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Old 12-18-06, 12:02 AM
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best price per dvd avg?

haven't been a member on CH for a few years now, but i want dvds now so ive been browsing this site and looking for the best deals i can get for dvd's. Just want regular dvd's. no tv sets, etc. so i have a crapload of PSN's. should I just stick with code K7L since i have a PSN? ive been looking around everywhere and im assuming this is the latest and greatest code? whatever happened to those threads where people talked about how they got their avg price per dvd so low? is there anything else i can use to get the price down? i know i could look through every thread in this forum and probably find my answers but that would take eons. any help be awesome. here are all the dvd's i want if you care to know: which one's qualify for fullfillment and enrollment? Thanks!!!
crash (2 disc collectors one)
scarface platinum edition
green mile 2 disc
shawshank redemption 2 disc
the little mermaid
usual suspects (the new 2 disc edition)
napoleon dynamite SE
Heat SE
Casino SE
Goodfellas SE
top Gun SE
etc etc. etc.
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Old 12-18-06, 10:06 AM
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You can determine which DVDs qualify for enrollment by entering the columbiahouse.com website as if you were going to enroll and just searching out the ones you want. If a DVD is available for enrollment it will be priced at 49. If it is not available, it will say that you have to be a member to order it.

Several years ago it wasn't possible to search out titles on the enrollment website. But they fixed that awhile back.
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Old 12-18-06, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by bhome83
haven't been a member on CH for a few years now, but i want dvds now so ive been browsing this site and looking for the best deals i can get for dvd's. Just want regular dvd's. no tv sets, etc. so i have a crapload of PSN's. should I just stick with code K7L since i have a PSN? ive been looking around everywhere and im assuming this is the latest and greatest code?
Good enrollment codes are listed in the Enrollment Code thread stickied to the top of the forum. While K7L is still one of the best, it tends to be difficult to get accepted using those 6:1 codes. If it doesn't work, you ought to try a 7:2 code.
whatever happened to those threads where people talked about how they got their avg price per dvd so low? is there anything else i can use to get the price down? i know i could look through every thread in this forum and probably find my answers but that would take eons. any help be awesome...
The general introductory threads have been lost over time. But the strategy for getting lowest cost DVDs hasn't changed much. $5 off for first time web orders seems to be dead, so you won't be able to use that discount. Otherwise, it is best to wait for B1G1F codes and/or free shipping to fulfill your account. They are posted in the Sale offer code thread or in individual threads. Please be aware that free shipping no longer applies to "special" priced items, such as sets, except on very rare occasions.

Otherwise, just keep reading the threads here for ideas as people come across good sale offers.
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Old 12-18-06, 10:00 PM
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good info guys. so is every DVD that columbia house offers searchable on their site? i was looking for deuce bigalow, don't be a menace to south central....little mermaid, etc. and couldn't find them. im assuming you have to phone these in? also, do you recommend i just enroll now and wait a while maybe to fullfill when there is a b1g1f code or free shipping? basically im asking..what would you do? hehe, thanks guys!
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Old 12-18-06, 10:08 PM
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good info guys. so is every DVD that columbia house offers searchable on their site? i was looking for deuce bigalow, don't be a menace to south central....little mermaid, etc. and couldn't find them. im assuming you have to phone these in? also, do you recommend i just enroll now and wait a while maybe to fullfill when there is a b1g1f code or free shipping? basically im asking..what would you do? hehe, thanks guys!

you won't find little mermaid at CH they don't carry disney, buena vista miramax and some others
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Old 12-19-06, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by bhome83
haven't been a member on CH for a few years now, but i want dvds now so ive been browsing this site and looking for the best deals i can get for dvd's. Just want regular dvd's. no tv sets, etc. so i have a crapload of PSN's. should I just stick with code K7L since i have a PSN? ive been looking around everywhere and im assuming this is the latest and greatest code? whatever happened to those threads where people talked about how they got their avg price per dvd so low? is there anything else i can use to get the price down? i know i could look through every thread in this forum and probably find my answers but that would take eons. any help be awesome. here are all the dvd's i want if you care to know: which one's qualify for fullfillment and enrollment? Thanks!!!
crash (2 disc collectors one)
scarface platinum edition
green mile 2 disc
shawshank redemption 2 disc
the little mermaid
usual suspects (the new 2 disc edition)
napoleon dynamite SE
Heat SE
Casino SE
Goodfellas SE
top Gun SE
etc etc. etc.
As DisneyDVDFan said, there are some studios whose titles CH doesn't carry. Fox and Buena Vista are two of them. So you won't get Nap. Dynamite (Fox) or Little Mermaid (BV)- or Menace in South Central or the first Deuce Bigalow- through them. I haven't heard any news about the new Usual Suspects edition, so I'm thinking it's delayed.

