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To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Old 01-06-19, 07:27 PM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Originally Posted by Paul_SD View Post
The Tuesday trip to BB was a fun ritual that lasted for many years, but I can't even pinpoint when that exactly started to come to an end.
For me it was pretty gradual, though it mostly started right around the time "mom&pop" stores started closing in earnest, which was right after blu-ray first caught on.
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Old 01-06-19, 08:44 PM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Yeah, I miss those release day trips to stores. Around the shift to Blu-ray is probably when it stopped being a weekly thing for me too as that's when I stopped caring about collecting special/limited edition packaging and blind buying so many movies.

Speaking of, the shift to red box and now easily streaming a rental has basically completely stopped the blind buy purchases for me.
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Old 01-06-19, 09:02 PM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I have been cutting back the last few years ever since I got married in 2015. My wife is not solely responsible for the cutting back as my need to buy the movies on Tuesdays became less prevalent with the demise of Future Shop (retailer here in Canada) and Best Buy reduction on their inventory in stores. Also Amazon.ca and Best Buy Canada online has really sucked in terms of their Black Friday and Boxing Day sales so that has helped me avoid spending money. We recently bought a house and moving, made me realize the money I wasted of buying things that just sits there unopened and unwatched in most cases. Money and space have become my main concern so I'll be selling/donating most of my collection away. I have some beauties such as The Third Man CC blu-ray sealed along with Chungking Express CC also sealed.

I want to digitize my collection and set up a Plex server just like some members here have done. Any tips and advice on how to do that for someone who's not so proficient technologically, please PM and it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-08-19, 03:43 PM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Originally Posted by LorenzoL View Post
We recently bought a house and moving, made me realize the money I wasted of buying things that just sits there unopened and unwatched in most cases. Money and space have become my main concern so I'll be selling/donating most of my collection away. I have some beauties such as The Third Man CC blu-ray sealed along with Chungking Express CC also sealed.
This is probably too late for you since you're moving, but the Amazon Canada Marketplace is the best place to sell discs, provided you can list them, store them in the meantime (like in your new basement?) and wait, which it sounds like you probably can't. But if you can, it's certainly the most viable option for the more valuable stuff in your collection, miles better than ebay, kijiji, trade-in shops, etc. As long as your collection wasn't entirely comprised of overly "common" titles that eventually found their way into the $5.00 Walmart bins (etc), and are in new or like-new condition, then you might be surprised at how much you can get, even after the cost of postage and a bubble mailer, and even if most of your purchases were originally at borderline-offensive Canadian prices.

Personally, my purchasing hasn't slowed much, although unlike seemingly a lot of folks here I've never been a "new release" or "gotta have it first week" guy (except with, say, very occasional Severin or Vinegar Syndrome special editions in recent years), and will always wait for sales because they're inevitable. I also sign out a LOT of new releases (mainstream and boutique) from the public library system here, which never ceases to surprise me with what they have in stock. The key, though -- and admittedly it's a big advantage -- has been having regular, easy access to the border for well over 30 years now when I visit family back home a couple times a month, which allows me to partake in America's FAR more generous sales, both online (now) with shipment to U.S. post boxes instead of direct to Canada, and in stores (previously). I virtually never pay duties coming back to Canada, especially on "old" media that customs people could care less about. I do realize that that's not an option for everyone, of course.

Getting a Marketplace account, though, was wise as it allowed me to sell off my U.S. purchases that aren't worth keeping long-term (lots of blind buys, boutique stuff, or SE re-buys of stuff I haven't seen since my youth). The Canadian secondary market is nowhere near as large as the U.S., obviously, but it's also not as saturated with product and home-grown sellers, and there's not a lot of "boutique" discs (Severin, Code Red, Criterion, VS, Arrow, Milestone, etc) that will ship to you from within the country. Also, stuff that goes for a few pennies or dollars on the U.S. Marketplace can fetch 10x to 50x that up here. Not everything, mind you, but a lot. I'd recommend checking your potentially valuable discs there before randomly unloading them for less or donating them.

Using your two examples, current Amazon.ca pricing for Third Man Criterion Blu starts at $250, Chungking Express at $210, both "New", the latter shipping from the U.S. with all the attendant hassles and delays. You could probably sell yours for half that if you wanted, just to move them out, and still make a nice profit. And they will sell, in time. I sold a duplicate Third Man a few years ago for around $170. It was listed for several months, but I'll take that over some used place downtown offering me about one-fifth their resale value hoping I'm too ignorant to know better.

