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Old 01-03-05, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Lowrey
I'm also confused as to what you mean by keeping them on your digipacks. What sort of digipaks are you talking about? the 7-disc fold-out ones or what?
Any that slide out of an outer sleeve (i.e. Fight Club, LOTR: EEs, Simpson and South Park season sets, etc).
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They look (most of the time) far better with the glossy shiney wrapping still on them, rather than a crap looking cheapo card slipcase! they look glossy and new and better than a bland piece of crap card sleave thingie, and it keeps them brand new forever! my WickerMan Wooden Box still stinks of burned wood! as the wrapping has kept in the stink of burning years later!
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Originally Posted by MarkAtHome
Not a good idea leaving the shrink wrap on LPs as that will tend to cause some of them to warp. Best bet would be to get plastic sleeves that you can insert your LPs' packaging into that have enough room for movement. If interested, try a google search for "lp plastic sleeves" (sans quotes).
I had over 4,000 lps from about 1973 to 1985....no warpage. I converted later to plastic sleeves....yes. but for a good part of 6 years....had no problem. in fact...most of my LP's now, which I kept...are in mint condition. but true....if they are too tight and left for many years...you got problems. btw...I had a solution to a warped record if it ever happened. an oven, 3 sheets of quarter inch glass plates and some rice paper works wonders.

worked on records from friends, anyway.

'nother thing to keep in mind: I bought all my wax from Peoples Music here in Des Moines. what he would do is this....he would remove the shrinkwrap from the factory...and RE shrinkwrap each LP in a looser form. it gave about a quarter inch on each side....which never really seemed to tighten. smart guy he was. I coverted to sleeves anyway...only because I wanted them to be re-sealable, just like my dvd protectors. even at 12 years old...I was no rookie.

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Old 01-03-05, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Romerojpg
my WickerMan Wooden Box still stinks of burned wood! as the wrapping has kept in the stink of burning years later!
I had a custom sleeve made for my Evil Dead/Book of the Dead dvd....the rubber one. open the sleeve now and you get an unhealthy dose of fumes. that thing is lethal.
Old 01-03-05, 10:25 AM
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I use custom sleeves for my snappers to protect the cardboard from being scuffed. You remove the cardboard cover to install and it fits perfectly, as opposed to dropping the the entire snapper into a bag. Good stuff.

Standard snapper

Fold-out snapper
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i too was doing that with lp's starting late 70's up until about 10 years ago when i stopped buying lp's.
still no warped records.
i also wrap a piece of scotch tape around the edges to help keep from riping.
then did the same with laser discs.

now i do it wth dvd's.
i even use the origional shrink wrap on digipaks that dont have a slip sleeve.
like the all in the family set and fawlty towers.
i just put a little extra piece of tape at the top and bottom to use as a handle for pulling the shrink wrap on and off.

as luck would have it i work at a place that has a shrink wrap machine so i can shrink wrap anything like the disney sets that have a slipcase but no wrap around the outside slipcase.
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I usually have my dvd's opened by the time i get home from the store!
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I also open them... to protect them from dust, I put all my DVDs on a shelves with glass door.... So far they are working fine!
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So this is what a Howard Hughes convention sounds like?
Old 01-03-05, 11:33 AM
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i keep all of the digipak/special cardboard packages in their original shrinkwrap. usually, they contain some stickers and i like to keep them as well. if it's a package that absolutely requires me to slice it off, i will, but will then put it in a plastic bag (make for comic books, magazines, etc.) to make sure it doesn't get shelf wear. this harks back to my comic/card collecting days. i found this even helps my ebay results when i put something up for sale, as it is as complete as it can possibly be short of it being factory-sealed.

my gfs have learned to live with my funny habits. friends get a laugh out of my trying to explain my anal-retentiveness, and some have even seen the light.

