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  1. The problem with Game specifically was the awful customer service. I would try every other shop before going there, as there was too much of the "comic shop" mentality that meant you were ignored unless you were regular who knew the staff well. The last time I was in my local Game, the bloke behind the counter ignored me for 5 minutes whilst he talked to the other member of staff who wasn't working, but had gone behind the counter to drop something off for later in the day. And that was typical of their attitude. For a big shop, I was always suprised how much more friendly people behind the counter were in HMV. So if I did want to buy a game, I know where I would go. If you're competing against the internet, you need to offer something more than higher prices and worse service.
  2. So hang about. Even if the USA is secular (and "In God We Trust" printed on the currency doesn't help that particular thought), does their secularism override the UK's supposed Christianity? Is there a league table for this? Does Satanism override secularism? I'd rather be associated with the compassion of Scotland than any of the bile on that site.
  3. I had to take this picture. (Even though they've just moved to the other side of the road, it warmed my heart to see it)
  4. Saving instead of spending saves you the 15% VAT, so even with interest rates near 0%, by putting your money in a savings account you've made 15% (in a creative accounting kind of way)
  5. The BBC had a story last night where figures had risen from 5 million to 15 million, which they called an "exponential rise". Perhaps they need to study some basic maths before using words they don't understand!
  6. ... and so can afford to invest in the infrastructure to cope with the regular snow, instead of investing in snow clearing equipment that's used every seven years, which you would also no doubt complain about as a waste of money.
  7. I always thought of asking prices as a leading indicator, but thinking about it, in a falling market it's the other way around isn't it? People put their house on at a high price, and as it's left on the market longer and longer, they drop the price until it finally sells. So in a falling market, the sale price will be lower than the asking price. That then feeds through eventually to the next person who puts their house on the market, and if they're in any way sensible, they'll put their house on near the price the last one sold. And so as the average selling price drops, the initial asking price will follow it down.
  8. Apart from the fact that it was hugely overpriced for a 2 bedroom terraced house in the first place, this is one of the biggest drops I've seen around my way: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-204...=2&tr_t=buy They do at least seem to have the right idea about bold price cuts! Sat Aug 16 10:49:13 2008 * Price changed: from '£450,000' to '£425,000' Fri Jul 11 20:26:36 2008 * Price changed: from '£499,950' to '£450,000' [Found by mervyn] Mon May 12 13:37:23 2008 * Price changed: from '£549,950' to '£499,950' Fri Apr 11 19:10:21 2008 * Price changed: from '£575,000' to '£549,950' [Found by wheelie] Sun Mar 30 14:05:58 2008 * Initial entry found. [Found by wheelie]
  9. And Bushells closed their branch on Shepherd's Bush Road last month too. Apparently they have "moved" to the same address as their Hammersmith branch.
  10. One warning about using any website for purchasing currency. Even though you're making a transaction in sterling, your card provider may charge you a foreign currency charge. I bought some euros from Travelex on my debit card, and was rather annoyed to find this currency charge. It's a Visa charge rather than my bank's charge, and I'm going to complain about it - as far as they should be concerned, I'm making a transaction, within the UK, to a UK company, and asking Visa to settle a payment in sterling, so I can't see why I should have to pay this fee.
  11. My sister lives in Llandaff, and it seems an average enough area - why is/was it considered "immune" Masked Tulip - my parents moved from Tycoch several years ago - how's it doing now?
  12. I was walking past a "luxury" development in Angel the other day. It looked like it had a grand marbled entrance - until you could see one of the marble "stones" was peeling off the wood underneath! Edit for spelling
  13. That's almost exactly the same rant as I had yesterday, when I was watching the BBC news at lunchtime and Robert Preston said that even though the report recommended against it, now that the chancellor had raised the idea, he was almost certainly going to implement something like it. I simply don't understand why people think they have the right to make money from the younger generation by selling them houses at higher and higher prices - and that they should pay twice, once through a giant mortgage, and once through taxes to allow banks to give those giant mortgages. I'm astonished by how quickly Gordon Brown and Darling have managed to completely alienate me. I'm not a "life long" support of any political party, blindly voting for a party, so I've voted for different parties. But after voting for Labour several times, there's absolutely no way I'll vote for them in any coming elections. How can they not see the damage they're doing with this desperate flailing around? Anyway, rather than simply complain, I'm taking the step of learning another language, so I can leave this country behind, and take my tax payments elsewhere should they make any sort of bailout like this actually happen.
