Can't get CV Mag in Washington

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Chris.
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I used to be able to pick up Computer Video easily, but now it's harder. I usually do my shopping in Washington, but neither Sainsbury's SavaCentre, Mills or ASDA ever have CV on the shelves, even though they do have a large range of mags including some fairly esoteric titles.

Washington is a fair sized town, home of the UK Nissan plant - I'm sure CV would sell if it were available, perhaps you should have a word with your distributors.

Tomorrow I shall go hunting around Sunderland City Centre for it.

I'm thinking of subscribing, but I much prefer reading a bit of the mag in a shop before buying, perhaps getting Camcorder User or something else that month instead should it look more tempting.

David Pearson
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SUBSCRIBE - you won't regret it!! You *will* miss that endlessly hunting through WH Smiths to see if it's in yet or sold out - like the proverbial hole in the 'ed...

Alan Roberts at work
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I live in a small village in the South (no, I'm not a Southern softie, it's where my job is, I'm a Northerner). We have a village newsagent/sweetshop/Post Office run by an industrious Asian. He delivers my Guardian daily and CV comes once a month. I've never understood folks' eagerness to get stuck into the crush in shop looking for something that can land on the doormat.

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Pierluigi
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HEY! less of the "southern softie" bit, I'll have you know that us southerners are hard as rock, ouch! damn it, I just broke a nail

Regards

Lui

alan wells
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As a newsagent, please be aware that as well as delivering copies of the Guardian (the norm is to people who wear beards and anoraks and sometimes, each to hide the other), your local newsagent can deliver your copy of CV to you doorstep.

Yes, direct mail from the publisher is great for the publisher because it guarantees the print run and continuity but it denies the margin that helps the small shop to stay in business.

If you live in a village or small town, don't complain when your local shop closes down - "Use it, or lose it"

bcrabtree
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The problem is that larger newsagents, understandably, don't necessarily stock niche publications, such as Computer Video, because they are thinking in terms of sales-generated per square foot, and this is less for the mags which don't have mass market appeal.

You have two options, as I see it:

1/ Use the form we print on the last news page of every issue to get your local newsagent to regularly reserve a copy for you

2/ Subscribe (using the form we include in every issue, the location of which is highlighted on the contents page).

Bob C

Alan Roberts at work
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Alan Wells is right on several counts. I am bearded (and bald, I prefer to think that I grew through my hair) but have no anorak. I first got CV mag from W.H.Smith in Victoria station on the way back from a meeting. Shops hereabouts knew nothing of it. So I just asked my local village newsagent if he could get it, and it started dropping on the doormat along with the newspaper. Now I discover that he regularly sells 6-8 copies a month in the shop, all because I asked for it to be delivered.

Note to Bob C: no thanks, I don't want to claim commission.

[This message has been edited by Alan Roberts at work (edited 20 February 2001).]

Chris.
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Yeah, sure I can subscribe. Yeah sure I can tell my newsagent to keep/deliver a copy.

I don't want to do that, I want to look at the contents page in the shop and decide whether to buy that magazine or another one.

There's nothing worse than getting a magazine home, settling down for a good read and finishing it in five minutes flat.

Please don't get me wrong, I have back issues of Computer Video which I have read from cover to cover, I have them stored away and they are often referred back to.

I was in Smiths in Sunderland yesterday, they had CV. I didn't buy it. I skipped through it and found nothing of real interest, nothing that I would want to take home and soak-up.

I spent my money on something else instead.

bcrabtree
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Chris,

As long as the retailer decides what is stocked and you don't complain to that retailer, the situation isn't going to change.

Bob C

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Chris.
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They'd only tell me to place a regular order - that's why I mentioned it here, thinking that maybe someone at CV magazine could use their contacts in the distribution chain to sort the problem out.

bcrabtree
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Unless the retailer thinks there is a demand, it won't stock the magazine no matter why I or anyone else on our side of fence tries to do.

People asking for the mag creates the demand.

Bob C

Chris.
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Yeah, you are right. On a side note, I recently asked in a shop and the guy told me that he thought the magazine had gone out of business! Turned out he was talking about Computer and Video Games.