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Take a good look at your high street...it won't be there long.I hope all you Tesco fans enjoy shopping there...it will be the only place left open soon.

"Comet will be the 29th high street retailer to go into administration since the start of the year.
It comes as figures show more than 30 chain stores a day are closing and one in seven shops are empty."
 

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Was talking to OH about this yesterday. It's getting very worrying the power these supermarkets have already and it's getting much much worse every single day :( :(

They will be running the country soon, them and the blood sucking bankers :mad:
 

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They will be running the country soon, them and the blood sucking bankers ...

So glad you used that term "bankers!" Rona I had something else in my mind :D.... we have a biggish Tesco in our town plus a T/Metro the local council in all their wisdom, have now granted Planning Permission for another 2 Tesco Expresses :yikes: ontop of this we have Asda and Morrisons and 2Aldi's and several co-ops :eek: and a population of roughly 70.000 ! Half the high street shops and small businesses are boarded up to be honest it's a bloody nightmare. I do shop Local where i can , it infuriates me that these pillocks in the local council keep giving the green light . then in the next breath complaining that there is no Life in our market or town centre ...... Sorry for the rant but this stuff really winds me up .... :mad5::mad5:
 

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I'm all for supporting local stores and high streets, but really couldn't care less about the news about Comet. Their customer service has been appalling for years, their presentation wasn't conducive to sales and as for the after care... what after care?
 

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i dont think you can place all the blame on supermarkets - While they no doubt must shoulder some of the responsibilty i would assume that the major cause is online shopping. Certainly thats what put my uncles instrument shop out of business.

We had supermakets long before we had online shopping and the smaller shops and chains still managed to survive, by specialising. But now the specialists are right at our fingertips and the prices are cheaper for a number of reasons, so of course that will drive smaller retail outlets out of business.

It's called progress and it's not about to stop just because some people prefer "hobby shopping" to convenience shopping, but of course there will still be places you can go for the "thrill of the shop" if thats your thing.
 

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I'm all for supporting local stores and high streets, but really couldn't care less about the news about Comet. Their customer service has been appalling for years, their presentation wasn't conducive to sales and as for the after care... what after care?
That is very true...
 

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Unfortunately people can't afford to support their local small shops they have to shop around, I couldn't afford to do our monthly shop in our village
 

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i dont think you can place all the blame on supermarkets - While they no doubt must shoulder some of the responsibilty i would assume that the major cause is online shopping. Certainly thats what put my uncles instrument shop out of business.

We had supermakets long before we had online shopping and the smaller shops and chains still managed to survive, by specialising. But now the specialists are right at our fingertips and the prices are cheaper for a number of reasons, so of course that will drive smaller retail outlets out of business.

It's called progress and it's not about to stop just because some people prefer "hobby shopping" to convenience shopping, but of course there will still be places you can go for the "thrill of the shop" if thats your thing.
I agree and I hold my hand up to shopping online a lot. Mind you a couple of weeks ago, OH went to the local petshop because we only had one puppy pad left and bought the only pack available for £17.99! :eek: I got the previous ones online for £3.99!
 

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Yeah I do enjoy it. They provide me with a pretty good part time job whilst at uni and they are by no means the worst anymore, eg. They pay dairy farmers more than other popular supermarkets.

Won't say I agree with everything but I think there are worse companies and worse problems in the UK at the moment.

People spend on necessities these days not luxuries, Tesco happen to sell these necessities in a very reasonable and convenient way for a lot of people.
 

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The main problem is that not a lot of people these days can afford to shop in the local small businesses, myself included, I do agree its a shame about them all being forced to close, but my priority is making sure I can support myself, my OH, and my dogs:)
 

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I buy bulk items from supermarkets, and support the local Morrisons, which is a bit further away than Tesco's but I hate shopping there, refuse to have a club card (give all my points to my mother). I use two local butchers, we have a market on a Thursday in a town close to where I live that I pop to if I can, but big purchases like electrical items I'm turning more and more towards amazon and similar, who have been very reliable and good value. I have a huge larder cupboard which helps, I tend to stock up on offers and I also have a huge chest freezer and two upright freezers, which are full of special offers and dog food! At our local butchers they have loads of offers on, they have steak night on a Friday where you can buy two rib eye steaks aged for 21 days, for £5.50 each, and the taste is nothing like supermarket cheap meat, I'd rather be veggie than eat that pink stuff pumped full of water!!
 
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