Finally took the plunge and made the switch to binders for my DVD collection, and now I have more than 1000 empty DVD cases that I need to get rid of. I'd hate to just trash them... not even sure they can be recycled. What to do with them???
Put them on the curb in front of a house 2 doors down with a "Free" sign on them. Next door is too obvious and 3 doors down is a band.
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Keep them so when you realize that you hate having your collection in binders, you can put 'em back in their cases and back on the shelves where they belong...
A few weeks ago the wife and I decided to do the binder thing with our several hundred DVDs. I got as far as buying two good sized binders and about four big plastic bins to store the cases in, brought them into the kitchen and then started thinking about taking all those discs out of their cases and then figuring out what order to put them into the binders, and what would I do about getting new titles in a series (like MST3K) and then I started thinking about all the titles I had purchased over the years just because I found them cheap at the used DVD store and someone on some forum somewhere had mentioned it was a good movie but it had just collected dust on my shelf and did I really want to bother putting those in a binder?
We ended up grabbing all those questionable titles and started listing them on half.com and we've been selling like crazy. The binders and the plastic bins went back the day after I bought them to the store.
I believe I've said this here before, but Meritline cases are the only way to go with a project like this:
I don't have my movies stored in them, but I used to be a pretty active music DVD trader. I've got 8 of these totes dedicated to my collection. Very easy to shift things around for sorting purposes, since you simply move the sleeves on the rails.
I prefer the 510-capacity model, simply from a manageability standpoint...but you can get cases that hold 1000 or more.
I then use www.gcstar.org which is a free "Delicious Library"-like clone for Microsoft based computers to organize the collection:
which allows me to browse my collection virtually sitting on my couch using my netbook. So, when you click on one of the dvd images in the program
it will tell me where to go in order to find the actually corresponding physical disc: ie: BINDER3, PAGE56, SLOT3. That way I don't have to keep reshuffling the actual physical discs to maintain alphabetical order whenever I go buy something new, I can just add them to the end of the binders.