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Brent L
07-29-03, 10:22 PM
I hit the pawn shops over the past few weeks, and here is what I have picked up, and the price for each...

1) Armageddon (2-Disc Set; Criterion Collection) --- $8

2) The Rock (Criterion Collection; 2-Disc Set) --- $8

3) 12 Monkeys (Special Edition) --- $8

4) Bad Boys (Special Edition) --- $5

5) Cast Away (Special Edition 2-Disc Set) --- $5

6) Day of the Dead (OOP) --- $10

7) Devil's Advocate (Special Edition) --- $5

8) Dracula: Prince of Darkness --- $5

9) Girl, Interrupted --- $5

10) My Fair Lady --- $5

11) Near Dark (2-Disc Set) --- $8

12) Saturday Night Live - 25 Years of Laughs --- $10

13) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Special Edition 2-Disc Set) --- $10

14) Training Day --- $5

15) Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition) --- $8

16) Walt Disney Treasures: Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio --- $15

...some great deals, while a few that weren't all that great but still a bit of money saved.

Do any of you guys ever hit the pawn shops? You can really find some greta deals from time to time in those places.

WhiteRob
07-29-03, 10:24 PM
I do it every once in a while. They usually don't have anything, but I've seen and picked up a few good deals there. The other day, they had a brand new Princess Mononoke that I grabbed for $10.

UncleCaveman
07-29-03, 10:29 PM
Hell yeah I have

Mortal Kombat- 2.50
Criterion Armageddon- $6
Jeepers Creepers- $5
Blue Velvet- $5
Jurassic Park III- $6

TopHatCat64
07-29-03, 10:30 PM
I'd hit it :hump:

couldn't resist...

Anyways I certainly would If I knew where to find one near Boston.

Brent L
07-29-03, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by TopHatCat64
I'd hit it :hump:

couldn't resist...

Anyways I certainly would If I knew where to find one near Boston.

Just go to this site (http://www.uspawnshopdirectory.com/) and search for pawn shops in your area, by City/State.

I used this web site in order to find most of the pawn shops that I went to the other day where I picked up most of the $5 on my list. I printed out the listings, got dirrections, and hit them all, heh.

darkflounder
07-29-03, 11:21 PM
I usually hit the pawn shops in my town, looking for guns. While I'm there, I usually peruse the DVDs. I've never gotten nothing, especially never something like a Criterion.

It's usually nothing but Wal-Mart cheap-bin movies.

feagfilms
07-29-03, 11:39 PM
I hit our local ones all the time, the one closest to my house carrys over 200 titles and none over $10 for single disc, most are $5-7

i bet i've bought half the dvd's i own at pawn shops- picked up numerous OOP dvd's at them

the best were

Platoon- original THX- i actually got $75 for that back in the day
Last Days of Disco-found numerous of these
Duck Soup- Marx bros.
Dawn of the Dead- both versions
They live
sixteen candles
-- i found Midnight Run and Weird Science at the same one on same day

thank god my wife made me sell all the above, as all but one has/or will be re-released

lesterlong
07-29-03, 11:45 PM
I think I'll try that sometime. Do most pawn shops take credit cards?

Brent L
07-29-03, 11:47 PM
Originally posted by lesterlong
I think I'll try that sometime. Do most pawn shops take credit cards?

I've never been to one that didn't, but I'm sure there are some around that don't.

Dimension X
07-29-03, 11:58 PM
Looks like the Criterion Armageddon turns up a lot at pawn shops. I got mine for $7.

RyoHazuki
07-30-03, 12:01 AM
The pawn shops here in Phoenix suck. I went dvd hunting to about 10 different pawn shops. Bad selection, bad prices. Total waste of time.

greatjedi
07-30-03, 12:19 AM
Pawn shops are great! The other day I found a mint copy of Gettysburg for $10.00 :)

victant
07-30-03, 12:21 AM
I used to visit used DVD stores before a lot of the Wherehouse Musics shut down. The pawn shops around here seem to specialize on "hot" merchandise, but alas...no DVD's. :(

nightmaster
07-30-03, 08:14 AM
I've been hitting the pawns for DVDs since I bought my first player; I picked up the habit long ago buying VHS movies the same way so it was inevitable that the pawns would embrace DVD selling as well.

SINGLE104
07-30-03, 08:37 AM
Maybe that's where some of my DVDs that were stolen from me just a few months ago went to. I never thought about the pawn shops, or my DVDs were exchanged for drugs.
But at lease, I replaced them all with the insurance money that I received. But no, I didn't even know that pawn shops sold DVDs up until now. Just as mentioned before above, they are probably stolen merchandise, and I wouldn't feel confortable on purchasing them because of the feeling of guilt.

Ravenous
07-30-03, 08:49 AM
I go to the Pawn shop all the damn time and I find ALOT of great stuff. The problem is, alot of em know what they have and they try to rip people off! They sell alot of items for basically the new price! What pisses me off the most is that alot arent willing to deal with anyone. Which kinda makes me think that the deals you guys are saying (Criterion - $8) is total bull ****. I guess there are some really dumb people at your stores (or at least know the position of a pawn shop), and Ive just gotten a bunch of pathetic thieves down here. Ive gotten a bad taste at the pawn shops and found alot to be the "trash" theyre percieved to be.

feagfilms
07-30-03, 11:12 AM
i hit pawn shops all the time, i've never been to any who have a clue to the value of and dvd's

case in point i saw just yesterday- one had some known 5.88 dvd's from walmart in their $8 row.

and some new releases like 25th hour, and auto focus in there in $6 row.