  14. They did say that the £750,000 house had not risen in value at all in the year that they had bought it - and that was back in March. That must be a first for LLL surely?
  15. We signed a contract to pay a renewal fee, which we paid at the end of the first year, but I've refused to pay since. I just tell them to let the landlord know we won't pay, and if that's not acceptable, we'll move out. The landlord has a word, and the fee is dropped. We're finally on a rolling contract now, so that problem has gone away. The only reason they won't put you onto a rolling contract is because it's a nice little earner for them to charge £50 to photocopy a letter, but usually the landlord can persuade them otherwise.
  16. Things are suddenly changing here in W6 in London. Some prime property areas on the edge of Holland Park, 1 bed flats £330k, houses 850K, that sort of thing. On Shepherd's Bush Road, the main road up from Hammersmith, Chards (who I think are a chain) have had a bit of a desk rearrangement, and there's now lots of space and not many desks. And more significantly, as I walked past Bushells (who are a big London chain) today, I saw their office was closed, saying they had moved - to the address of their other Hammersmith office, so that's more of an office closing than an office moving. So it would seem that the lack of sales if finally feeding through to the estate agents.
  17. You're right, you do need to have visited it in the past. I'm scanning all the properties on Rightmove that come up in W6, and that was one of them. I'd never clicked through to see the stunning mezzanine before though!
  18. According to Property Bee, it was on at £295,000 and was reduced to £279,950 around April 25th. So originally they were asking for even more! Edit - looks they're a pair of flats - same price and reductions for the flat underneath http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-182...18&tr_t=buy
  19. That absolutely says it all. Property Bee is bringing some good news - I'm tracking W6 and W12, and this sort of thing is staying on for months, then dropping 20k to 30k at a time. I'm on the other side of Hammersmith Grove, and here 1 beds were going for £350k, and 2 beds for over £400k. Insane! And all usually with the "luxury executive" feature of the washing maching and cooker in the living room as "open plan" living.
  20. Things are clearer when you say house prices as fractions of a million pounds. 250k doesn't sound so much, but one quarter of a million pounds says it all. A million pounds is what people used to hope for as the "big win" in life, and now they think one quarter of it is a decent price to pay for a 2 bed flat!
  21. I just spotted this on Rightmove using PropertyBee http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-198...12&tr_t=buy It's been on since at least April 4th at £360,000 (probably longer, that's the first time I ran PB) It was reduced in price to £345,000 on April 21st, and now it's down to £310,000 today. Imagine being a naive housebuyer who paid the asking price before the reductions. You'd feel like those people on Location... who put in a sealed bid, and were then accidentally sent the details of the other bids, and found out they outbid everyone else by 50 or 100K. Of course the estate agent with the yellow and green logo is involved in this, but it made me stop and think that just 6 months ago people were desperately outbidding each other just to secure a property "before it went out of reach", and many of them may have overpaid by amounts like this. That's 5 or more years extra on the morgage, or a year or two's salary gone, just because the EA put on a stupid price, and you fell for it. I suspect we'll see a lot more of this as people get more desperate to sell to a market where buyers are largely absent.
  22. Is their plan going to need parliamentary approval? If so, would it be better to write to your own MP / a group of MPs / etc? Is there a parliamentary committee that will oversee this? I really want to do something about this, but want to target the most effective audience.
  23. Property Bee is reporting quite a few drops in prime W6 / Hammersmith territory. £435,000 reduced to £395,000 on quite a few flats. Still a ludicrous price for a 2 bed flat, but it's a beginning. Even starting to see that sort of price drop on 'cheaper' flats - £395,000 reduced to £365,000.
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