British music shoppers are angry that HMV
will not honor gift voucher cards as payment.HMV announced that it had gone into administration
in the UK on Monday, after struggling to compete with online alternatives such as Amazon
.Gift vouchers are a common Christmas present. Now millions of pounds worth of vouchers for the collapsed retailer are worthless.In one incident, police were called to a store in Oxford, England, after a dispute between two customers and a member of staff, according to NME
, one person wrote: "I've been mugged! My family mainly deal in HMV vouchers for Xmas. They've taken our cash but not given us anything in return!
Meanwhile, more tributes to the store and its legacy have been pouring in."Absolutely awful news about HMV. Terrible for the staff and the UK record industry as a whole. Worrying times,
" said Stuart Braithwaite
."HMV bankrupt. We may as well just give up on any medium that involves hard copy and get on with it,
" said rapper Professor Green
.The Huffington Post
has written about how its London store famously played a part in landing a record deal for The Beatles
, when their manager Brian Epstein
was unlucky in meetings with label executives, and fed up with carrying a tape reel around with him.A friend recommended transferring the music to discs so it would be easier to carry to meetings, so he took it to an engineer at HMV in Oxford Street. The engineer was so impressed that he called a friend, George Martin
, who went on to sign and produce the band. The rest is history.