chamony wrote:it is fairly important audest, the more shops shut, the less competition, the higher prices your paying,
play.com and hmv both were quite big players,
i know there are still many other places to buy but buying power usually means lower prices and i have some massive tesco's and asda supermarkets round where i live and both there selection of games and prices are s**t
so were left with smaller chains, independents and the internet
I live in the U.S., so HMV's fate really doesn't concern me. However, here in the states, we only have one really big video game retailer, being GameStop, and if it were to shut down, it wouldn't make prices elsewhere rise, it would just give other retailers more business. I don't know how things work in the U.K., but here, video game publishers have deals with developers, marketers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers, and those rates are the same across the board. These rates don't change according to the retailer, but rather according to the publisher. In other words, just because one of the main retailers goes out of business doesn't mean other retailers are entitled to corner the market and raise the prices. They still have to keep the same prices as before, because that's their agreement with the publisher.
Side note, in my experience, it is best to buy games from independently owned stores rather than chains because their employees are more educated than a corporate employee. Also, their prices tend to be cheaper.