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Old 27-09-2014, 10:20   #1241
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Seems they have changed their minds on that

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29377077

Mind if they only had 136 pre orders, its no wonder they went into administration

CPW will honour any existing orders from P4U

http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/wec...?stop_mobi=yes
Thats pretty good really but if you paid anything up front on a credit card then just get the card company to charge it back to P4U!
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Old 25-12-2014, 17:30   #1242
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City Link gone tits up xmas eve

http://news.sky.com/story/1397670/27...link-collapses
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Old 25-12-2014, 18:05   #1243
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BBC news article
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30602326

They tended to be higher value larger parcels rather than the Amazon and Zavvi deliveries via Yodel. Remember they delivered my Sony BD player from Multiregion Magic.
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Old 25-12-2014, 18:19   #1244
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I've not had a delivery from City Link in a long time but back when they seemed more active and had a bit of a bad reputation I always found them to be pretty good.
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Old 25-12-2014, 18:24   #1245
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I've actively avoided companies who used city link as the service was so poor around here. A missed delivery meant a 50 mile round trip to pick up your parcel and then nine times out if ten they'd lost it anyway.

When you compare to DPD there's no way they could continue being that shambolic and keep going. Sad for those who have lost their jobs, but no loss to the consumer.
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Old 25-12-2014, 18:44   #1246
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I've not had a delivery from City Link in a long time but back when they seemed more active and had a bit of a bad reputation I always found them to be pretty good.
Same here.

Most of the couriers that others complain of seem to be OK, here.

It's just parcelfarce that are an absolute nightmare.
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Old 25-12-2014, 20:17   #1247
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Not had a city link delivery in ages wonder who they deliver for now.

Dpd are the best out there by a country mile hour time slot, texts you and can redeliver or change date etc all by text.
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Old 25-12-2014, 21:08   #1248
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Indeed. DPD are excellent. They will soon have a massive domination in the market, and deservedly so.
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Old 28-12-2014, 20:11   #1249
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Sad for folks that lost their jobs, but it seems the future of deliveries are cheap as possible,
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Old 29-12-2014, 07:56   #1250
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Sad for folks that lost their jobs, but it seems the future of deliveries are cheap as possible,
Not even cheap. Reliable. Dpd are fantastic. City link were always s nightmare for me. Especially since they contracted out the deliveries. So not all drivers worked for them
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Old 29-12-2014, 09:14   #1251
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Last Christmas City Link lost THREE 42inch TVs. DPD however delivered the fourth in one day on Christmas Eve no less.
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Old 29-12-2014, 09:50   #1252
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Citylink managed to lose my brother in laws Back Boiler, it probably weighed 300lbs and was a 5ft cube.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:11   #1253
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Will WH Smiths last the year? Looks like a dying business model to me.
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Will WH Smiths last the year? Looks like a dying business model to me.

Would their airport/train station/service station part be enough to keep them going seems to be the only busy part of the business to me , our local branch has just shut.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:14   #1255
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You could say the same about much on the high street, they seem to plod along but I imagine the convenience store element probably helps, although to be honest I've never seen them that busy. The ones at services are just the usual rip off service station shop.

I can see them closing more stores, maybe they'll go into admin and then buy the profitable bits back out.
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I think you're right, it'll become concentrated where there's a captive customer base rather than on the High Street.

Towns seem to have more discount shops opening which shows that the face of retail is changing rather than dying out.
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Will WH Smiths last the year? Looks like a dying business model to me.
The deal they struck with the Post Office back in 2006 for circa 80 local branches in store will no doubt help them, but I agree - they rarely seem busy in store when I visit them (which is usually to browse items I know I can buy cheaper elsewhere).
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:19   #1258
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Whatever happened to them selling sandwiches? Ages ago when they dropped the top shelf magazines I thought they were going to start doing sandwiches.

When is the last time anyone bought a magazine?

I only buy two. From Forbidden Planet. Cinefex and Video Watchdog.

Can't remember the last time I bought a 'regular' one from WHSmiths.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:13   #1259
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I got my Daily Mail's when the Lego was free.

I just don't see where they fit in, the Warrington branch for example

Sells a few expensive toys opposite The Entertainer
Sells a few books next to Waterstones
Sells a few sweets near Thorntons

I couldn't event tell you if it still sold DVD's or Cards.

The High Street is changing to more cheap shops, I work in the town centre so don't really feel the need to bring my family into town to do some shopping. If we must we usually hit a retail park (which is also starting to contain cheap shops) but to be honest we get most of our stuff from supermarkets and online.

As for magazines when I worked at ASDA we started selling them and you pretty much cannot lose, you make about 40% of the price of the thing and if they don't sell you send them back. I guess they're pretty profitable.

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My local WH Smith now contains a Post Office (by reducing the size of the stationery sections). The books are much more expensive compared to Sainsbury's (which is quite close by).
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