Retail Deathwatch: Make your own merchant death list and predict the future

2 February 2009

We've been keeping a Deathwatch here on Bitterwallet as we watch the heroes of the high street collapse in a withering pile of debt and corporate administrators.

There's a lot of questions out there about which brands are going to come out the other side of the recession intact and we've all got our opinions about which merchants are going to bite it.

So we've gone and made Retail Deathwatch - a simple site where you can make your death list predictions. Make a list of five merchants you think are going to die off and see how well you can predict the future of the high street.

We'll mark off the merchants as they die and rank the death lists by most accurate predictions. Let's see who the Bitterwallet hive mind thinks is next to fall on the high street. The more lists we get the more accurate we may be...

Retail Deathwatch - Official undertaker of Recession 2.0

If you want to digg it...

TOPICS:   High Street News

39 comments

  • ffs
    This is sick, let's all have some fun watching peoples lives be fucked up as they lose their jobs. What a wonderful site. Hotukdeals made a massive mistake putting you on their site, i personally can't wait until you all lose your fucking jobs and see if you're all still laughing then. Cunts
  • Tony
    Can we have your word that no humans will be hurt in this amusing little game ?
  • Paul Nikkel EDITOR
    @ffs - You either have your head in the sand or you admit that times are tough. We think times are tough and not every merchant is coming out the other side. That's just the reality of the situation. @Tony - We don't have the ability to make merchants go broke... awareness of merchant problems in these troubled times can only be a good thing for consumers.
  • Xtremely O.
    I am very unhappy with the subject of this article and request that it be removed. The previous poster has a very valid point enough is enough. Lets see you on deathwatch, how long before the public see you gone? Lets see how long your jobs last!!!
  • iAn
    Companies that wont make the other side of R 2.0 are the ones with poor customer service or havent moved on with their business model or strategy. Customers who do have money to spend are going to be more careful who they spend it with!
  • Tony
    Paul you write: We don’t have the ability to make merchants go broke… awareness of merchant problems in these troubled times can only be a good thing for consumers. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul I'm well aware of that but you too have to respect that these companies that are going broke employ real people. Real people get hurt when they see others pouring scorn on their livelihoods. You're intelligent enough to know that EVERY business has problems in "these troubled times" and EVERY business will be looking at ways of cutting costs and saving bottom line. Wages are most companies major expense and by the time we get through this crisis a lot of people are going to be minus their job and income. By making the above into some light hearted game with a less that compassionate overtone you are not doing justice to the normal worker. By all means out the fat cats and those responsible for wasting company assets and monies. You could also seek out those companies that are jumping on the "credit crunch" bandwagon and taking the opportunity to shed jobs and assets when they don't have to. Respect is a fast disappearing attribute, do we need to make it any more redundant ?
  • Anna
    I set up a list, and the reply notification went straight to my yahoo mail spam folder. Just so you know!
  • James
    Normally light-hearted & fun.. This is a step too far. Not particularly funny.
  • ungulator
    how about not?
  • JJ
    I can't get a job, I have friends who have lost jobs or are walking on eggshells (not as fun as sunshine apparently). With that in mind I say bring it on! If you can’t find humour in a terrible situation like this then why laugh at anything? Besides I think if you take away the humorous overtones of this post, the website could make for a good business resource, not just for informed consumers but anyone involved in the capitalist system of this country (with internet access).
  • acecatcher3
    jesus wud u people shut the fuck up, omg ppl are losing their jobs cry cry cry, get with the program
  • Tony
    Your school shut tomorrow then acecatheter ?? Late nights are fun behind the keyboard aren't they?!
  • ungulator
    acecatcher3 is a messed up tgirl i heard
  • Liddle m.
    My guesses Bensons for Beds HMV Waterstones Jessops Land of Leather (or have they gone already?) Maybe later in the year, Boots, but only because they are leveraged up to their necks since being bought by those private equity sharks KKR.
  • acecatcher3
    no school for me, i have a job, credit crunch must be hitting u guys hard with the amount ur crying about it, send me ur email addresses, ill paypal u both £2, every little helps and all that....have a good 2009 :) xx
  • al c.
    please remove thos article as its sick
  • Liddle m.
    The BBB (Burn Books Brigade) are out in force today, eh?
  • sing2trees
    Very very poor taste, as usual BitterWallet.
  • acecatcher3
    i agree, can this article be taken down please, i lost sleep over it last night, this is my life we are joking about here! im sueing.
  • Darren
    I dont see anything wrong with this article, If I knew my company was going under, I would let you all know... Gives me time to get out. why would you stay with a company that may have 250+ Staff and wait knowing full well that the company isn't doing well through websites like these, Financial Times, BBC news etc... and then go looking for a local job with all the other 250 local workers at the same time.. Its crazy, if your worried and wondering what to do next then post your CV on a job site or with an agency and just wait for the calls to come in... I was 100% happy with my previous employer, but I always kept my CV up to date with agencies, they mentioned the job I am in now and I moved, even though I was happy the income was better! I know you want to be loyal to your company but regardless of how big or small the company is you work for you, they will forget you by the end of the week! Keep up the good work boys -
  • Jaysexy212005
    This is a step too far, with so many people out of work, job losses happening daily, this is a kick in the teeth for those people. This should be taken down.
  • Liddle m.