Criterions i have found at pawn shops.

Henry V - $10
Hamlet- $10
the Rock-$11
Rebecca-$9.99
Man Bites Dog- $7

never seen armaggedon

but pawn shops are full of Chasing Amy and Royal Tennebaums

Jonny2k1
07-30-03, 11:14 AM
The only DVD I bought from a pawn shop was <b>Ladie's Man</b> for something like $5. The problem I have with pawn shops, and any previously viewed DVD for that matter is the fact that it might be scratched. If you could open the DVD and see what condition it is in, then that's different. But if I can't see the condition, and if the store has a shotty return policy then I hesitate to make a move. Cheap DVDs are one thing, but cheap DVDs that don't play are another.

MisterHowie
07-30-03, 11:27 AM
I hit them whenever I'm around one and I have a minute, but I never ever see any deals like the ones you guys are describing. I usually see a bunch of junk, a ton of VHS, and if they do have DVD, the prices are usually higher than I'm willing to pay for a pawn shop used item. I guess I should keep looking...

kmcrowl
07-30-03, 11:45 AM
I hit one local Pawnshop 2 or 3 times a week. They seem to be hit or miss on there prices. Picked up X files season 7 for $26.00,The Shield S1 for $20.00 but then they want almost full value for Godfather set and the Sopranos. All the rest of the DVDs are 9.99 and less. The selection has really picked up the last few months. Also you can look at all the discs before you buy. The rest of the Pawnshops around here suck.

Brent L
07-30-03, 12:22 PM
My friend found the last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation at a pawn shop in Nashville when he was on vacation there for only $20, then turned around and sold it on eBay a few days later for around $70.

Jackskeleton
07-30-03, 12:40 PM
All the time, You can't beat the deals and sometimes you find some great OOP stuff.

milo bloom
07-30-03, 01:05 PM
From various pawn shops, used CD and software stores

Manhunter 2 disc LE $8
Silence of the Lambs Criterion $13
"" MGM $10
Hannibal $8
Red Dragon 2 disc $11

All six Cowboy Bebop DVDs for about $7 a piece.

feagfilms
07-30-03, 03:32 PM
I just remembered one, i kick myself for turning down

I found the Puppet Master box set for $60, and didn't realize it was rare- i went home and saw it goes for $150 easily

i didn't make it back for a few days, but it was already gone

saw sex and the city Season 1, today for 7.99? 2 discs-- i've never watched the show or i mgiht have bought it.



And I always inspect every disc i buy, i'd say 90% of the time, they're as close to new as you can get

CheapBastid
07-30-03, 07:54 PM
Salo $11
The Killer CC $8
Hard Boiled CC $8
Spinal Tap CC $14
Little Shop of Horrors $5
Swamp Thing $4
Mickey Mouse in Living Color $20
Little Mermaid $15

tommyp007
07-30-03, 09:54 PM
Originally posted by Jackskeleton
All the time, You can't beat the deals and sometimes you find some great OOP stuff.


yup, me too

NoirTech
07-30-03, 10:10 PM
So I decided to go to the pawn shop on the way home. Weird,...now that I think about it, I've never been to a pawn shop. Went to the one on Golf Links & Pantano here in Tucson. Some place called Quick Pawn. So I walk in, and the first thing that hits me is the row upon rows of guns and rifles. Wow, someone is sure getting ready for war. :-) Not only that, but every single employee there was packing. Not concealed, since that is not legal here, but out in plain view,...since...THAT is legal. Heh. Arizona laws crack me up. You can't have beer on stage at a club, but you can carry a gun (though, not at all clubs). Anyways,...back to the pawn shop. I walked over to the DVD section that I noticed up on a spinning rack. The guy behind the desk was watching me. Seriously watching me. Did he think I came in to rob the place? Anyways, no hello, no goodbye, no nothing. Is this normal? Or am I just too used to good customer service from other establishments.
Unfortunately, I did not find anything good at the pawn shop. My friends though tell me, that this particular pawn shop is kindof a strange one to go to. They also mentioned about the gun carrying clerks, even before I said anything. hehehe. nice.
I'll have to try some others around town.
Oh yeah, in case anyone wonders about prices,...I didn't see any DVD over $10. Though, nothing I needed.

atari2600
07-30-03, 10:58 PM
i would but i dont know where any are around here. anyone know where some good ones are in SoCal?

Brent L
07-30-03, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by atari2600
i would but i dont know where any are around here. anyone know where some good ones are in SoCal?

Check out that link I posted earlier in the thread near the begining. It'll tell you where the pawn shops are anywhere in the US.

C_Fletch
07-31-03, 10:41 AM
Most of my collection is from pawn shops. Great source for OOP or Criterions. Here's some of what I have found:
Seven Samurai - CC $9
Rashomon - CC $8
Flash Gordon - $5
Recently picked up 6 Special Edition James Bond Films for $7 each.
X-Files Season Set for $40(can't remeber which one though)

I have to agree with the poster in reference to the trashy stores as well as trashy service. Some are betters than others though so I would not base your opinion on 1 or 2 stores as they differ in quality substantially from one store to the next.

