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Best new boxed sets for fulfillment

Old 11-13-07, 03:24 PM
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Best new boxed sets for fulfillment

Take into account shipping on most items, we all know that most boxed sets are really bleh deals as compared to other avenues (amazon sales). But I still think that it's better to buy boxed/t.v. sets as my fulfillment requirementrather than a movie I can use as enrollment, a free B1G1, or buy fully with funcash.

Now for this thread specifically I was hoping people could supply info on something along the lines of EXTREMELY good savings on a box set (along the lines of the Pedro set) that can be used as fullfillment. Where the price of the set (shipping included) still presents us with a very good deal and is competitive on it's own to other online stores:


Fulfillment # - Title - Shipped Price
1- Pedro Almodovar Collection - ~ $30
1- Henry fonda set - ~$31 (compare to: amazon= $35 shipped)
3+ -Mash Martini Collection - ~$128 (compare to amazon)
1- Buster Keaton Collection - ~$27
1- Katharine Hepburn 100th Anniversary Collection - ~ $38* (compare to: Amazon $50)
1- The Complete Thin Man Collection - ~ $38*
1- Avatar Complete Book 1 - ~$41 *
3+ - Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series - ~ $137.42 *
3+ - Full House: The Complete Series - ~ $109.84
3+ - Queer As Folk: The Complete Series - ~ $144.16
2 - The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series - ~ $57.97 *
1- Jerry Lewis - The Legendary Jerry Collection ~ $39 (compare to 50+ on amazon )

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-Updated twice or more daily untill I get a dayjob...
-remember only sets that can be used as fulfillment!
"*" items are most likely part of the current/temporary "up to 50% off on box sets sale"

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Old 11-13-07, 03:29 PM
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Henry Fonda Boxed set.
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Old 11-13-07, 03:31 PM
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don't forget to help me by including list price + shipping to show if it really is competetively lower than other stores (with shipping in mind) and also if it counts for (how many) fulfillments.
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Originally Posted by masuerte
...also if it counts for (how many) fulfillments.
I agree. Number of units fulfilled is key info!
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Old 11-13-07, 05:38 PM
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updated... c'mon people contribute!
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Old 11-13-07, 06:18 PM
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I agree. Number of units fulfilled is key info!
That one's easy...

From the first post in the Questions about Columbia House? Ask them here, Part II thread:

The current Columbia House fulfillment credit schedule:
Selections purchased at $19.95 to $39.94 count for one
Selections purchased at $39.95 to $59.94 count for two
Selections purchased at $59.95 to $79.94 count for three
Selections purchased at $79.95 to $99.94 count for four
Selections purchased at $99.95 and higher count for five
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Fulfillment # - Title - Shipped Price
3+ - Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series - ~ $137.42 (it's on sale right now)
3+ - Full House: The Complete Series - ~ $109.84
3+ - Queer As Folk: The Complete Series - ~ $144.16
2 - The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series - ~ $57.97 (it's on sale right now)
Use a code in this thread: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=511916 to get an extra DVD for free.
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Old 11-13-07, 11:31 PM
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Maybe not the best deal, but not bad: Freaks and Geeks $45.55 shipped vs. Amazon's $54.99. Just one fulfillment though.

I chose this as an enrollment title though.
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Old 11-14-07, 12:35 AM
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Maybe not the best deal, but not bad: Freaks and Geeks $45.55 shipped vs. Amazon's $54.99. Just one fulfillment though.

I chose this as an enrollment title though.
At first I was like... WHAAT? But then I remembered that it was a CH t.v. club deal?

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Yeah, I chose it as an enrollment in the TV club but you could choose it as a fulfillment in either Movie or TV club.
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I'm sorry, but I don't understand where the numbers are coming from in this thread. Are you talking about not using B1G1 codes?

I took a quick look and the actual cost of Avatar Complete Book 1 used as a fulfillment is only $25.32. Full House Complete Series is only $84.34.

