Gramophone is a leading retailer of Blu-Rays, DVDs and music CDs, with a chain of outlets throughout Singapore.
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Gramaphone the case of severe under-rated-ness!
Gramophone stores isn't as widely known as compared to the massively popular HMV. However, I walked into the store and was taken aback by the bits and pieces of pleasant surprise.
The store isn't gigantic. In fact, it is minuscule in scale compared to yes, what else but HMV. Despite dwarfing in the scale factor, I was impressed with it's surprisingly wide array of DVDS and CDS. It had practically everything you could find within an ordinary HMV store, minus the clothing store; the ones usually installed within the HMV outlets. All the albums that I struggled to find at CD-Rama, especially those albums that derived from either Japan or Korea, could actually be found stacked in Gramophones racks!
Gramophone truly shifted my perspective. Never ever undermine the teensy-weensies. They could be gold mines!
They had I want
I've been walking into music stores during that period of time looking for Led Zeppelin. Having listened to their music long enough, I thought that I just had to buy their CD. However, I've been utterly disappointed by many stores. It seems that old music isn't stocked by most shops.
Gramophone was different. They had it. I remember it: Led Zeppelin's Mothership. I do recall that the price was a little steep, but I didn't care. I still think it was a good purchase.
I do believe that the cashier looked at me for a little while as she packed it, and till now I'd imagine that she was thinking what good taste a kid had :)
Everyone's downloading their music and movies online nowadays, so music shops nowadays cannot simply settle for average, as this might foresee a certain lack of customers in the store. However, Gramophone has clearly failed to realize this notion, and is the exact epitome of 'average'.
Gramophone dabbles in music CDs, DVDs, blu-rays. The range of CDs they have there range from kid-oriented, to pop and rock, and even heavy metal. However, while an extensive products is good, the CD collection in each of these genres are limited, and it is apparent that Gramophone merely offers breadth, but lacks depth.
Some of those CDs at Gramophone are also really outdated. Locals nowadays generally prefer KPop or pop-rock as their genres of choice, but Gramophone seems awfully oblivious to this fact, and they're still stocking up on tired Mandopop and Jazz.
However, Gramophone does host frequent sales, so the DVDs there are probably worth a grab during such sales. The DVDs that Gramophone offers are generally mainstream movies from recent years, but they do retail a few classics like Breakfast at Tiffany's and Grease as well. During such sales, prices of DVDs can dip below market price, so it's probably worth the look. Otherwise, I'd say head to HMV. That's what I call variety.
Will not survive for long
In short, Gramophone is just one huge mess. With boxes of CDs stacked on tables all over the shop, it really makes one wonder when they will close down since they look as if they are all packed and ready to move out.
Gramophone has a largely limited selection with CDs and DVDs from years ago. The stock isn't quite up to date as most stores, and it is extremely hard to find what you want because of how everything is arranged. There are no clear labels or markings, and eventually you'll just give up searching. I really wonder how Gramophone has managed to survive for so long and I foresee that it eventually will not, unless it revamps itself.
a matter of time before we see the closure of Gramophone
Gramophone used to be a place i would hang out with my friends back then during my secondary school days and that was perhaps 10 years back. I recall we use to go crazy over the selection of CD's they use to carry. They had a wide array of CD's and collections from various artist from around the world with different genres. But looking at the state of it now, you can call it pitiful.
The moment you step right in, it makes you feel out of place and as if you are in a shop that are just merely trying to survive with its never ending clearing out sale. The shop seems very unkempt with empty shelves compared to the good old times when business was good and they were constantly updating on whats new in the music industry. sometimes all you see are the old albums from yesteryear's.
I wonder how long can it hold on since people hardly buy CD'S and records nowadays. Gramophone is becoming a thing of the past and i guess whats left are good memories of the old days.
Not keeping up with times; limited variety
With so many record shops pulling out - in recent times we saw Tower Records and Sembawang close down - I'm surprised that Gramophone is still standing. The way they operate hasn't changed much all this time, and I don't think it's sustainable.
Admittedly Gramophone holds a lot of sales. Every time I'm there, there are always items on offer, with more popular items at $16, and less famous names going for $8 or 9. That's still too expensive to many. Let's face it, nearly everyone downloads music, or takes music from their friends. And music preferences change so fast, who wants to buy a CD only to "realise" they don't love Justin Bieber 10 years down the road? (No, I don't listen to Bieber now, it's an example.)
Besides, the indie/alternative and international selections in Gramophone are pitifully limited. The 'World' section in Gramophone is full of clichéd compilations of "Parisian café" and "Brazilian beach" music. I'd rather see actual foreign musicians like French singer Camille and Lebanese star Fairuz.
I'm waiting to see how long Gramophone can last like this...