I've found that Flea Markets are also a good resource. Found the Sleepaway Camp Box Set for $7. Sealed Close Encounters 2-disc for $9.

In reference to the scratched disc problem, I have found a store - CDWarehouse that resurfaces DVDs & CDs. They also have a coupon on their website that allows you a free DVD or CD resurface. Here's the link:
http://www.cdwarehousemn.com/deals.htm

Sorry only good for people in the Mpls/St.Paul Metro but they have a corporate website also which is:
http://www.cdwarehouse.com

Don't know if they offer the same type of deals nationally though.

Good luck & Happy hunting!

Flashback
07-31-03, 03:25 PM
Originally posted by NoirTech
Anyways, no hello, no goodbye, no nothing. Is this normal? Or am I just too used to good customer service from other establishments.
Unfortunately, I did not find anything good at the pawn shop. My friends though tell me, that this particular pawn shop is kindof a strange one to go to. They also mentioned about the gun carrying clerks, even before I said anything. hehehe. nice.
I'll have to try some others around town.
Oh yeah, in case anyone wonders about prices,...I didn't see any DVD over $10. Though, nothing I needed.

You have to understand...pawn shops are not usually run by 'respectable' people. The ones I am familiar with are in NYC, CT, and Chicago. Put it this way...they don't like you and you don't want to like them. The majority of what is for sale is stolen. Small items like DVD's CD's etc are easily turned over and put right up for sale. You can go in every week and find something different. I do not buy from them because I would be supporting theft. Not everything is stolen but the majority is. Usually the big ticket items are held in the back or off-site for a certain amount of time before they are put up for re-sale or traded.

There are items that are legit for people who needed money quick. However, from my experience with people I know who worked for pawn shops you are supporting unlawful things.

milo bloom
07-31-03, 04:15 PM
If the morality and legality issue bothers you, ask what their policy is for buying from you. If they ask for some form of ID, like the used CD stores I go to, then I have no qualms buying from there.

BJacks
07-31-03, 05:31 PM
I've never found a pawn shop that carries DVDs. The last one I called didn't even know what a DVD is. They said they had them and when I went there it turns out he was talking about CDs.

Bill Geiger
07-31-03, 05:35 PM
I'll be hitting 3 Pawn shops in the coming two weeks so I am hoping to find some gems. These pawn shops are in the midwest and I am almost positive they don't have a clue! I am hoping they have a couple gems.

bigE
07-31-03, 06:01 PM
No dvd deals to speak of. However, this thread set me back $150 for vintage Fender P-Bass, in beautiful condition. Originally priced @ $279, I traded in an old SLR camera & my old, old no-name bass for the difference. Very :cool:

Brent L
07-31-03, 09:53 PM
To put off going to Pawn Shops because you feel they are unlawfull most of the time is insane. All of the pawn shops I go to are very nice looking places, at times like a small store, very clean, and great and friendly people working there.

The majority of the times pawn shops are great places. I assume you just have been mixed up in the wrong ones.

As said before, ask them their policy about buying things from you.

HistoryProf
07-31-03, 11:39 PM
I've nabbed a couple of criterions at pawn shops:

Third Man - $8
Red Shoes $7

and have seen Armageddon half a dozen times.....unfortunately where I live now is total suck for finding deals...but Mesa, AZ had a couple of spots that were fairly lucrative....

groovrbaby
08-01-03, 12:48 AM
brizz - wher in Mesa? I live in Chandler, so I'm right there...any tips? I didn't even know pawn shops carried dvds, though i've never been IN a pawn shop. Hell, i'm going tommorow.

NoirTech
08-01-03, 12:54 AM
Wow,..all of a sudden,...the AZ people start coming out for this thread. :-)
I'm gonna make it a point to visit some other pawn shops this weekend. I'll even give the one I went to just a few days ago another try.

glassdragon
08-01-03, 02:04 AM
I used to live at pantano and speedway... but in ohio now :lol:

NoirTech
08-01-03, 02:11 AM
Originally posted by glassdragon
I used to live at pantano and speedway... but in ohio now :lol:

Weird. My wife is from Ohio.
...to quote my own signature....
"dun dun duuuunnnnn"

:-P

Tigger
08-01-03, 02:57 AM
Anyone have any success, recommendations, etc.. in the Los Angeles/Hollywood/Glendale areas?

Buck Turgidson
08-01-03, 03:02 AM
Pawn shops remind me of Maynard, Zed and the Gimp...

DrOBoogie1
08-01-03, 06:03 AM
Something to keep in mind before you buy from a pawn shop: Just about any time someone sells stolen CDs or DVDs, they sell them to a pawn shop (or to a used CD shop). That way they get easy, quick cash and the product disappears quickly too. So if you are buying DVDs from a pawn shop, there is the possibility they may be stolen. (That's not saying ALL pawn shop DVDs are stolen, but some most certainly are.)

For me, personally, I'd rather not support that kind of business.

