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Posted 19th Dec 2018

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Many of the shelves were already empty when the M.E.N paid a visit yesterday, but there was still plenty of stock left including Harry Potter, Playmobil and Star Wars toys - all at 50% off.
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Hamleys is a rip off store. Prices are extortionate.

Virtually same stuff costs a 1/3 online.
MisterNippy19/12/2018 12:31

Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of …Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of year it shows what sad state of affairs this country is in.


Hardly, it's just that online is king as people's shopping habits have changed. I for one hat going to the high street...
Also, Toys'R'Us were the ones who screwed the high street for toy sales. They didn't believe the internet would take off so got Amazon to fulfil their orders on their behalf, getting people used to using Amazon instead...
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Only about 20% of the store is stocked at the front. Don't make a special trip, I looked in at 20% off and found very little. 50% last night when I passed by. Seems only the London store can make money after seeing it on tv recently. Maybe the new Chinese owners are streamlining.
Edited by: "micronX7" 19th Dec 2018
Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of year it shows what sad state of affairs this country is in.
MisterNippy19/12/2018 12:31

Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of …Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of year it shows what sad state of affairs this country is in.


Hardly, it's just that online is king as people's shopping habits have changed. I for one hat going to the high street...
Also, Toys'R'Us were the ones who screwed the high street for toy sales. They didn't believe the internet would take off so got Amazon to fulfil their orders on their behalf, getting people used to using Amazon instead...
N3M3S154 m ago

Hardly, it's just that online is king as people's shopping habits have …Hardly, it's just that online is king as people's shopping habits have changed. I for one hat going to the high street...Also, Toys'R'Us were the ones who screwed the high street for toy sales. They didn't believe the internet would take off so got Amazon to fulfil their orders on their behalf, getting people used to using Amazon instead...


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I did wonder, after they closed down the top floor of the store for a 'party room'. Unfortunately, charging ridiculous retail prices has eventually caught up with them.
They do have to take a lot of money in these shopping malls just to pay the rent - shops are always coming and going. Think Hamleys is now owned by a Chinese company - if they can't make a profit from Chinese produced stuff no one can.
yorkie1211 m ago

They do have to take a lot of money in these shopping malls just to pay …They do have to take a lot of money in these shopping malls just to pay the rent - shops are always coming and going. Think Hamleys is now owned by a Chinese company - if they can't make a profit from Chinese produced stuff no one can.


every single time i go in here i find what i like to buy then go online to purchase it and always save around 25% if not more so it was bound to happen
Edited by: "cdeeclaire" 19th Dec 2018
Hamleys is a rip off store. Prices are extortionate.

Virtually same stuff costs a 1/3 online.
These London stores think they can just open branches up North, charge the same prices (but not offer the same experience as London) and expect people to flock to them.
Hamleys already went bust a few years ago and given the prices they charge, I am not surprised they are closing down.
coolio2819/12/2018 13:03

Hamleys is a rip off store. Prices are extortionate. Virtually same stuff …Hamleys is a rip off store. Prices are extortionate. Virtually same stuff costs a 1/3 online.


Not quite the same experience on line for the young ones and some older lol. But yes, you can reduce the costs.
Edited by: "micronX7" 19th Dec 2018
MisterNippy1 h, 14 m ago

Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of …Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of year it shows what sad state of affairs this country is in.



Often it can come down to other reasons such as the date a lease expires, break clauses, or even accounting periods. Maybe the thinking is that they won't shift all the stock post Xmas so shift it now, and it's less to transfer down to the London store with all the associated costs of doing that.
The sale is crap everything was still ridiculously priced
It’s a shame, but physical toys don’t seem to attract as many kids as electronics.. both a downfall of Toys R Us too when they were late to the gaming gen party, that and tied in with what I’m guessing is very expensive rents at the TC
micronX719/12/2018 13:19

Not quite the same experience on line for the young ones and some older …Not quite the same experience on line for the young ones and some older lol. But yes, you can reduce the costs.


If you’re smart you’d take the kids to the store, tell them to pick the presents they
would like and then buy them online.

Think outside the box don’t be like Jose
Hamleys were always more expensive, the London branch could rip off tourists and get away with it. When you can buy the same toys for far less from Argos in the same shopping centre then it was inevitable it would lose customers.
spatterjayhooper19/12/2018 14:26

Hamleys were always more expensive, the London branch could rip off …Hamleys were always more expensive, the London branch could rip off tourists and get away with it. When you can buy the same toys for far less from Argos in the same shopping centre then it was inevitable it would lose customers.


:/ there is no Argos in the Trafford Centre.
chrishaharr319/12/2018 13:58

It’s a shame, but physical toys don’t seem to attract as many kids as ele …It’s a shame, but physical toys don’t seem to attract as many kids as electronics.. both a downfall of Toys R Us too when they were late to the gaming gen party, that and tied in with what I’m guessing is very expensive rents at the TC


I would not say Toys r Us were late to the gaming gen party at all. I purchased the PS2 console bundle from them in 2001.

It was the internet that got them and failing to move with the times. Prices that are vastly overmarked in the first place.
MisterNippy3 h, 25 m ago

Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of …Well if Hamleys cant make a profit and have to close down at this time of year it shows what sad state of affairs this country is in.


No, it probably says more about companies like Hamleys (and Toys R Us, RIP) in terms of how their business is run, company identity and pricing structure, and maybe failing to change with the times and stay relevant, rather than any kind of comment on "the state of affairs in this country".
powerbrick19/12/2018 15:04

:/ there is no Argos in the Trafford Centre.


But there is an Argos somewhere nearby? I mean, they're everywhere!
spatterjayhooper2 h, 31 m ago

But there is an Argos somewhere nearby? I mean, they're everywhere!


but none on the TC so you statement makes no sense. John Lewis has a toy department. Nearest Argos is in Urmston.
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