it's funny, a few weeks ago one of my coworkers bought LOTR:ROTK:EE and i asked if i could open it up to check it out. i sliced open the slide using a scissor, keeping the shrinkwrap intact on the slipcover. when i returned the set to him after a half hour or so, he asked why i hadn't opened it up yet. i told him to check again, and he was amazed of such care (or was it idiocracy?)
Old 01-03-05, 11:46 AM
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wait, wait, wait...let me get this straight, you guys actually open your DVDs? I was under the impression that when you "collect" DVDs you are supposed to leave them exactly as they are purchased. you wouldn't buy an "insert whatever comic Vol. 1 here _________" and read it and contaminate it with your grubby little hands would you?

I guess I'm the only nutjob that is currently having NASA design the perfect DVD room for my collection.
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So let me get this straight. You leave the plastic on your DVD cases? The shrink wrap? Why? To protect the case from what? How is it going to get damaged when It's sitting on the shelf?
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I admit that I leave the shrinkwrap on the more expensive discs, such as boxsets and those with sleeves...guess it's just an unconscious holdover from miscellaneous collecting....
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Originally Posted by Mopower
So let me get this straight. You leave the plastic on your DVD cases? The shrink wrap? Why? To protect the case from what? How is it going to get damaged when It's sitting on the shelf?

Ever heard of "shelf wear"?

And again, change your inaccurate signature.
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Originally Posted by Snowmaker
Ever heard of "shelf wear"?

And again, change your inaccurate signature.

I hope you made "shelf wear" up. Oh and your right I have to change it. To 10-2.
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Anytime that I can leave the shrink wrap/plastic on my DVD's I do.
It's extra protection for the cases.
All of my box sets have the wrap still on them.
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Originally Posted by Snowmaker
This came up in another thread, but enough other people said they do it too, so I thought I'd give it its own thread.

All of my DVDs that come in digi-paks or boxsets still have the shrink-wrap on them to protect the packaging or cardboard. I just slice the end of the plastic open with a boxknife blade so I can get the disks out.

So, my LOTR: EEs, Star Wars Trilogy, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, first two Harry Potters, etc., all still have shrink-wrap on them.

Who else?
be careful...if that glue from the stickers stays on the case too long, it's bad news!
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I keep them sealed until I'm ready to watch them, but then I rip them open and throw the plastic away. I currently have about 10 though, that I've yet to watch (1 is over 1 year old) so their still sealed. I decided to keep them sealed, because you never know when a better vesions going to come out and I can trade up and get more for the sealed disc. I did this last year with Fight Club.



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Only if I don't get around to watching them. I always throw the shrink wrap away otherwise. My friends think I am weird enough at how anal I am with my collection. This would truly send them into a frenzy.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
I hope you made "shelf wear" up. Oh and your right I have to change it. To 10-2.
No, that's a real term. Every time you move a book or a DVD on a shelf, it rubs against the other ones and on the shel itself.

And I guess your team did win more games now, but Michigan still beat the Hawkeyes.

I must say though, Iowa fans are the most fun visiting fans to tailgate with.
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Shrinkwrap stays on until it's watched. If I keep the DVD, shrinkwrap comes off. If I intend to sell the DVD, shrinkwrap stays on.
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Originally Posted by Snowmaker

I must say though, Iowa fans are the most fun visiting fans to tailgate with.
we do love our brew.
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I only did this on accident, but thought it was a great idea because it did a great job protecting my dvd. The Tarzan Collection with Johnny Weismuller is a great set, there was two layers of plastic, and then I decided to leave on the second one.
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Man I thought I was the only one who did this... seriously with the way yall talk about the stickers, and tags, and glue I thought I was the only one trying to keep it as new as possiable.

I even go further and for the regular cases I carefully slide the shrink wrap off after only cutting it through the top side only and then after I'm ready to put the DVD away I slide the shrink wrap back on.
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I just keep all my TV Shows (the only ones that come in such packaging) in a glass Bookcase. It seems to do the trick.

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