SilverScreen
08-01-03, 06:49 AM
Maybe that's where some of my DVDs that were stolen from me just a few months ago went to.

Same thing happenned to me when I moved two years ago. I lost my entire collection (approx. 300 at the time). Also lost my DVD player, receiver, etc... (good stuff too) Thank god my insurance covered it... the moving company totally blew me off...

Never even occurred to me that this stuff would end up in a pawn shop....

Ravenous
08-01-03, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by SilverScreen
Same thing happenned to me when I moved two years ago. I lost my entire collection (approx. 300 at the time). Also lost my DVD player, receiver, etc... (good stuff too) Thank god my insurance covered it... the moving company totally blew me off...

Never even occurred to me that this stuff would end up in a pawn shop....

What did you do to make sure your insurance covered for your collection? Just supply them with pictures or what? How did that work? Im curious because Id like to know what I should do to make sure my stuff is protected.

SilverScreen
08-01-03, 09:35 AM
My homeowner's insurance was through State Farm and it was actually my homeowner's insurance that covered. I even bought the moving insurance and they didn't cover it.

Luckily they covered it without me sending them pictures (which I didn't have). I gave them all of the receipts for the electronics and only some of the receipts for the DVD collection. Again, luckily enough they covered it all with no problem all I had to do was itemize the more expensive DVD's and give them some of the DVD receipts.

I wouldn't say my method was a very good one though. My agent told me after the fact that I should definitley keep all the receipts and also take pictures of anything I own of value. I took his advice.

bmac_007
08-01-03, 11:30 AM
i checked out a few pawn shops near me but all they carry is porn and for some reason i dont really like the idea of buying used porn.

bothanspy
08-03-03, 07:18 PM
Where are some decent pawn shops in Chicago? I've searched all the thrift stores up and down Milwaukee Ave, but I didnt turn up much. No idea where to go for pawn shops that are worthwile (and in safe neighborhoods).

milo bloom
08-03-03, 08:56 PM
Out in the burbs, bothanspy.
There's a few places called Disc Replay, they're a chain of independantly owned used CD and DVD shops and even have video games at some.
Just recently I picked up the Norah Jones CD and the Vangelis version of the Bladerunner soundtrack for $7 a piece. My wife found a copy of Ogre Battle for the N64 for $18. I assume that's a good price since she nearly tore my arm off to show me.

There's also a place called Cash Converters with three locations. They're a little more hit and miss, but I've picked up a few gems over the years. The one in Schaumburg used to have deal of 100 used CDs for $100.

Also, check the places like EB games and Software Etc in the malls, ever since the PS2 came out, they've started carrying used DVD movies.

RyoHazuki
08-03-03, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by brizz
I've nabbed a couple of criterions at pawn shops:

Third Man - $8
Red Shoes $7

and have seen Armageddon half a dozen times.....unfortunately where I live now is total suck for finding deals...but Mesa, AZ had a couple of spots that were fairly lucrative.... Where is AZ? Ive been to plenty of pawn shops and found nothing. Please tell.

NoirTech
08-03-03, 09:46 PM
Originally posted by RyoHazuki7
Where is AZ? Ive been to plenty of pawn shops and found nothing. Please tell.

Mesa, Arizona

Buford T Pusser
08-03-03, 11:38 PM
I don't tend to get into the places but I did hit two about a year ago. All I found was "Out of Sight" for $11-decent price at the time.

MGR
08-04-03, 12:45 AM
Originally posted by NoirTech
So I walk in, and the first thing that hits me is the row upon rows of guns and rifles. Wow, someone is sure getting ready for war. :-) Not only that, but every single employee there was packing. Not concealed, since that is not legal here, but out in plain view,...
Well, that probably cuts way down on the complaints and the whining about scratches and smudges on the discs ...

NoirTech
08-04-03, 12:58 AM
Originally posted by MGR
Well, that probably cuts way down on the complaints and the whining about scratches and smudges on the discs ...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Oh man..this had me on the floor.
You are probably right. heh. :-)

Corleone316
08-04-03, 01:17 AM
I'm a DVD perfectionist. I only buy stuff online or from the store.

RyoHazuki
08-04-03, 01:31 AM
Originally posted by NoirTech
Mesa, Arizona Woops. Didnt proofread my post. It was supposed to say Where in Az?

bmello
08-04-03, 06:42 AM
Originally posted by Flashback
You have to understand...pawn shops are not usually run by 'respectable' people. Usually the big ticket items are held in the back or off-site for a certain amount of time before they are put up for re-sale or traded. However, from my experience with people I know who worked for pawn shops you are supporting unlawful things.

Anytime a Pawn Shop takes in a "Pawn" for a loan or for straight sale they are taking a risk. Yes, some of the merchandise is stolen but there is always a risk of the police confiscating it as evidence. If that happens the Pawn Shop takes the hit, there is no reimbursement plan. That is just part of the shady business. Some Pawn Shops take greater risks than others. Depending on the local laws, they typically have to hold the "Pawns" that were sold to them for anywhere from 3 to 30 days before putting them out for sale. That gives the merchandise time to "cool off" so to speak or let someone claim it via the police. Most people that work in Pawn Shops are just like any other Salesman, trying to make a living buying low and selling higher.

