Banquet Records will take your worthless HMV vouchers and give you 50% offJanuary 17th, 2013 • 6 Comments
If you’ve got a (currently useless) HMV gift card and are in the vicinity of Kingston-upon-Thames, you can use it to get 50% off a purchase in local indie Banquet Records – no matter how small the amount is that is pre-loaded on to your card.
A statement on the Banquet site says:
We’re very aware and sad that people are looking at losing their jobs, and we’re concerned about the effect HMV’s possible closure may have on physcial releases in general. However, one gripe many have is the current situation where gift cards are now no longer valid at HMVs. Whatever happened, its certainly no fault of the person who got someone a Christmas gift, and its unfair on someone to not be able to use their credit.
We wanted to find a way to make these gift tokens valid at our store. So this is the idea we could come up with. We’ll offer anyone with a valid HMV gift card 50% off in our store up to and including Sunday 20th January.
We want people to come and experience our record shop. To see it’s not all doom and gloom for music retail nor for the high street in general. To come and re-embrace physical releases and the experience of buying them. Pop into our store at 52 Eden St, Kingston and we look forward to welcoming you.
A nice gesture and one that’s well worth taking up if you’re in the vicinity and have an HMV gift card burning a hole in your pocket. There’s a few T&Cs as well, so check out the Banquet website before you start spending.
Handy if you only have a few pence left on a gift card.
Reading that they’ll also give you back the gift card after the promotion ends meaning in HMV start to accept gift cards again once certain creditors have been dealt with (Comet did similar remember) then you can still use them.
I thought they were going to keep them all for themselves haha
^ They were originally going to keep them. Now they are going to return them to you if you visit the store again after the promotion ends.
Just before everyone runs to banquet records you should know they specialise in drum&bass and punk/indie music. Which is by no means a bad thing. But a substitute HMV they are not.
Surely though they’re going to be giving 50% of the value of the card, like if you have £5 on a card they’ll give you £2.50 off – so they must be able to check the card balance and presumably wipe it out? They’re not going to give £8 off a £16 disc to someone with 3p on a card??
Sue, that’s exactly what they will be doing, 50% off in return for the temporary handover of ANY value giftcard. Although they’ve stated on their FB page that they don’t believe people will do that kind of thing as it’s not in the spirit of their promotion. How little they know about the mentality of HUKD subscribers…..