Fortunately, several of your other titles are available through CH. As lizard mentioned, K7L is a tough code to get approved. You might be better off going with a 7:2 code (BZW, D9C, LMT, many others). Choose these as your enrollments:

Heat SE
Casino SE
Goodfellas SE
Top Gun SE
Shawshank Redemption 2 disc

Browse the site, and come up with 2 more enrollments. Scarface Platinum *might* become available for enrollment in early January, but since there's already another enrollment selction of that movie, it might not (if you're not in a hurry you can wait a few weeks and see whether it does).

Then wait for a B1G1 sale (they come up fairly often), and buy Crash SE with Scarface Platinum (assuming you don't get it as enrollment), and Green Mile SE with another $20 title of your choosing.

Assuming regular shipping charges and no sales tax, I calculate you paying $64.74 for 11 DVDs. That's a 'Walmart bargain bin'-like $5.88 per DVD. Not too bad. Close the account, rinse, repeat....
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Old 12-19-06, 03:02 AM
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wow, thanks alot for that breakdown legend42! that was exactly what i was looking for. 1 question though: can i use the dvd's i buy with the b1g1f sale, as fullfillment selections? so any chance i could fall upon a b1g1f code and free shipping? that would be sweet
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Also - if past years are any indication, CH will allow a boatload of new enrollment selections right after Christmas. I think that we all assume this is due to the Christmas buying season and of course CH would want you to buy at full price and not move them to enrollment list. That is likely why new enrollments have only been at a trickle the last few weeks. I don't know if it was last year or the year before, but Christmas really came AFTER Christmas at CH when suddenly a bunch of delayed or slightly delayed titles made the switch and were available for enrollment. So, if you can wait another week - who knows what will be in store for us!
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Old 12-19-06, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by bhome83
can i use the dvd's i buy with the b1g1f sale, as fullfillment selections?
Yes, the titles you buy count as fulfillments (assuming they're >= $19.95); the free titles you get with them obviously do not.

so any chance i could fall upon a b1g1f code and free shipping? that would be sweet
Yes, if you can get free shipping, it would bring your cost even lower (to around $5 per). Tough to know how often it will be available in the near future. It's been a pretty frequent offer recently, but that could be a holiday thing- before that, there was a long dry period in which free shipping was not to be found.
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Old 12-19-06, 04:11 PM
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ok a little confused here legend42. so i have 7 enrollments. then when b1g1f code comes around i can buy 1 of my fullfillments and then get a free dvd. so then i have a totall of 9 dvds. then i have to buy 1 last fullfillment selection which = 10 dvds total. how do you come up with 11 dvds?
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When the BOGO code is valid, BOGO. Then wait 30 seconds, and BOGO again.
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Old 12-19-06, 08:41 PM
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Best case for a 7 + 2 is the 7 now (6 @ $0.49 plus 1 @ $10 = $13) and 4 later ($40 with BOGO and free shipping) works out to $4.82 each if you aren't taxed.

6 + 1 is (5x$0.49 plus 1x15) plus 2 w/ BOGO & free ship ($20) works out to $4.69.

Correct me if wrong, it's been a tough day.
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Old 12-19-06, 09:00 PM
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ok a little confused here legend42. so i have 7 enrollments. then when b1g1f code comes around i can buy 1 of my fullfillments and then get a free dvd. so then i have a totall of 9 dvds. then i have to buy 1 last fullfillment selection which = 10 dvds total. how do you come up with 11 dvds?
Make 2 fulfillment orders of b1g1f. So 7 enrollments + 1 fulfillment and 1 free = 1 fulfillment and 1 free = 11 DVDs
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Old 12-19-06, 11:12 PM
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i see now. So couldn't i essentially just BOGO over and over again? of course my priver per dvd would go down but just curious.
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Old 12-20-06, 02:42 AM
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i see now. So couldn't i essentially just BOGO over and over again? of course my priver per dvd would go down but just curious.
Yes, you could, but your price per DVD would go up, not down. Which is why you would (generally) not want to do that. It's much better to close that account and start a new one. Remember, the bulk of the value with CH comes from the enrollment deal.

There are some occasions where a certain deal will actually work better on a fulfilled account than an unfulfilled one (the under $6 DVDs that earned triple funcash, for instance) but for the most part it's much better to keep cycling new memberships rather than buy past your commitment.
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Old 12-20-06, 03:33 AM
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so you guys think i should just go ahead now and open a new acount using a 7:2 code and then wait for free shipping or a b1g1f code?
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Yes please.
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