. Long live Fopp... please.

          Fopp is a high street chain that specialising in selling CD's, DVD's and books. They used to have a number of stores across the UK a few years ago but they went bust and closed all their chains. Thankfully HMV have come along and bought and resurrected a few stores including the London Cambridge Circus outlet. Where Fopp has an advantage over competitors is with it's consistently cheap pricing. You can always pick up a bargain with many brand new CD's, DVD's and books being sold for £3.00. With a stock rotation policy that shuffles things around regularly there is always something new on offer. The selection is big given the size of the stores. Before they shut they did have a huge one on Tottenham Court Road in London that was a music lovers paradise. Unfortunately HMV have not re-opened this one but the Cambridge Circus outlet is very good. Staff tend to be friendly, knowledgeable and helpful baring the one exception when I went last weekend and asked whether they had Lawrence of Arabia and was greeted with confused perplexion. That incident aside, they are usually very good. My only slight grumble is that given the size of the stores and the wish to pack alot in, it can be hard to move around. The displays are good and show off well the bargain items but they also tend to be in areas where you walk through to get to other departments and can lead to bottlenecks. This aside, this is always my first stop music shop in London for it's consistently cheap pricing.

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          29.07.2009 20:27
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          Cheap...

          Fopp used to be an independent store which specialises in selling cd's, dvd's and books, within the past 1/2 years they have been bought out by HMV after all Fopp stores had to shut due to costs, only 8 now remain open around the UK, they all still run under the name of Fopp however. Fopp is well known for the price that it sells of it's dvd's, most for as little as £2 or £3 for very well known and respected films, it also sells books and cd's also for very cheap, the stores that I have visited are not very big, the one in Bristol is 2 stories but with little floor space, not like the curret Head/HMV's, however this doesn't usually take away from the selection they keep, perhaps the CD's they keep are less than perhaps the larger known stores. I was able to purchase 4 high quality, fairly old films that a very well known, Usual Suspects, Seven (which is £10+ in most stores), A Beautiful Mind and High Fidelty, the lot combined for £12, thats £3 each, the Usual suspects film was also the collectors edition. I'm not sure how they can sell their dvd's so cheap, perhaps they're the unwanted stock from HMV, one thing I have noticed is that Fopp usually sell the standard, basic dvd's, with little or no special features and no 2 disc sets (other than The Usual Suspects). The price is the big plus with Fopp, they do not have the catalogue of products that HMV do but they're much cheaper, as I mentioned, Zavvi/Head sell Seven at over £10, I also bought The Machinist starring Christian Bale for just £2, thats 5 top top quality brilliant, old and well known films for £15, much better than the 3 for £20 or 4 for £20 that most offers are these days. Unfortunatly, there are only 8 stores left in the UK, a couple in Glasgow, one in Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, London, Cambridge and Edinburgh, which means most people won't have access to a store and they do not do online stores, probably because they sell items so cheap as it is it wouldn't work out financially. Overall, I think Fopp is brilliant, they always have the DVD's i'm looking for at a very cheap price, unortunatly it's more of a walk than it is to Head, HMV or CEX which means I usually end up paying more for the less of a walk, everytime I go near it though I end up with some bargains and usually save buying dvd's I really want till I go to Fopp. Great store if you are near one.

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          28.11.2006 20:12
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          If theres one near you your music collection will grow!

          My life including Fopp started in a small side street in Aberdeen, and my music-buying habits never looked back. Gone were the days of full priced CDs. I dipped into a world where the old classics such as Nirvana and Greenday were all a fiver, and chart CDs often just ten pounds. And they still are! In the past I always waited for CDs to come down in price before buying them. After all, why pay £15 for a CD when half of the songs are all over the TV and radio still? But then came Fopp. In my case,a small two-story shop just off Union Street. A trinket trove of books, CDs and films, both new and old. Although now quite a large chain, the staff are always friendly wherever you go. They never mind looking up a title, or telling you more about a band. They will happily replace anything which has a fault (and we all know these things sometimes happen), and will always have a chat about music or films. Although Fopp now has more DVDs and books, they are still going from strength to strength. It is one of the few shops I feel an attachment to, even though the brand has grown. I htink this is becasue they stock so many older albums as well as new music. Other shops tend to make these very expensive, but you are always guaranteed a good deal at Fopp. Why shop anywhere else?