Brent L
03-20-04, 05:42 PM
I went to a few pawn shops today and I found a DVD that I've been looking for for over a year now. At a run down pawn shop in Greenville, SC I found the Widescreen Special Edition of Short Circuit. It's OOP and goes for anywhere between $25 and $50 on eBay, when you can even FIND it on eBay. I haven't seen any of them up for auction in about a month or so, so it's pretty rare.

I picked it up at the pawn shop for $9, woohoo!

LasVegasMichael
03-20-04, 06:01 PM
Very interesting. Thanks for resurrecting this one.

I have never even thought of PS as being a possible source for DVD bargains, and will definately check it out.

Between So Cal and Las Vegas, I gotta be able to find a few!

Brent L
03-20-04, 06:03 PM
Originally posted by LasVegasMichael
Very interesting. Thanks for resurrecting this one.

I have never even thought of PS as being a possible source for DVD bargains, and will definately check it out.

Between So Cal and Las Vegas, I gotta be able to find a few!

Go to the following site to find pawn shops near you.

http://www.uspawnshopdirectory.com/

I forgot all about this thread untill today. Since this thread was active, I've found a bunch of other great deals, like The Werewolf Classic Monster Collection DVD for $6.

chemosh6969
03-20-04, 09:42 PM
I just look in a phone book under "pawn shop".

I've been meaning to go look at some pawn shops for the last year but have just been too lazy to go to all of them.

the_dude8
03-21-04, 02:14 AM
Originally posted by BrentLumkin
Go to the following site to find pawn shops near you.

http://www.uspawnshopdirectory.com/

I forgot all about this thread untill today. Since this thread was active, I've found a bunch of other great deals, like The Werewolf Classic Monster Collection DVD for $6.

the website does not work on locating a PS near you. they want to charge $99
Our mailing list (over 12,000 entries) of Pawn Shops is sent via email only $99.00. It comes with our entire list of Pawn Shops in three formats: Microsoft Word, Excel and Access. The list includes phone, website and county information where available. You may order online using VISA/MC with PayPal by clicking this button:

victant
03-21-04, 02:22 AM
Personally, there's nothing like finding that rare gem at a pawn shop, especially for a ridiculous price. ;)

OT: I found the SOTL:CC for $20 about a year ago.*


*<small>on topic: I found the Silence of the Lambs:Criterion Collection for twenty dollars about a year ago</small>

DeltaSigChi4
03-21-04, 04:45 AM
Originally posted by the_dude8
the website does not work on locating a PS near you. they want to charge $99

Same post I was going to make.

BTW: Never tried looking for dvds at pawn shops; I guess if it's an OOP DVD it'll be in used condition wherever you happen to acquire it - be it a pawn shop or Ebay.

spudseq
03-21-04, 06:36 AM
I make the rounds to all the pawn shops every tuesday.
I have bought almost 100 of my DVD's at pawn shops.
even found 2 superbits there, for 5 bucks apiece.
I LOVE THE PAWN SHOPS !!

ETILIM19
03-21-04, 06:58 AM
Flashback

where do u go in nyc?

milo bloom
03-21-04, 10:27 AM
Originally posted by victant
Personally, there's nothing like finding that rare gem at a pawn shop, especially for a ridiculous price. ;)

OT: I found the SOTL:CC for $20 about a year ago.*


*<small>on topic: I found the Silence of the Lambs:Criterion Collection for twenty dollars about a year ago</small>

Lambs.


CC.


$13

;)


I also found the Swamp Thing DVD for about $13 right after the big brouhaha a while back. Watched it, enjoyed the boobies, and sold it for a nice profit.

Brent L
01-15-05, 06:39 PM
I just wanted to bump this up to say once again, it never hurts to check in pawn shops for deals. Here are two examples:

1) The other day my cousin went to a pawn shop, and saw the Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box for only $20. He was going to buy it, but their credit card machine was down. He left to go to an ATM, and when he got back to the shop (less than an hour later) someone else had bought it.

2) I recently bought the Blues Brothers: Collector's Edition and Mystery Science Theater 3000 at a pawn shop for a grand total of only $14.42. I'd have to say that this was the best find that I've EVER discovered before.

I also bought Gitaroo Man for the PS2 at a pawn shop the other day for only $10.

TNAJason
01-15-05, 06:51 PM
I got Brazil:CC for $5 at my local pawn shop,the movie had been recommended,and I saw it and knew how much it was worth,and said "Why Not?"

I today just got From Hell:DLE 2-Disc for $3! $3! Yay!!!

TNAJason
01-15-05, 06:53 PM
I wish I could find Toy Story-Ultimate Tox Box for $20 :(

Brent L
01-15-05, 06:55 PM
As do I. That's pretty much my highest want right now.

I can't believe they had the Brazil: CC for only $5. I can understand a single DVD for that much, but a box set? Wow.

Al Padrino
01-15-05, 08:08 PM
This thread once again makes me wish I had pawn shops that dealt things other than cheap jewelry and stolen TVs.

The Monkees
01-15-05, 08:31 PM
Way back in June 2002, I was in Nashville and I found the following:

Rebecca: Criterion- $10
The Blob: Criterion- $10
The Mummy- $10 (back when it was extremely hard to find the original monster movies from Universal)

Cameron
01-15-05, 09:00 PM
My friend found the last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation at a pawn shop in Nashville when he was on vacation there for only $20, then turned around and sold it on eBay a few days later for around $70.

i'd like the address for this one. and the one right above my post...

