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Old 08-25-07, 05:20 PM
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HD buying strategies: how is everyone approaching this?

I know that a lot of us have mentioned slowing or stopping cycling of "traditional" accounts (i.e. SD DVDs @ ~$5 each) due to the emergence of the HD formats. With the recent additions of HD titles to CH, I'm curious how others are approaching this. For example, there are still some SD DVDs at CH that I wouldn't mind having in my collection for $5 each. If I set that as a price point, the following scenarios result (all assuming fulfillments with B1HDG1SD offers).

a) Buy 9 SD DVDs @ $5 each, get 3 HD DVDs @ $12.75 (or $20 for combo disks)

b) Buy 9 SD DVDs @ $5 each, get 2 HD DVDs @ $11.00 (or $18.50 for combo disks)

Those numbers are approximations and assume that the non-combo HD titles are of the $22.46 or less variety.

c) Buy 7 SD DVDs @ $5 each, get HD DVD Planet Earth or Heroes for $52.88.

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Old 08-26-07, 12:24 AM
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i have yet to think of a method that would work out in my favor - at the moment, i own most of the SD discs i would want from CH, and i am not really interested in SD for new titles, what i really need to find is someone who wants to give me $45 for 9 SD DVDS...
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Old 08-27-07, 11:46 AM
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viking99, I don't quite understand your numbers but I see two ways to buy HD DVD/Blu-ray Discs:

Method one.

If you still need or want SD DVDs (or can pair up with someone who does).

Using "inexpensive" $29.95 MSRP HD discs and BOGOF + free shipping code; I am assuming that the HD discs don't qualify for free shipping:

Enrollment: 6 x 49 + $9.95 ("bonus") = $12.89 (7 DVDs)
Fulfillment: $22.46 + $2.99 shipping + (free DVD) + $22.46 + $1.99 shipping + (free DVD) = $49.90 (2 HD discs + 2 DVDs)
Total: $12.89 + $49.90 = $62.79 (2 HD discs + 9 DVDs)
Relative cost of the HD discs: ($62.79 - (9 x $4.80))/2 = ($62.79 - $43.20)/2 = $19.59/2 = $9.795 each

Using an expensive box set, such as Heroes or The Matrix: Complete, MSRP $99.95, and BOGOF plus free shipping:

Enrollment: 6 x 49 = $2.94 (6 DVDs)
Fulfillment: $74.96 + $7.99 shipping + (free DVD) = $82.95 (1 HD set + 1 DVD)
Total: $2.94 + $82.95 = $85.89 (1 HD set + 7 DVDs)
Relative cost of the HD set: $85.89 - (7 x $4.80) = $85.89 - $33.60 = $52.29


Method two.


Using a CH.com account to purchase just HD discs:

MSRP $28.95 HD discs = $17.39 each, shipped
MSRP $29.95 HD discs = $17.99 each, shipped
MSRP $34.95 HD discs = $20.99 each, shipped
MSRP $39.95 HD discs = $23.99 each, shipped
MSRP $99.99 HD set = $59.99 each, shipped
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Old 08-27-07, 12:03 PM
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One more thing: the current discount for HD discs in the regular club is 25% on my account at least. It is possible, even likely, that we will see promotions in the future that increase that discount. If so, the relative cost of HD discs would be even less.
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Old 08-27-07, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by lizard
viking99, I don't quite understand your numbers but I see two ways to buy HD DVD/Blu-ray Discs:
Your calculations just replicated my scenarios "b" and "c", with the only difference being that you used a more scientific number for the SD DVD costs, where I just used an arbitrary $5 as representative of the "value" of each SD DVD. My scenario "a" assumes that you skip the "bonus" during enrollment and buy three HD DVDs to meet the fulfillment requirement. If each is a B1HDG1SD, then you still wind up with 9 SD DVDs for the cycle.

The discussion was intended to place a "true cost" type number on HD DVD purchases for someone like myself who could still use some of the older SD DVDs in my collection. We've grown accustomed to placing a true cost of CH SD DVDs of ~$5, and if mixing in HD DVDs, I think it is worth discussing a comparable number for the types of hybrid account cycles outlined in my original post. As demonstrated, assuming a person still has interest in adding SD DVDs, the resulting cost for HD DVDs can be considered $11 (or $18.50 for the ~$30 titles such as the combos). Those are valid comparison points with Amazon, DDD, etc. That's really all that I was aiming for.
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Old 09-05-07, 04:18 PM
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best way to approach this without doing too much work of ebaying dvds is to order with a 6 for $3.00 enrollment then get b1g1 with 3 HD-DVDs for $30 each. So you're looking at 9 standard DVDs and 3 high def dvds for $93 + tax for some

then trade the standard def dvds in at DVD planet for about ~$7-$9 a piece. Which would give you (let's take $8 as an average) $72 in DVDPlanet credit - $5 in postage to send the DVDs to DVDPlanet.

Then that dvd planet credit can be used during a 20% off sale to get some great deals on criterions or full seasons. At that point you're pretty much just paying about $30 for 3 high def DVDs. Good, but still not great.

Now the alternate appoach is to buy the 7th dvd for $9.95 with the initial order (So $13 in the beginning) --- then b1g1 with 2 HD DVDs and 2 reg def DVDs for $60

So this time it's $73 + tax to CH + another $5 or so to DVD planet = $78 in expenses and $72 or so in DVD Planet credit + 2 HD DVDs...

That's a fantastic deal assuming you want to buy stuff from DVDPlanet.
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Old 09-07-07, 09:12 PM
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and what dvds exactly do you see dvd planet taking for 7-9$ ?

looks more like 3-5 to me.
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Old 09-08-07, 10:11 AM
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Noticed something interesting. You are now able to add HD/BR titles to your Funcash cart, and allocate 100% of the cost with Funcash. When you get to the checkout screen however, the funcash is gone and you are charged full price. Wonder if this is a glitch or a precursor to an upcoming policy change...

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Old 09-09-07, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Copper Blue
Noticed something interesting. You are now able to add HD/BR titles to your Funcash cart, and allocate 100% of the cost with Funcash. When you get to the checkout screen however, the funcash is gone and you are charged full price. Wonder if this is a glitch or a precursor to an upcoming policy change...

it has been like this, for me at least, since they originally announced HD titles. i thought i had found a fluke, too, but nothing has come of it so far. sure would be nice to be able to use at lease some funcash
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blaze1984, I didn't even know DVD Planet bought used titles like that. When you've done it with CH titles, did you send it to them opened or unopened?
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I've sold unopened DVDs to DVDPlanet and just shipped them sealed. They took them no problem.
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