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            10.03.2002 22:25
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            Oh, what a terrible title! But my heart's in the right place because, like a lot of other reviewers on DooYoo, I think Fopp is fantastic! It's nice to know that, in spite of the popularity of Morpheus and Napster and MP3 file sharing, CDs are still being bought in their millions. And, despite the high prices of HMV, Virgin and other high street stores, it's nice to know that CDs can be bought for little more than a tenner these days. The best place to shop is on the Internet but if you're a high street junkie, try Fopp. My branch is in Bristol, on Park Street. This isn't the best location, as it's quite far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Yet, it still manages to pull in a good crowd with its low prices and good selection of old and new music. You'll also find a decent collection of books that'll put Waterstones' prices to shame! Best of all is Fopp's excellent returns policy. So long as you have a receipt for your CD, it will be exchanged for another CD, or even your money back. You don't have to give reasons for returning goods, but they'll be satisfied with "I didn't like it." I've only had to return one CD because I didn't like it (and no, I didn't record it before taking it back). Most new releases are £10, which goes up within a week or so. Back catalogue titles range from £5 to £15. Go shop at Fopp, especially if you need to get out of the house and away from your monitor!

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              06.03.2002 01:09
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              I visited Fopp for the first time about 2 weeks ago when I stumbled across the Nottingham branch. Now as I have said I have never been in Fopp before or even heard of it for that matter, so this opinion is a first timers view and only represents one purchase from the store. The shop drew my attention firstly because of it’s strange unique name and the colourful signage outside, then once I realised it was a music shop I had to go in. I am a CD junkie buying at least 1 a week and giving me a collection of nearly 300 pretty good going considering I am only 21. Any way once inside I was suitably impressed with the store layout, the store seemed very spacious and the isles were clearly labelled and logically ordered. There is nothing worse than having to look through a load of trashy R&B and garage to find what your looking for. They had a wide and varied selection of titles both old and new, but form what I could see no singles. Another factor, which added to how impressed I was of Fopp, was the low prices of older CD’s. These are often the bane of my life; I regularly get into a band with their most recent album, and end up buying the whole of their back catalogue. Shopping around is always the name of the game but with the big names such as HMV and Virgin having the widest selection and also the highest prices, getting a good deal on older releases isn’t always easy. I have seen numerous titles such as most of the Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Gomez and Weezer albums retailing for £16.99 in HMV which is just ridiculous. Fopp had an excellent selection of bargains starting from as little as £5, from what I could gather these prices were fixed and not just one off sales as with the likes of HMV. The internet in my view will still be the cheapest place to buy new release CD’s but the cheapest sites never seem to have what I am looking for, this is where Fopp excelled. The staff were, from what I could gathe r knowledgeable about the products and artists and upon purchasing my title were friendly and efficient, which is all I ask for in simple one off purchases. To conclude my first visit to Fopp was a breath of fresh air, with competitive prices and a nice browsing atmosphere. It is just unfortunate that my nearest branch is in Nottingham and I am in Leicester otherwise I could see myself being on first name terms with the staff in no time. I will be checking out their website www.fopp.co.uk in the near future, I may even write an opinion on it.

