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09 Oct 2006 07:59 PM
    Not good news at all. http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/R_I_P_Tower_Records_19602006
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    09 Oct 2006 09:41 PM
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    09 Oct 2006 10:29 PM
    They sold expensive CD's so it's hardly surprising. Their business model was stuck in 1993.
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    09 Oct 2006 10:30 PM
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    They sold expensive CD's so it's hardly surprising. Their business model was stuck in 1993.
    well said
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    09 Oct 2006 10:44 PM
    I believe that the one in Dublin is Irish owned and franchised out the Tower name so it probably means that it'll keep operating.
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    09 Oct 2006 10:45 PM
    Their business model was focused on having a broader range of stuff on sale quicker than the other chain stores. Tower would usually be the first store to have imports, a wide range of magazines and albums that you can't seem to find anywhere else. Yes, some of their prices were high but only a few euro in some cases. The biggest problem that they faced was online competitors - they've been stumbling for quite a few years now but they have finally fallen face down. Still sad to see them go.
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    09 Oct 2006 10:46 PM
    Will the two outlets in Dublin keep going as Tower, or change name? As music megastores go I don't mind them at all, better range and prices than HMV usually and reasonably friendly staff, some decent discount sales too.
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    09 Oct 2006 11:06 PM
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    Their business model was focused on having a broader range of stuff on sale quicker than the other chain stores. Tower would usually be the first store to have imports, a wide range of magazines and albums that you can't seem to find anywhere else. Yes, some of their prices were high but only a few euro in some cases. The biggest problem that they faced was online competitors - they've been stumbling for quite a few years now but they have finally fallen face down. Still sad to see them go.
    ...stuck in 1993 as already said. It is sad in a way. What really bugs me these days how many "record shops" have moved away from selling music. Even the small ones. You'll find DVDs, Computer Software, Mobile Phones, mp3 players, Games consoles, roughly 4 different incompatible formats of video games, T-Shirts, posters, books, assorted tat, etc. After all that stuff is crammed into your average small town / suburban record shop, there really isn't much room for actual CDs and Vinyl. That sorta works if you a hooooj city centre Virgin Megastore, in a smaller shop it just means they do nothing particularly well.
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    10 Oct 2006 07:31 AM
    if the dublin branch ends up closing, i will be sad... because it is a good shop with good choice and decent prices... bad business model or not
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    10 Oct 2006 07:40 AM
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    Will the two outlets in Dublin keep going as Tower, or change name?
    Music City seems to be on the way out too. The outlet in DL has a For Sale sign, with no mention of the retailer being unaffected.
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    10 Oct 2006 08:39 AM
    I find cds are lot cheaper to buy in HMV than in Tower!! Neither are great though. Whilst in Barcelona this summer the first record shop I went into had loads of cds in it that I had found impossible to get at home.. cd heaven! What is everybody's favourite record store in Ireland? I used to love Final Vinyl on Camden Street, haven't been in it since it moved though..
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    10 Oct 2006 09:46 AM
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    I find cds are lot cheaper to buy in HMV than in Tower!! Neither are great though. Whilst in Barcelona this summer the first record shop I went into had loads of cds in it that I had found impossible to get at home.. cd heaven! What is everybody's favourite record store in Ireland? I used to love Final Vinyl on Camden Street, haven't been in it since it moved though..
    Road Records is an obvious choice. I rarely go in there looking for something specific, but use the fact that they only stock decent stuff to guide my choice. I did however purchase a Luther Vandross 12" there last week that made me feel a little funny inside. Other than Road, Dublin is sorely lacking. Tower will be a major loss if someone creeps in, I did enjoy their sales as the usually stickered bona-fide classics, as opposed to HMVs offerings which is generally made up of dodgy stock compilations.. Is Freebird still on the Quays?? I haven't ventured down there is a long time but I noticed a sign for same at the Secret Book and Music store on Wicklow St??
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    10 Oct 2006 09:48 AM
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    I used to love Final Vinyl on Camden Street, haven't been in it since it moved though..
    Where's it now?
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    10 Oct 2006 10:06 AM
    there are two outlets of free bird, the one in the secret book store and the old one on the quays, the two owners fell out so one split to wicklow street. road is fookin great. thing is room space is outrageous in this town so lots n lots of money is needed to set up and run a store in this crazy town.
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    10 Oct 2006 11:36 AM
    I read recently that Virgin are looking to come back into the city centre. Dundrum is their 'flagship' store, but is out in the 'burbs.
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    10 Oct 2006 12:09 PM
    Yeah, think the Irish Towers are a franchise. They never have sales though or no decent ones anyway. Cheaper than HMV (there are some extortionate prices in HMV, last Isolee ablum was €28.49 for f**ks sake!) However, one problem i have with Tower is their lack of friendliness. Even on a basic enough level. I've been buying at least 1 CD a week in there for Gods knows how long and my relationship with them is still the same as the very first day i walked through the door. I buy on a less frequent basis in Road, at least 1 a month give or take, and it's a completely different story. I'll always have a chat about something with Julie, she'll ask how i got on with the last CD i bought and so forth. A much more pleasurable shopping experience. Oh and i'm pretty fond of City Discs too. Their 2nd hand CDs a above the norm and it's well stocked too.
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    10 Oct 2006 12:11 PM
    It sucks that it looks like the end of the road for tower, i think its a fairly decent record shop, they have always been in my opinion fairly priced, i i spend the most part of my wages on records cd's and dvds! plus it was/is the only decent place for bands to do instore performances. hopefully another record shop will take over the premises and please god it wont be turned into another bloody spar/centra mini market. i used to enjoy going into final vinyl but they never had and decent records, always the same crap! That mega store in barcelona is great, i found the place to be wall to wall with stuff ive never seen here, i have to say i picked up a few choice bargins there.
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    10 Oct 2006 12:27 PM
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    However, one problem i have with Tower is their lack of friendliness. Even on a basic enough level. I've been buying at least 1 CD a week in there for Gods knows how long and my relationship with them is still the same as the very first day i walked through the door.
    Some of them are friendly enough. I'm usually in there when it's busy so having a chat is pretty much out of the question but when it's quieter there's a couple of straff that are cool.
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    10 Oct 2006 12:49 PM
    Ah, i suppose you're right. It's a different dynamic than the small independent shop and it can be mental in there sometimes. Yeah, it's my first call for new releases and working in town means i'm probably over familiar with it as i pop in almost every second day. If it did go there'd be a big gap and i would defnitely miss it.
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    10 Oct 2006 05:23 PM
    Chapters used to have the best second hand cd section in Dublin but it downgraded big style a couple of years ago. They are moving to Parnell street next month so perhaps there is light at the end of the recent record shop death notices. BTW, Comet disappeared...when?
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