For box sets between $19.95 and $39.94:
Total money spent:
$12.89(7 DVDs) + (box set + shipping) + $19.95 (regular DVD)
Subtract out the value of the 7 DVDs and the 1 you bought and the 2 free from the B1G1 code, at $4.80 each, and you have about $48.00, so you have the real box set cost + shipping - $15.15.
So, for Avatar:
$32.48 + 7.99 - 15.15 = $25.32

For box sets $39.95 and over:
Total money spent:
$12.89(7 DVDs) + (box set + shipping)
Subtract out the value of the 7 DVDs and the 1 free from the B1G1 code, at $4.80 each, and you have about $38.40, so you have the real box set cost + shipping - $25.50.
So, for Full House:
$101.85 + 7.99 - 25.50 = $84.34



Used as fulfillments on a 7:2 account, with B1G1 and free shipping codes, the following box sets come out to these prices:

Aeon Flux (animated) $23.97 + 5.99 shipping, used as fulfillment comes to $14.81
Anchorman Gift Set (is this actually still available?) if the shipping is really $2.99, then it comes to $11.81
Munsters Season 1 and 2 each $20.97 + 5.99 -> 11.81
Tarzan Collection Volume 1 $35.97 + 6.99, works out to $27.81
Space 1999 Megaset $59.97 + 7.99 -> 42.46

And the MASH set comes out to $102.46.

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Sets priced at $59.95 and up are a bit cheaper if one declines the $9.95 bonus on enrollment and just goes with 6 @ 49 for $2.94. Then one has three to fulfill, which the set will cover.

[The reason this is a bit better is that $9.95 is higher than the average value of a DVD in a well-optimized account, so it is not cost-effective to take the bonus.]
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Thanks, Lizard! I hadn't thought of that before! Genius!

So now for box sets $59.95 and over:
Total money spent:
$2.94(6 DVDs) + (box set + shipping)
Subtract out the value of the 6 DVDs and the 1 free from the B1G1 code, at $4.80 each, and you have about $33.60, so you have the real box set cost + shipping - $30.65.
So, for Full House:
$101.85 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $79.19
And MASH is now:
$119.97 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $97.31
And Space 1999 is now:
$59.97 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $37.31

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Old 11-14-07, 12:15 PM
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^It wasn't my discovery. My reaction was the same as yours when someone here pointed it out some years ago. Since then it has become a regular tool in my Columbia House membership toolbox, because I usually use sets to fulfill CH memberships. (I find that I get a lot more watching value from TV sets than movie DVDs.)

Next on my list is the Battlestar Galactica Season 1 HD DVD ($74.96), if CH carries it. Won't know until December 4.

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I never buy the $9.95 in the enrollment for the reason lizard said. I've always pointed that out when I list the titles I ordered in the what enrollments did you get thread. Even if you just buy regular DVDs and not sets its better to just get just the 1st 6 because with all the B1G1 codes that come out you can get other DVDs that you want that may not be available as enrollments.
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Originally Posted by Cheato
Thanks, Lizard! I hadn't thought of that before! Genius!

So now for box sets $59.95 and over:
Total money spent:
$2.96(6 DVDs) + (box set + shipping)
Subtract out the value of the 6 DVDs and the 1 free from the B1G1 code, at $4.80 each, and you have about $33.60, so you have the real box set cost + shipping - $30.65.
So, for Full House:
$101.85 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $79.19
And MASH is now:
$119.97 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $97.31
And Space 1999 is now:
$59.97 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $37.31

FOr the purposes of this thread let's not take into account of the B1G1 "free" or enrollment 49cent dvd's that these sets are fulfilling because any good DVDTalker will already know to take those deals for granted...

I basically want to have the 49 cent dvd's and keep their value as 49 cents, take the B1G1 free dvds and take them as free, then on top of that I want to also buy dvd sets as fullfilments that are in and of their own listed full shipped price a better value than their amazon or deep discount or whatever price. It can only help us save even more money.

Basically I wanna list stuff that lets us have our cake and eat it too.

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This would be for the regular Columbiahouse question thread...
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I'm sorry if this sounds disrespectful, but it sounds like you're trying to measure something that has no utility in being measured. People read this forum to try to maximize their deals through Columbia House. You specified that you wanted to try to list the comparitive prices of these sets specifically being used as fulfillments. With all the B1G1 free shipping codes that are consistently offered, why would someone intentionally choose to fulfill without that? And those 49-cent enrollment titles do not have a "value" of 49 cents by any measure whatsoever. They have an initial cost and a future obligation, both of which have a value, the combination of which is inseparable.

The concept of the free DVDs as additions to the value of the box sets is, I'm sorry to say, in my opinion, stupid to ignore. Why did you ever bother to specify this thread as having to do with fulfillments (with all the boldface you used in the initial post), if you're going to make these exclusions that are, by definition, how people fulfill accounts?

The sequence that I and Lizard and bigjim25 all wrote about is the REAL cost of the Full House, MASH, and Space 1999 sets, if you want to be able to compare them to other retailers or even among themselves, and those same calculations can be done to give the REAL cost of the other sets, too. The sets don't exist by themselves in a vacuum; they are inseparably connected to the initial enrollment titles.

