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PostPosted: 07-11-2001 21:08    Post subject: FT positioning in my local WH Smiths Reply with quote

Why on earth has my local WH Smiths started placing the FT on the bottom row of the flaming Teenage Magazine rack? Took me ages to find the thing. The mag obviously has an appeal to a wide age range, but it sure doesn't belong next to Smash Hits!

Previously it was always next to all those dodgy UFO and astrology magazines - which was bad enough, but at least it was easy enough to find.

I wonder if this has only occurred in my local store (Stirling, in Scotland). If it has not, do the publishers have any influence over the positioning of their magazines?

Anyway, rant over. I can feel a subscription coming on...
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PostPosted: 07-11-2001 23:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeh, better getting a subscription, Claw - unless you want an excuse to go firkling through the Girlie mags section, ostensibly in search of FT?:p

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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 00:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Removed.

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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 09:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Down near me, I can find only 2 shops (not counting WH) that actually sell FT, and both display it on the TOP shelf!

Why?! I didn't realise that strange phenomena, and ghostly goings on were that much of a turn on.
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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 09:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, but semi-pornographic sister mag Bizarre gets pride of place on the bottom shelf next to Pokémon in my local Post Office. They used to display FT, when they stocked it, it the paranormal section (these were popular circa 1995) between MAX magazine and The People's Friend!

You'd never guess Bizarre's content by the covers though, would you? Smile
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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 09:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

My local WH Smug usually places it in the Science Fiction & Fantasy section now, whereas previously it was snuggled up next to Viz and Bizarre.
Mind you, they seem to move the whole shop around every sodding month so who knows where it'll end up?

Both of the small newsagents where I can get a copy choose to wedge it in between
New Scientist and Astronomy. Which makes a kind of sense.


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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 13:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

WHS in Warrington put it with Stamp Collecting and Prediction type magazines. Trouble is, these days they seem to move the displays every month.
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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 14:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same thing happens over here. Chapters, a Canadian book chain, can't decide whether FT belongs in News, Science, or a catch-all called Popular Culture that includes everything from Nexus to Buffy.

I guess FT baffles the clerks. "Midge, where should I put this magazine with a picture of the Queen turning into a lizard?"
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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 14:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

naitaka wrote:

I guess FT baffles the clerks. "Midge, where should I put this magazine with a picture of the Queen turning into a lizard?"


*LOL*

Completely off the subject - is 'Midge' a common name in Ontario? Is it short for
something else?
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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 15:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not common, but sometimes used as a nickname for Marjorie.
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PostPosted: 08-11-2001 20:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I'm just interested in that kind of stuff- the origins of names and so on.
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PostPosted: 09-11-2001 10:15    Post subject: Midge Ure Reply with quote

Hmmnnn...that's what I was thinking, but I've looked this one up and apparently Midge Ure
was given that name when he joined some band or other. His real name is
Jim, and there was already a Jim in the group. So they reversed it and ended up
with 'Mij' / 'Midge'.

That's his story, anyway.

As for finding FT in shops, I had quite a tricky conversation with a newsagent when I was
hunting for issue 152. "Fortean Times.......?", he said " I can have a look for you. What's it about exactly?".

I think I said something that sounded really stupid like "Um, well...er, sort of strange events and ah, y'know, weird.......stuff."


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PostPosted: 09-11-2001 20:36    Post subject: Grrrrrrrrrrr Reply with quote

WHSmith have a lot to answer for. They put FT in with the sci-fi/cult tv mags (like the buffy one and such). Every time I go in I ALWAYS say "Why do they have to put it in with all the fiction?", and a lot of the time a member of staff is around.


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PostPosted: 09-11-2001 20:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually find my copy of FT in a hedge.
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PostPosted: 10-11-2001 11:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea, either that or a petition of some sort.


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