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Re: Special Reserve

Post by Swainy » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:28 pm

They also had a shop in Sawbridgeworth, used to visit it fairly often.
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Re: Special Reserve

Post by Dam » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:15 pm

They had a shop near Nottingham too, can't remember if it was stapleford or sandiacre? I went there only about twice I think.

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by HalcyonDaze00 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:38 pm

didnt realise they had so many shops, thought they were purely mail order

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by Dam » Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:41 am

They only had about 6 shops I think, we've probably named them all in this thread. The Nottingham one was a late addition, and it wasn't open for very long I don't think.

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by boggyb68 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:58 am

Joined this when it was new in around 88.. got Kick Off on the Amiga as my first purchase..

Always found them competitive, bought my PS1 from them, actually driving up to the Sawbridgeworth shop to get it.. also used to visit the Upminster store from time to time.. they had a a shop in Egham in Surrey and one in Bristol too I believe...

Towards the ed when I used to buy summat when they asked for my membership number (it was something like 4627) they could not believe how low it was compared to
the 6 figure numbers they were dishing out by then.. :)

Still have some of the catalogs at home somewhere.. full of red splat savers.. lol..

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by thingonaspring » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:49 am

pretty sure my amiga cartoon classics pack came from there. with a ridiculously oversize 4-game box with it, which (coincidentally), i saw again at my folks this weekend, because they'd been trying to sort out their loft :D

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by HalcyonDaze00 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:34 am

Anybody got the final word on what happened to them?

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by AmigaJay » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:17 pm

Went into liquidation in late 2005 after selling Freeola web space etc they had a buyer but pulled out at the last minute, Cliff Rainbird, son of founder Tony Rainbird ran it upto the closure.

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by ootini » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:24 pm

I used them an awful lot back in the early 90's for Amiga games. The prices were always really good. Even with the delivery charges and exchange rate on the sterling, it work out cheaper than buying in the shops here. They always sent stuff out quickly and were very prompt with the few returns I had.

Used to pour over the adverts in Amiga Power and make lists, work out how much it was going to cost and then bug my parents for the use of a credit card and get them to call them up and order over the phone. The same lad, Jamie I think was his name, nearly always took my orders over the phone. Still have everything I bought from them up in the attic back in the folks house. - A friend of mine also used to use them all the time for Megadrive games.

Still have a stack of NRG magazines somewhere too

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by thl » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:31 pm

I first came across that page after reaching the end of the Sega Power and Sega Force magazines. Never bought anything from there though. Really liked the game catalogue for it as I was interested to see what new releases are available. Plus I recalled the Sonic and Tails cuddly plush toys, which make great addition to Sega owners.

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by The Laird » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:19 pm

I always prefered Silica :wink:

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by thingonaspring » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:26 am

hmm. now i've seen that logo, you've cast doubt on where my cartoon classics pack came from! it could have been silica! :? :D

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:39 am

That Jaguar advert... Used to stare at that for ages in an issue of Sega Power (only the one I have has different game screenshots). That was the first time I'd heard of the Jaguar. Still haven't got around to getting one, but that advert makes it sound like the best thing in the world.
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Re: Special Reserve

Post by The Laird » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:36 am

I pre-ordered my Jaguar from Telegames but I pre-ordered my Jaguar CD through Silica and bought loads of games from their shop inside the Luton Debenhams 8)

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Re: Special Reserve

Post by HalcyonDaze00 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:58 am

but that advert makes it sound like the best thing in the world.
wonder if they were sued for false advertising?!

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