Joe Molotov
01-15-05, 09:10 PM
I make the rounds at the local pawn shops almost every week. I find them to be good places to get the movies you kinda want, but you just don't want bad enough to pay full price for. Stolen goods? Maybe so, but the way I see it me, the thief, and the pawn shop are all coming out ahead on the deal, while only the original DVD owner is getting the shaft, so it's 3 vs. 1. Just kidding, all the pawn shops I go to seem like fairly respectable places. My favorite two are part of chain called EZ Pawn, and they have a good, ever changing selection at nice prices.

Just today I picked up:
A Clockwork Orange - $4
Kentucky Fried Movie - $4
Bananas - $4
Meet Joe Black: Ultimate Edition - $5

Lepus Rex
01-15-05, 09:46 PM
Nah, I'm one of those people who avoids pawn shops for "moral reasons." It's not so much the stolen property thing... I mean, that's part of it, but what really bothers me is that these places profit by exploiting the misfortunes of the poorest and/or most desperate members of society. Pawnbrokers are parasites, IMO, only a step above pimps and loan sharks. I'd rather spend a few more dollars on a dvd (and live with a clear conscience) than line some scumbag's pockets. :)

wastro
01-15-05, 10:00 PM
I understand the qualms about "stolen merchandise," but used DVDS at places like EB or GameSpot still may be stolen.

For me, I've only bought two DVDs in a pawnshop -- I got Man on the Moon (w/Jim Carrey) and Edward Scissorhands for $5 apiece.

I don't agree with some of the other clean conscious objectors; the way I see it, pawn shops are legit businesses.

Dabaomb
01-15-05, 10:06 PM
This thread once again makes me wish I had pawn shops that dealt things other than cheap jewelry and stolen TVs.

This thread makes me wish that we had pawn shops period in NYC :mad:

nightmaster
01-16-05, 01:24 AM
i'd like the address for this one. and the one right above my post...

Can't help you there Cameron, but there are several in Murfreesboro; Whenever I'm there I believe there are four pawn shops I make the rounds of. As for Nashville, whenever I go to The Great Escape (by the movie complex on the north side of town) I wander the length of that street to hit the pawns as well; there are probably half a dozen on that street alone.

garolo
01-16-05, 08:29 AM
A few months ago I was in Colorado Springs. It seemed like there was a pawn shop on every corner. I stopped in a few and they all had the same crappy dvds like Malibu's Most Wanted and the titles found in Walmart's 5.88 bin.

I too wish there was a pawn shop or two in my area. The used CD/DVD stores are too in-the-know to let the rare stuff get onto the sales floor. On the other hand Game Stop and EB seems to let a few slip through.

taronga
01-16-05, 09:34 AM
Generally speaking, DVDs at my local pawn shops originate from Walmart, and for older movies that usually means fullscreen.

Htom Sirveaux
01-17-05, 12:33 AM
I find good deals all the time... of course some shops are much better than others!

Chinatown $5

Star Trek: Nemesis $2 (yeah, I know it sucks but you can't beat that!)

Starsky & Hutch $4

Mallrats $6

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Live At El Mocambo $5

South Park: Season One $8

T2: Extreme Edition $8

Lion King $7

O Brother, Where Art Thou? $6

Somewhere In Time $2

Dinotopia $2

Tony Dvdfan
01-17-05, 12:52 AM
I've actually never been in a pawn shop. That site BrentLumkin posted said there's one nearby, hopefully they'll have some bargains for me.

thelwig14
01-17-05, 01:29 AM
Robocop CC for $5. Ebayed for $61. I have found about 5 Armageddon CC through the years and quite a few Flash Gordons.

Dexter Douglas
01-17-05, 09:21 AM
I've actually had a bit of good luck in Co. Springs. Within probably the last six months I've stumbled across Sanjuro CC and Rushmore CC for $5 a piece. I also found a Wings of Redemption Spawn figure NIB for 5$. I'm thinking about selling that as it's going for around $40 now on ebay.

garolo
01-17-05, 11:28 AM
I've actually had a bit of good luck in Co. Springs. Within probably the last six months I've stumbled across Sanjuro CC and Rushmore CC for $5 a piece. I also found a Wings of Redemption Spawn figure NIB for 5$. I'm thinking about selling that as it's going for around $40 now on ebay.

You seem to have better luck than I. I tried a few shops on Academy, all they had was junk. I tried a few downtown, more junk. The CD/Dvd place by the park on Bijou (I think) had some good stuff but not at those asking prices. All in all I was pretty disappointed with the hunt.

I'm really curious as to why are there so many pawn shops there?

Dexter Douglas
01-17-05, 12:07 PM
I'm really curious as to why are there so many pawn shops there?

My guess? All the military bases out here, although why any self-respecting movie collector would pawn or worse sell a Criterion besides Royal Tenenbaums is beyond me. When CD Warehouse was open, I found the Rock CC for $15 too. You'd think that if someone forked over the cash for a CC, they'd know what the had. I guess some people are just stupid.