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                03.01.2002 03:44
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                I like buying music. I regularly browse local music stores, whether they’re large chain stores such as HMV or Virgin, to little second hand music shops – Looking for bargains. I live in the west end of Glasgow – Luckily there is a Fopp store close by, Byres Road to be precise; A stones throw from Hillhead underground station (turn right out of the station), and about 2 minutes from the main university campus…There are other Fopp stores in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Leamingtom Spa, Nottingham, Bristol and Sheffield. Why do I like Fopp? Why do I think Fopp is the best thing since monkeys? Because its practically one of the best CD buying experiences you can have on a regular basis, and here’s why: Ok, the main thing to consider when shopping for CDs, aside from the music itself is the price of the thing. Buying the latest offering from your favourite band feels a whole lot better the less moo-lah you have to part with. Fopp is “independently owned” according to the labels on their bags etc. This (apparently) means that they can offer you the prices that wholesale offers, whilst still maintaining store individuality = Your CDs are cheaper = mint! There are many offers to be had in Fopp. They have several ranges of CDs at £3, £5, £7 and £10. Three quid doesn’t get you a lot these days, you probably pay slightly more just to eat lunch in a fast food joint – However, in Fopp a limited range of special CDs can be yours. These are generally one-off bulk bargains – Greatest hits, classic recordings, compilations, box sets etc. Not to everyone’s taste, but a damn good buy if you find something you like. For a whole fiver a great range of CDs can be yours; These include oldies, classic type rock, the indie stuff that was around in the early 90’s, right up to the slightly older offerings from the back catalogue of current bands. For example, CDs I have bought at this pr ice include those from Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, Oasis, Dandy Warhols etc. There is quite a wide range to choose from. One of the most surprising was the winter special of the new “Iowa” from Slipknot. £7 can also get you quite a bit; These are generally EPs and slightly more current CDs. Ash’s “Trailer” EP, Green Day “Warning” are some that I’ve seen. A full “brown note - £10”, will get you a good range of current chart CDs. Not all chart CDs are priced like this, however, if you regularly check out the Fopp store you’re likely to be able to pick up most new releases at this great price (compared to the £13-15 you pay regularly). As for the rest of the CDs in store, the prices can vary. Generally speaking, those CDs that are not on the special offer shelves (of which there are many) return to their regular high-street price, maybe a couple of pence under, not much to make a drastic difference to your wallet. That said, the prices for the “special £3, £5, £7 and £10 offers” can hardly be beaten by any other major store. There is a wide range of styles catered for in my Fopp store. I’m mainly into Rock, Metal, Indie and alternative music, including the “old classics” of rock from the 70s etc. There is a good representation of these genres in the store, maybe more than in regular high-street shops. There also seems to be a good range for “Hip Hop / Rap”, “Jazz and World Music” etc. I feel there is less emphasis on the “pop” side of music, but a concentration on distinct genres such as rock and rap. As well as CDs Fopp also sell books and DVDs. Not owning a DVD player, or having the will to read much more than my student course text books I haven’t purchased either of these from Fopp. However, a quick glance at the big pile of music-related and popular books and the DVD shelves indicates tha t Fopp also caters well for both books and DVD. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then you can place an order with Fopp. This is fairly easy, you (& a staff member) look up the CD you want in the Fopp directory. You fill out your contact details on a post-card, the shop assistant fills out the order codes, and you’re CD is ordered. The post card is mailed to you when your order arrives. The store as a whole is very nice to shop in. Its generally quite busy, so there may be a bit of a cram for the shelves, but if you can put up with that (its friendly pushing…) then you can get to the great bargains. The shop is done out in a wooden interior with the walls coated in the “special offer” CDs, with shelves in the middle of the shop for regular priced CDs. There are separate sections for rock / rap / jazz / world music etc, all well labelled. Its quite easy to find a CD if you know specifically what you’re looking for. There is a “book pile” on tables near the checkouts (along which are piled the special £3 CD bargains). The books don’t really seem to be organised, but it isn’t really a book shop, and its fairly easy to see all that’s on offer anyway. The staff in Fopp I’ve generally found to be very helpful. Whenever I’ve asked for something they’ve politely helped me out, from finding a CD in store, to ordering a special CD that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Top class friendly service. In conclusion, Fopp is a great store. I’m currently staying at my “real” home in the south of England, a few hundred miles away from Fopp – I went to check out the January “clear-out” sales in my local HMV and Virgin Megastore. I left without buying a single thing. There was hardly a single CD at its reduced price which beat the regular Fopp price. The only ones that did beat the price that Fop p offers did so by the 1p in the £4.99 beating Fopp’s regular £5 offer. Standing in a massive crowd at my local HMV with millions of people buzzing around and student sales assistants that really couldn’t care less if you find what you’re looking for is hellish when compared to Byres Road Fopp. Its cheaper, easier and more pleasant to shop at Fopp, pop along and you’ll hopefully see what I mean. www.fopp.co.uk – Useful Fopp Information, bargains, store maps etc. Jamie

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                  07.08.2001 02:25
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                  Fopp is THE BEST music shop I have ever come across. Okay, so the new releases are probably about the same as anywhere else, maybe a couple of quid cheaper but if you're after something that's been out a while this is the place to visit. They have different sections for each price range, new releases, cds @ 7, cds @ 5 and cds @ 3. The 7 quid section has cds which have maybe been out three or four months and maybe aren't selling as well. I got the Full Monty soundtrack for 7 quid. The 5 quid section has older cds which have been out at least 6 months probably and loads of old stuff. I have found some absolutely brilliant stuff for a fiver. Some of which are three Oasis cds, Ocean Colour Scene's "Moseley Shoals" and "Do It Yourself" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads. They currently have some Greenday, Nirvana and Bon Jovi on sale for a fiver. The 3 quid section isn't that brilliant, they often have things that I haven't heard of but there are some real gems if you look hard enough. They also have tapes for 2 quid, these are fantastic, all of them are 2 quid, I have bought 2 Supergrass tapes and an Ian Dury and the Blockheads one. Records are sold and you can test them out on the decks with a pair of headphones. Books are also sold, often at prices a lot cheaper than the RRP. The three greatest things about Fopp are: 1) The variety of music they sell - there seriously is something for everyone, old and new. 2) The prices - they're mad! 3) Their "Suck it and see" policy - buy a cd and if you don't like you can take it back and swap it or get your money back. I think Fopp is the best music shop in the world and I will always go there to buy my music. I know I'll be able to get music at the best prices and if I don't like it, I'll have no problem swapping it. I would say to anyone - SHOP AT FOPP!