Why would somebody care about the smaller list of box sets that happen to be cheaper than Amazon or whatever because of a list price when NOBODY reading this forum is paying the list price at Columbia House--ESPECIALLY when they're being used as fulfillments, which is what this thread is about. And people would probably want to be able to see the longer list of the true deals, since they don't care what the list price is--they care what amount is being charged to their credit card, and what for. The only way to balance out the "value" of a fulfillment title is to compare it to others on a level playing field--the flat cost of a DVD in a standard optimized account, $4.80--otherwise there is mathematically no possible way to compare values. Saying that the end cost of $15 at Columbia House is the same as the end cost of $15 at Best Buy, if you're not including bonus DVDs you're getting for free, is simply not true.

By joining the club, you have an obligation. To satisfy that obligation, you can take different paths. By choosing a path, you create opportunity cost. If you don't measure that cost, your list is useless. Or at least it is not particularly useful, when it appears on the surface that it has the potential to be so.



Here's a specific example:

Box Set A: $58.97 + 7.99 shipping
Box Set B: $59.97 + 7.99 shipping

By buying A, you have to spend $79.85 to fulfill the account, ending up with 8 regular DVDs, with a net cost of the box set of $41.46.

By Buying B, you have to spend $70.90 to fulfill the account, ending up with 7 regular DVDs, with a net cost of the box set of $37.31.

According to the "list price + shipping," A looks better. But obviously B is better, once you look at the actual expenditures. And on top of the overall savings AND the relative savings, you wind up with one less DVD, that if you added it would cost you $9.95 to make the sets equivalent. But we know we can get regular DVDs for $4.80, so even on top of the other two measurements of cost savings, we also saved here.

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You have a point...

I believe this thread is still right in terms of me listing things as the "BEST boxed sets" for fullfilment. I also think I made clear what I wanted to list for people on this thread in my original post. And so far people have contributed some great boxed sets. I just hoped we'd continue focusing on actual product examples instead of arguing about theoretical boxed set A and boxed set B and disks. Because in the end, if both boxed set prices are better than amazon prices then one of the other will be bought eventually through CH depending on which title the user likes best.

Let me take back what this thread is and isn't about. I am wrong to be so firm... I'm just going to apply what I said and limit it to my original post. I appreciate your posts with modified prices when taking into account the other deals you get through and have no problem with them.

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Old 11-15-07, 07:57 PM
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Comparing the actual Columbia House price for a set versus other retailers, is useful for people who choose not to cycle accounts. But, then, they would be better off buying their sets from CH.com so they could get free shipping.

So, a list like this does have some utility for some CH customers here.
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Ugh gotta change up my reccomendation for Mash, it's better at amazon at the moment because of this goldbox deal: http://www.amazon.com/M-Martinis-Med...5201234&sr=8-1

I saw it yesterday and it is still goin' strong!

Also updated with Jerry Lewis collection.

EDIT! DEAL OVER! COLUMBIAHOUSE IS NOW THE BEST PRICE AGAIN!

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I think I'm gonna use the Blade Runner ultimate box with a 10% off code for my next fulfillment.
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Doctor Who looked good the last time I checked.
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Originally Posted by Cheato
Thanks, Lizard! I hadn't thought of that before! Genius!

So now for box sets $59.95 and over:
Total money spent:
$2.94(6 DVDs) + (box set + shipping)
Subtract out the value of the 6 DVDs and the 1 free from the B1G1 code, at $4.80 each, and you have about $33.60, so you have the real box set cost + shipping - $30.65.
So, for Full House:
$101.85 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $79.19
And MASH is now:
$119.97 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $97.31
And Space 1999 is now:
$59.97 + 7.99 - 30.65 = $37.31
For sets over $100, you should sign up through a 3rd party site (FW which gives a $13 rebate) or use a "friend" as a referral (and by a friend i mean one of your other accounts)...

Through FW:

You get 5 for $0.49 each + you need to buy 5 more later
- use a B1G1 Free code later with a set like MASH
- so you get 6 DVDs total (valued at $4.80 each) = $28.80
- Mash is $119.97 + $7.99 shipping (assuming you don't get free shipping on a set)

So you spend:
$127.96 for MASH
$2.45 for the first 5 DVDs
-$28.80 value of the 6 DVDs
-$13 Rebate

= $88.61 --- which ends up being about $9 cheaper than the method you have mentioned.

Or same deal, $15 off through another rebate site...
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That's really great, but I never heard of these rebates before. What is "FW?" Or the "other rebate site?" Is there some rule somewhere that keeps you from linking or explaining that here?
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