Brent L
01-26-05, 12:16 PM
My latest pawn shop run is just insane:


A Night to Remember (Criterion Collection) - $6

The Blob (Criterion Collection) - $8

The Element Of Crime (Criterion Collection) - $12

Gimme Shelter (Criterion Collection) - $6

Grand Illusion (Criterion Collection) - $8

WWE Westlemania XIX (OOP) - $8

Phantasm: Special Edition (OOP) - $4

The Lion King: Platinum Edition (OOP) - $6

Snow White: Platinum Edition (OOP) - $12

Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Set - $8

The Two Towers: Extended Set - $8

Earthquake (OOP) - $6

Peter Pan: Special Edition (Disney classic, OOP) - $8

Alice In Wonder Land: Masterpiece Edition (OOP) - $7

Toy Story & Toy Story 2: The Ultimate Toy Box (OOP) - $12

Toy Story (OOP) - $6

Fletch (OOP) - $8

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (OOP) - $8

The Osbournes: Season 1 - $5

The Osbournes: Season 2 - $5

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Fifth Season - $5

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (OOP) - $5

Cameron
01-26-05, 12:18 PM
sounds like somebody came on hard times or got robbed for that stash...wish i could come across one of these finds

Geofferson
01-26-05, 12:25 PM
Not recently, but back in the day, I searched them for LDs.

Brent L
01-26-05, 12:25 PM
Good lord, that wasn't from one single pawn shop. I got all of that from a series of pawn shops all within 50-100 miles from my home.

Dexter Douglas
01-26-05, 01:57 PM
This past weekend, I came across the Wolfman Legacy set for $10, so I picked it up. It had a tin picture-type thing of the Wolfman from Van Helsing, so I just think of that as a bonus. I also picked up the Spiderman '67 collection for $25 about a month ago. Not outstanding deals, but definitely not something to ignore either.

Cameron
01-26-05, 11:59 PM
i gotta start looking for the toy story set in pawn shops...i have both movies but never gave in for the box....all these deals i keep hearing of...gotta find some shops

Shagrath
01-28-05, 03:34 PM
I've bought a couple things from pawn shops in the past. Just if I saw one on the way home or something, I would swing in and take a couple minutes to see what they had. Today, I decided I was gonna go on an adventure, so I printed up a list of pawn shops from yellowpages.com, and hit about half of them in a 3 hour period. Most of them had the same crappy movies, but I did find a couple bargains to add to the library.

The Last Temptation of Christ: CC 7.00
Six Feet Under: Season Two 20.00
X-Files: Season One 19.99

I think I'm gonna try to hit up a slew of pawn shops maybe once or twice a month, and hopefully I'll do at least as well as I did today.

squaresoft7
01-28-05, 06:43 PM
I like how a previous poster found salo, killer and hardboiled...........right, that musta been a month after they were released back back back in the day.

nightmaster
01-28-05, 08:13 PM
My guess? All the military bases out here, although why any self-respecting movie collector would pawn or worse sell a Criterion besides Royal Tenenbaums is beyond me. When CD Warehouse was open, I found the Rock CC for $15 too. You'd think that if someone forked over the cash for a CC, they'd know what the had. I guess some people are just stupid.

Another good example of this is Fort Knox, Ky. area.......there are several pawn shops there and in neighboring Elizabethtown.
As for people just being stupid, pawn shops are in the business of buying items to make a sizable profit off of, lets' face it, other people's hard luck.

robsul82
01-28-05, 08:21 PM
I'm in New Orleans for school, and I have no idea where any pawn shops are in the city, and in THIS city...they'd probably be a little frightening, lol.

DVDHO
01-28-05, 08:23 PM
Yes all the time.

Soprano's season 1-$45 unopened
Soprano's season 2-$35 opened but flawless
Jarasic Park 1-$5 bucks

And countless $5 flick's,and he has deals 1 for 5 2 for 10 or 3 for 12,I go in there about once a month and I walk out everytime with at least 1 flick.

Brent L
01-28-05, 08:24 PM
I'm in New Orleans for school, and I have no idea where any pawn shops are in the city, and in THIS city...they'd probably be a little frightening, lol.

http://www.uspawnshopdirectory.com/listing.php?city=NEW+ORLEANS&state=LA+-+Louisiana

bmello
01-28-05, 09:18 PM
I'm in New Orleans for school, and I have no idea where any pawn shops are in the city, and in THIS city...they'd probably be a little frightening, lol.

Take your skirt off and go check them out. Don't get too scared at Mardi Gras.

Dabaomb
01-28-05, 09:19 PM
Yes all the time.

Soprano's season 1-$45 unopened
Soprano's season 2-$35 opened but flawless
Jarasic Park 1-$5 bucks

And countless $5 flick's,and he has deals 1 for 5 2 for 10 or 3 for 12,I go in there about once a month and I walk out everytime with at least 1 flick.

gotta love ppl that give 1 for 5, 2 for 10 deals ;)

story
01-28-05, 11:10 PM
I've never really found pawn shop DVD deals, but once I picked up a Hattori Hanzo sword for only $250 bucks at a pawn shop in El Paso.

Josh H
01-29-05, 03:18 PM
No.