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                  03.07.2001 22:22
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                  When are the general public going to come to their senses and stop spending all their hard earned cash in multi-million pound megastores like Virgin and HMV? To be fair, they maybe do stock more variety, but much of what the youth population is seeking can be found at Fopp at a much cheaper price. People seem to get all confused by the fact that both Virgin and HMV offer a 10% student discount, but what you need to realise is that Fopp is usually cheaper including the discount you get there. There are always special offers such as £5 for heaps of good but slightly older stuff. And the staff don't wear such dorky uniforms! Go there today!!

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                    Over the years this shop has cost me a fortune, in terms of music and storage space! I was first introduced to Fopp when I was a student in Edinburgh and since then it has taken a large part of my income every month. Fopp is the kind of music store that you dream about. It is an independent set-up so there is no backing by the big record companies to sell their artists. Fopp proudly calls itself the chain with no name" and they have a point. What kind of a name is "Fopp" for a record shop? So what is so good about this shop? Well when you enter through their doors keep a tight grip on your wallet. I defy anyone to browse in here and not come out with anything. It has got to the stage now where, unless I want to buy something, I don't even go near the place - I'd spend a fortune! I'll talk about the Aberdeen branch specifically but all the shops are basically the same except for size! Their stock is divided into 4 main sections - £10 and over - this is the new chart CDs. All the new releases are here for what I consider to be an exceptionally reasonable price. Okay not as cheap as some places on the internet, but a LOT cheaper than HMV or Virgin. £7 - this section contains CDs by popular groups that have recently (in the past few months) left the upper reaches of the charts. For example, last Saturday I picked up a copy of Placebos "Black Market Music and Kid Rocks "Devil without a Cause" (which contains his newly released single!) for £7 each. A quick check on the internet and I came up with the prices below - Placebo - CD Wow £8.99 CD Zone £15.29 BOL £12.99 Amazon £13.73 Kid Rock - CD Wow £8.99 BOL £9.99 Amazon £13.73 As you can see Fopp was cheaper and I got to play the CD that same day without waiting for the CD to be delivered! £5 section - my favourite! All the CDs cost a straightforward 5 quid. I could not begin t o list the amount of CDs I have bought from here. This section is perfect for replacing your vinyl or tape copy of your favourite albums as it is so cheap. Off the top of my head, I've bought NIN, The Sisters of Mercy, Rage Against the Machine, Manic Street Preachers, Fat Boy Slim and dear knows what else from here. Other groups that I can remember are Black Sabbath, The Carpenters, Santana, Madonna, The Jam and lots of other well-known groups. These albums aren't the obscure ones from the beginning or end of the artist's careers, these are the popular successful ones. You really can't go wrong and you can always try out a new group as £5 is not the end of the world if you don't like it. Anyway Fopp have a "suck it and see" policy. If you buy something and you think it sucks, they will give you your money back or exchange it for you. Can't lose! £3 bargain section - this section is always worth a look especially for parents Xmas or birthday presents! From this I have picked up some very good classical compilations, a double Patsy Cline CD for my father, a Tom Jones compilation with all the classic hits (!) etc. There are always a lot of CDs by older artists such as Miles Davies, Nina Simone, various reggae compilations and the obligatory dance compilations by people you've never heard of. Billy Connolly even makes an appearance sometimes! If you ever see a Fopp shop, be sure and pop in. They are slowly expanding but at present they have shops in Bristol, Sheffield, Leamington Spa, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Full details can be found on their web site a www.fopp.co.uk Even though Fopp exists people still buy CDs from HMV and Virgin. WHY? It makes me shake my head in disbelief when I see people buying a CD for £16 that they could have paid £7 for. Do they not realise that they are being ripped off? If they walked 5 mins down the street they could save themselves a fortune! Don&# 39;t be ripped off, if you live near a Fopp have a look and save yourself some money - even on the internet prices. I defy you to leave without buying something!

