Newest Review: ... CDs from Amazon, and maybe even cheaper, but what you pay the extra for in HMV is the experience of the place, in my opinion. Much m... more
Member Name: kissandmakeup
Advantages: Great range of products, well laid out, well categorised, more fun than online shopping!!!
Disadvantages: Some things may be pricey (but there are plenty of good deals too!)
Whilst HMV is not necessarily cheap for buying CDs and DVDs etc I still love the place. For me being able to browse around the store is worth an extra couple of ££.
The reason for me is because although there are various sites online where I could go and buy a DVD they are not as easy to browse through, you need to search for something specific, or even if you search just for a particular category it is difficult to then browse through all the titles. In an HMV store however you can browse away to your hearts content, it is more fun and I often find films I had never heard of that look good, films that I would never have found online. It is a shame that in recent years with people downloading more things and ordering more things online that stores like this are a dying breed, one day when there are none left we will all miss being able to actually go to them and look round and physically buy something!
The DVDs and CDs are categorised well, making it easy to find something specific if you are not just browsing and there is a great range of non-mainstream music and films. For instance, the 'world cinema' section of DVDs has some great films that you otherwise never have heard of.
Having made my comment about price, I should add however that not everything in this store is more expensive than online, there are some great bargains to be had too, with many DVDs being only £3 and many DVDs and CDs being on offers such as 3 for a tenner. Well worth looking out for.
HMV also stocks a good range of consoles & games, posters, t-shirts, books, i-pod docking stations, i-phone accessories and much more. The stores are always well laid out and the staff are always friendly and helpful.
So yes, if you want to order one specific CD which you have found cheap online then go for it, but if you fancy a good browse get yourself to HMV, you might find something great you otherwise wouldn't have done!
Summary: Great store, long live HMV!