As movie a self-proclaimed “movie fanatic”, I can tell you that I have been watching movies all my life. Along the way I’ve acquired up a library I’m pretty proud of that I believe reflects my tastes quite nicely, if I do say so myself. Now I’m not bragging but own a lot of DVD/BD titles. Yet it has been a long road to get where I am and it didn’t happen in one day I can tell you that.
I would bet that anyone reading this far probably is in the same boat. But the question I want to ask today is “How did you acquire your beloved library?” Further, and more to the point, “Do you buy new or used?”
This is a debate, I have found, that does not yield solely a one-sided answer. Reason being is that it exists on a playing field with so many variables. I guess the question I should follow this up with a concept question which is to ask “Is the shrink-wrap worth it to you?”
For years I held off buying new DVDs because to me (as I was in college at the time) they were very expensive. $25 is a lot for a student, especially when it would I could buy a hell of a lot of beer for the price of one new movie. Also the “special features” we really lame and not nearly not as abundant as they are today, making those titles of the time nothing more than digital VHS transfers (or dumps). In my mind, that’s just not worth it.
I bought “used” for years because the discs still play the same and I don’t think that opening the shrink-wrap yourself is worth whatever the DVD was priced. Especially if you could get it for close to half off the retail price once it was opened. Some people may turn their nose up at the idea of a “used DVD” but in the case of digital discs, this is nearly a can’t lose scenario. After all, it’s not like you’re buying a used car that may need maintenance down the road…it’s a plastic disc that can take a hell of a beating as proven by some of the Netflix rentals I’ve had in my house. Yikes!
Along the way to my current DVD/BD collection, there were few movies I really wanted to shell out the money for and open it myself (little conscious win there). Most times the only truly new DVDs were gifts at Christmas or on birthdays. Other times, I was just fine with used.
But on-line retailers, especially Amazon (and Ebay if you want to put in the time) really changed things up as you can get titles at great prices. I wouldn’t pay $28 in Best Buy if I could get it for $17…and if I didn’t need it right away (which most times I don’t) free shipping is a steal especially when their 5-9 day shipping time is really more like 3 to 4 days.
Where as I would laugh at how sickeningly overpriced Blockbuster movies were, I would happily go to raid their tent sales and purchase 3 titles for 20 bucks a few moths after the new releases ceased to be “new” anymore. Hey, a deal is a deal. Period.
So over the last 10 years, I may have been “nickel and dimeing it” and scoping used CD/DVD stores for deals like a refugee, but when the opportunity presented it, I’d actually break down and buy something brand spanking new. Fast forward to today, I have a much better paying job than I did out of college but I still I buy plenty of “used” titles. Saving 5 bucks on 3 DVD/BD titles will allow you to buy another title…and I’d call that a win:) Also I’m one hell of an Amazon.com proponent. At their prices, buying new is like buying used, except you get that giddy feeling of taking the shrink-wrap off yourself. It’s the simple things in life you treasure:)
So as long as they don’t come up with another format anytime soon, I’ll keep up my old habits. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right? But I guess where I’m going with this is just to re-ask the question I posed above “How do you buy your movies?” And further, “What constitutes your decision?“