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                      Imagine a cheap CD, we've all bought them in our time, spurred on by the idealistic hope that good music might be bought at a good price, but they are inevitably shoddy quality, unbearable to listen to, and by artists that perhaps your gran may have heard of (I said perhaps!) Now imagine a musical utopia, where great prices, quality, choice and service all come together and form the most beautiful harmony. If this seems like an unimaginable dream-world to you, then you have not had the pleasure of buying your music at Fopp. Fopp is an independent music store par excellence. Presently found only in Leamington Spa, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the stores constitute a small chain, which allows it to retain individuality in each outlet, but passes on the benefits of buying in bulk to its customers. The first thing that you will notice as you walk into Fopp, is the atmosphere. There is always cool music playing, chosen by the staff, which compliments their love for music. Also striking, is the range and volume of products, often fitted into relatively small stores. And as you venture a little closer, you will be disturbed (then pleased) by the prices which seem dangerously low! We all know that CDs are overpriced in relation to production costs, and this is why buying music from Fopp is a refreshing change. As well as the usual categorisation of music by artist and genre, in Fopp the music is also sectioned by various price bands. These prices are clearly displayed and include £10, £7, £5 and Under £5. The £10 range usually includes recently released albums, which is certainly a competative price. The £5 range is one of the triumphs of Fopp, including a range of musical masters from a variety of genres, who would ordinarily be found at high prices due to their high quality and influence in other stores. Fopp, however, seems to encourage music lovers to take an interest in these musical greats, and makes them noticeab le and accessible to all. Not only are the prices excellent, but so is the range of musical genres and products. Any obscure music taste is catered for, and Fopp is the only store where I have found some little known American indie bands with ease. Those who can't let go of their turntables will be pleased to know that Fopp have a great range of Vinyl LPs too. They also stock cut price videos and books including screenplays and other popular fiction. The staff are always helpful, and seem to have a genuinely wide range of musical knowlege, however obscure it might seem, they'll know about it! These attributes all combine to form a pleasurable music-buying experience. You may end up spending more than you expected, but you'll certainly have more to show for it when you get home. Fopp is my favourite music store, on or offline, and if you are lucky enough to live near one, you'd be crazy not to check it out. Five stars to FOPP!!!

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                        Fopp, as I tell everyone I know, is the best music store you will ever visit. Fopp really is what a music store should be. A great atmosphere, surrounded by recordings from toe to ear, stacked high with bargain recordings. It is because of this (I think) that Fopp manage to pull off having such permanently LOW prices - they manage to pack in as muany CDs as possible into the smallest area there is - and then they shift daily by the truckload. One of the great things about Fopp is that there is a real air for appreciation of music of all genres. Unlike most other record stores, with Fopp you feel that the staff really do know what they're talking about and are at home with a wide range of music genres. This of course adds to the fistful of CDs that you've already bagged! Fopp has probably the widest selection of music you will probably find in a highstreet store. Whatever you want, you are almost garuanteed to find. I keep finding recordings that I thought were out of print. Fopp always has simple but very attractive offers on. Currently there's CDs for a fiver and yet another huge selection of CDs each for a tenner. These offers are not restricted to release dates or genres either, you will always find lots of latest releases or classics in both these offers. It seems the average price for a CD in Fopp is £10-£11! not bad... Fopp also aren't limited to just CDs either, they stock a wide range of books. Popular fiction, music related or classics; there's a lot there to take your fancy, and, of course at decent prices. There's a lot to be tempted by in Fopp, and you will invariably end up either debating whether to get this CD for a tenner or those two grea CDs for a fiver... Or of course you'll have spent slightly more money than you intended to spend... Fopp's also godd at introducing you to or reminding you of those classic CDs that you've always really wanted to buy. And buy you will. There aren't many Fopp's around. Sheffield, Leamington Spa, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. If you're ever in town, check the place out; you'll be pleasantly suprised. Harry

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                          07.11.2000 18:48

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                          OK, so technically it's a chain store, but there's only a half-dozen or so of them. There's a location in Sheffield, one in Leamington Spa, and several in Scotland. Fopp is the best record shop in the land, though. It has a huge range of cheap CD's - for example Oasis, the latest Suede album and a whole host of Super Furry Animals is available for the low, low price of a fiver. Compared to the £16.00 you might have to pay in Virgin, or HMV this is a pretty good bargain. It doesn't end at CD's, though. There is also a good range og Videos and books as well, all at bargain prices, everything is priced at a whole number of pounds, so there's no fiddling around with pennies, which is pretty handy. Fopp is great not only if you need something specific, but it's also great fun to browse in.

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