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CHART: Stores Ranked for Best Prices

Old 11-05-00, 07:04 PM
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Just goofing around with DVD Price Search and I came up with the percentages of DVDs 30%-40%-50%-60% off at the various stores. (This isn't totally scientific because of the way that search engine works, MSRP reductions, etc.)

I've ranked them here, giving most of the emphasis to 40% off titles (feeling this is the best indicator of a store's commitment to low prices). I wanted to give credit for 30% off titles and yet not just reward the biggest stores for being big. Also, I didn't want to over-reward the 50% and 60% off titles, because these are often budget DVDs that never show up near their actual MSRPs.

Here's the system I used:

1 point for every 30% off title
3 points for every 40% off title
4 points for every 50% off title
5 points for every 60% off title


1. Buy
30% - 5750
40% - 574
50% - 122
60% - 64

score: 8280

2. Direct Video (Canada)
30% - 1330
40% - 565
50% - 134
60% - 14

score: 3631

3. 800.com
30% - 1244
40% - 353
50% - 123
60% - 71

score: 3150

4. CD Universe
30% - 1918
40% - 211
50% - 96
60% - 36

score: 3115

5. Sam Goody
30% - 1381
40% - 273
50% - 99
60% - 22

score: 2706

6. Amazon
30% - 932
40% - 109
50% - 32
60% - 14

score: 1457

7. Express
30% - 919
40% - 115
50% - 9
60% - 4

score: 1320

8. CDNow
30% - 380
40% - 112
50% - 64
60% - 39

score: 1167


ALL OTHERS RANKED BY # of 40% OFF TITLES

9. Total E - 40% 139
10. The Movie Store - 40% 114
11. DVD Planet - 40% 104
12. DVD Box Office - 40% 97
13. Checkout - 40% 94
14. Bigstar - 40% 85
Video Now - 40% 85
16. Twec - 40% 77
18. DVD Empire - 40% 75
LVD - 40% 75
19. Barnes and Noble - 40% 63
20. Digital Eyes - 40% 45
21. DVD Depot - 40% 41




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Old 11-05-00, 07:16 PM
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When I saw the title of this thread, I figured Buy.com would be on top!!!

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Old 11-06-00, 04:15 AM
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I am shocked at how high SAM GOODY is on the list - i have never shopped with them but perhaps i will change my ways after reading this... thanks for the info

I have also never shopped at Direct Video but saw they had some low prices in the past. I will check them out soon.
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Told ya. Buy.com is the best.
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Don't forget, you can always find great prices (including tax and shipping) at http://dvdtalk.pricegrabber.com !

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