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Old 01-08-19, 04:40 PM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

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Using your two examples, current Amazon.ca pricing for Third Man Criterion Blu starts at $250, Chungking Express at $210, both "New", the latter shipping from the U.S. with all the attendant hassles and delays. You could probably sell yours for half that if you wanted, just to move them out, and still make a nice profit. And they will sell, in time. I sold a duplicate Third Man a few years ago for around $170. It was listed for several months, but I'll take that over some used place downtown offering me about one-fifth their resale value hoping I'm too ignorant to know better.
How common is that though?

I have some out of print SACDs which are listed on the Amazon marketplace anywhere from $50 to $400. I really can't see anyone paying these prices, or anything close to it.
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Old 01-08-19, 06:28 PM
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How common is that though?

I have some out of print SACDs which are listed on the Amazon marketplace anywhere from $50 to $400. I really can't see anyone paying these prices, or anything close to it.

Can't comment on SACD's as I know nothing about them, but with DVDs and Blu-rays there are some serious (and even many casual) collectors in this country who simply don't have access to the stuff a lot of us have collected over the years because they don't live in the major cities, or don't have easy access to the border, didn't have a Future Shop/Best Buy in town, or whatever. And when something's OOP and they've just gotta have it, well, they'll pay. My THIRD MAN example is an outlier, but I still make a profit on probably 80% of the stuff I sell, anything from a few bucks more than I paid to maybe doubling, tripling or quadrupling depending on limited editions, OOP status, scarcity, whatever. Like I said, though, I don't buy (or blind buy) much popular mainstream stuff; I get it from the library for free and whenever it's available to me (no rush). My listings comprise a LOT of offbeat, boutique and cult titles I've picked up on sale in the U.S. for my own entertainment first and foremost. If I like them enough, or the presentations are lavish enough, they'll probably stay; otherwise, I move 'em on.

And as I mentioned you might not get exactly what you paid for (or more) for your disc, but you'll get a lot more than you would from a trade-in place (if you can find one) or, obviously, from a donation to a place where someone else might snap it up for resale while you get nothing.

Random examples of stuff I've sold in the past month or so (spoilered for those who aren't interested)
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(Price Paid / Price Sold For, after Amazon commission and shipping)
(keeping in mind that SOME of these were bought specifically to resell up here)

PUSS IN BOOTS 3D
$5.00 US at Big Lots / $20.88 CDN

HE WALKED BY NIGHT (SE)
$12.00 US from ClassicFlix / $27 CDN

THE CROODS 3D
$4.99 CDN in a Shoppers Drug Mart dump bin / $18.50 CDN

HALLOWEEN CURSE OF M. MYERS / HALLOWEEN H20 D -- Old Echo Bridge Double Feature
(NEVER expected this to sell because I never thought anyone would even stumble across it)
$5.00 US at Walmart years ago / $18.60 CDN

MUTANT (1981) - crappy public domain version, no less, bought to see whether it was worth upgrading to the Code Red Blu
$6.00 US off Amazon US Marketplace / $17.92 CDN

THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL (6 disc Warner boxed set)
$8.00 US at Big Lots during that Warner dump many years ago / $106 CDN


I'd could list (lots) more, but most are like these, some big profits, some small, only a few where I lost money and even then I can usually consider it the "cost of a rental" just to see the movie in the first place.

Still, though, it won't work for everyone. But if you've got valuable stuff in your collection and you don't mind sitting on it for however long (or quickly) it takes to sell, then it's the best option up here. I've got several hundred listings and reasonable room in my apartment to store them until they sell. If you're looking to just clear it out because of a new house, or the girlfriend says so, or whatever, then it's probably more satisfying to just get rid of it all at once for whatever $$ you can, or donate it in the hopes that it will be enjoyed by someone else. I've done that, too, albeit always with cheap common stuff I got in the Walmart bins. Not much point in listing those on the Marketplace when people are selling them for a buck or two.

Amazon also has some special fulfillment thing where you can send all your stuff to their warehouse and they handle the shipping when an item sells, thus clearing up your space. Seems convenient, but I still prefer to be responsible for the stuff I sell, especially as I'm doing so as a movie fan rather than trying to make a business out of it as a lot of Marketplace sellers seem to do.

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Old 01-10-19, 03:51 AM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

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Hahaha. I always laugh when I see that. Guy must have a title like Die Hard on a dozen formats
Two laserdisc editions, D-VHS and both DVD and Blu-Ray box sets
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