    Here's a thought. With all the real crap out there on the net - e.g. sexist, racist discourse - why don't the 'take-it-down' camp on here target their censoring tendencies elsewhere? Or, hold the fort, I have another thought .... Might there be a correlation in the mindsets of these two groups? I dunno, but I'm suspicious of those who come out strongly against writing like this. What is it they fear? That someone might be saying it as it is and actually interested in getting answers? Gawd forbid.
  • sing2trees
    Loving the top of the Deathwatch list
  • northy
    The people complaining will be the same idiots that will probably agree with the proposition that "even bad companies should never be allowed to go bust". If bad companies don't fail then there's no incentive to provide quality and efficient services / products and you can't rest assured that a foreign enterprise will be in quick smart to offer and alternative. Surely you imperialist, closet-xenophobic idiots wouldn't want that would you? If this article is removed, I'll assume that BW has been compromised and won't be back.
  • Liddle m.
    Northy, I like you. Don't go anywhere! ;)
  • Tony
    There's a vast difference between getting answers / telling it "like it is" and making light of peoples livelihoods. Like I wrote before I'm all for outing the wrongs in industry I'm just not for kicking the workers when they're already worried about their futures. I do despair of names like Liddle and Northy and Acatheter who are so brave and bullish hidden behind their usernames and monitors. I think it must be a simple case of bravado and playing Devil's Advocate because in real life I have seldom met people who have so little ability to debate sensibly without name calling and insults and with a staggering disregard to the welfare of their fellow citizens. "Do unto others as you would want done unto you" is a phrase that springs to mind. (I'll sit back now and wait for the insults to roll in................................)
  • northy
    In that case we should ban satirical comedy about parliament because if the poor performance of a political party is lampooned then the REAL HUMAN BEINGS who represent the party as MPs are in danger of losing their jobs! It's total hypocrisy, no one has anything against the grunts who work for these soon to be departed highstreet names but playing the "human misery" card at every opportunity is completely missing the point. It's the companies (through their poor practices) who are putting these people's jobs at risk. Also: regarding my user name, it's one letter away from my surname so who's hiding?
  • Darren
    TONY - you mentioned that this was a light hearted game, in what way is this a light hearted game? it simply asks that you predict five companies that are going to go under?, yes there is a recession and yes people are losing there jobs. But Im not causing that by my predictions?? thats like saying I shouldn't mention that the Labour Party haven't got a cat in hell chance at the next general election because I might upset the PM and his party? I really do have to agree with NORTHY on that regards playing the HUMAN MISERY card, we are such a soft nation, we dont stand up against anything and yet a simple website with a great idea gets attacked by those playing this card! An old fashioned company that doesn't keep up with the times and thinks it can survive on reputation is going under, not many young professionals as soon as they get there new homes / apartments are thinking wedgewood for the dinner set, Woolworths for some music and electricals and when they have kids thinking about shopping at Adams for the clothes. Consumers are changing the way they shop. they want luxury, quality and I dont think they are driven by the price either!
  • Tony
    Northy did you even read or understand what I have written ?? Respect was what I was advocating, nothing more , nothing less. "Grunts" pretty well states your position doesn't it.
  • northy
    Yeah, because calling them "colleagues" or "partners" isn't at all patronising? You're attempting to give it a pejorative meaning where none was implied. I suggest you check your facts... http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=grunt Anyway, it's patently obvious that there's zero discussion on here, just people posting diametric, intransigent views so I'll take my leave. Adiós.
  • Currysbod
    Can I suggest the web designer behind the www.retaildeathwatch.com website. Not because of the fact DSGi companies form 3/10 of the list, but more because he couldn't get a very simple site layout correct (all the numbers are too close to the list items). God knows what would happen if he didnt have a copy of Frontpage available.
  • Paul Nikkel EDITOR
    @currysbod - You do realise the front page list is made up from lists users have submitted eh...
  • Currysbod
    @ Paul Nikkel: I am aware the front page is made up of lists from user generated content. My issue is as soon as the list gets to double figures (e.g. 10 and above), the second number interferes with the first letter of the company title. This makes for a very untidy list and tbh is just plain sloppy web design (for good examples, look at any of the top 5 companies and the lists they are on and go past #10 and you'll see what I mean).
  • Rob
    Not appropriate or amusing
  • Amanda H.
    My List: Tiscali Jade Goody Plc What? You knew that already?
  • john d.
    To some the people that state we dont have the power to make businesses go bankrupt: yes we have. The more bad advertising you do to someone, the quicker they will go down. And destroing people's lives is not funny. Or is it? Anyway: PC World (because now everyone knows they dont have any real costumer support anymore, they made most of their technicians redundant, this means no straight minded idiot will ever buy anything expensive from them) Waitrose (people will start shopping at cheaper supermarkets, better eat non-organic than starve) TopMan RiverIsland (both because they offer badly poor quality merchandise at seriously silly prices. watch their late sales) Apple (not really, i just hate them because i really dont like them. unfortunatelly they will stay) This is my list. Enjoy the slaughter that will follow. Remeber to turn the other chick once the one without sin has thrown the first stone.
  • john d.
    omg: on the above post please read cheek and not chick. embarassing
  • Darren
    ITS OFFICIAL PEOPLE!, john Doe truly believes that Bitterwallet and its readers have the power to bring down business's! yet he's happy to give his list!!! APPLE!!!! how dare you!
  • john d.
    ammm.....i was talking about public opinion in general, not bitter sweet wallet. and yes, officialy media affects public opinion. if only bitter sweet wallet had more readers.

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