1. I don't really like to buy used DVDs. Especially given how many movies can be found for $10 or less new if you wait a few months.

2. Pawn shops around here are scummy.

3. I worry to much about buying stolen goods that were sold to the pawn shop.

TNAJason
01-29-05, 03:37 PM
OH YEAH!!!

I found the following at the pawn shop today....

Swamp Thing! $5!!
Supergirl:Limted Edition $8!!
Rock:Criterion $8!!!
Batman Animated Series Vol.2(Why would someone sell this?) SEALED $20 !!

I wanted to kiss the owner of the shop but didn't.

ScottsDvds
01-29-05, 04:49 PM
Most pawn shops I visit have poor selections and poorly treated DVDs. You guys must of hit them before me.

paul.n3w
01-29-05, 05:29 PM
Salo $11
The Killer CC $8
Hard Boiled CC $8
Spinal Tap CC $14
Little Shop of Horrors $5
Swamp Thing $4
Mickey Mouse in Living Color $20
Little Mermaid $15

You've got to be kidding. I've had dreams that started out this way :D

robsul82
01-29-05, 09:07 PM
Dude, did you just insult my Mardi Gras-ing? Oh dear...

Later.

RJS

sxwxs
01-29-05, 10:49 PM
you'd be surprised of what good finds you can get at a pawn shop but its usually only a few times a year besides regular normal titles. sadly, around here most of everything looks like its been ran over by a mac truck. but there are days...almost famous bootleg directors cut brand new 7 bucks, band of brothers mint 35 bucks, and other various titles for 7 bucks and when you get lucky enough to find a bunch..3 for 15! woot!

Brent L
01-30-05, 12:40 AM
I bought the rare Tool "Salival" DVD/CD set today for only $8. Not only that, but it is brand new and factory sealed. I didn't really know what it was, but I seemed to remember it being pretty rare, I think I read that here at DVDTalk a while back, so I picked it up.

Since, for some reason, I've been having such good luck at finding great deals here lately, I think I'm going to actually stop being greedy for a few times and post some of the ones that people have asked for in the DVD Treasure Hunt thread.

Jazzinator
01-30-05, 10:21 AM
I've had a few scores myself:

Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues set $47
(the best find yet)
Indy Jones set $25

tommyp007
01-30-05, 10:26 AM
Salo $11
The Killer CC $8
Hard Boiled CC $8
Spinal Tap CC $14
Little Shop of Horrors $5
Swamp Thing $4
Mickey Mouse in Living Color $20
Little Mermaid $15

:drool: I've never found that good a deal. Most people around Asheville seem to trade in lots of "hit" movies and walmart $10 dvds. Still...i keep looking and hoping!

George T
01-30-05, 01:05 PM
There are no dvd deals at pawnshops in my city. Anytime I've checked, they've been just as or almost as expensive as new ones at Walmart etc. I don't know how they sell any. :hscratch:

Buford T Pusser
01-30-05, 01:33 PM
I went into two pawn shops once in a small city. About three years ago.

Picked up the Limey for $8. It was much higher back then.

ViewAskewbian
01-30-05, 02:04 PM
Somebody just unloaded a bunch of Criterion discs at a local pawn shop but, alas, unlike the early days of my hitting these sort of places for DVDs, the shop owners now know what Criterion discs are worth and they price accordingly. The had the OOP Lambs there for $70 (CDN.). Oy!

wewantflair
01-30-05, 07:37 PM
Somebody just unloaded a bunch of Criterion discs at a local pawn shop but, alas, unlike the early days of my hitting these sort of places for DVDs, the shop owners now know what Criterion discs are worth and they price accordingly. The had the OOP Lambs there for $70 (CDN.). Oy!

I love this idiotic mentality by the pawn shop owners. I hope their entire inventory sits in the store, taking up space, until a little kid vomits all over it and ruins it. You can be sure that the fool who traded his stuff in was given absolute bottom dollar for it, so these clowns are just trying to squeeze outrageous moolah from people.

This actually reminds me of a story from the late 90's, back when WWF wrestling was extremely hot and the little WWF action figures went for exorbitant prices on ebay. I was making quite a bit of extra cash buying up collections of these things and selling them off.

Anyway, I found this one particular pawnbroker who had a load of old, disgusting toys sitting in a plastic bin. They were covered in all kinds of dirt and grime - still, nothing that probably couldn't be removed with a little TLC. I flippantly asked, "How much for these wrestling toys?" The guy chuckled, whipped out a price guide, and said, "Oh, they are all different prices..." Laughing maniacally, I just walked away. That idiot still probably has them lying on a shelf somewhere...

STEVEIGNORANT
01-30-05, 08:07 PM
You can be sure that the fool who traded his stuff in was given absolute bottom dollar for it, so these clowns are just trying to squeeze outrageous moolah from people.

I was making quite a bit of extra cash buying up collections of these things and selling them off.


?:hscratch:

TNAJason
01-30-05, 08:21 PM
OH YEAH PART 2!

I found another pawn shop 8 miles away....

Forgotten SEALED $8
NAIL GUN MASSACRE!!! $3!!!
Robocop:Criterion $8!!!
Catwoman(I know,I know) SEALED $5

I wanted to kiss the owner of this store,but she wasn't there......