Thursday, January 13, 2005

Where All The Unwanted DVDs Go

My normal Tuesday agenda is to go to Best Buy and check out the latest releases. "Street date" is a media business term used to spread equality through the retail stores by having one day that the movie, game, album or other item is to hit shelves on. Breaking street dates can actually be a hefty fine (I've actually seen the people that look at the new items and their placements in the stores on Tuesday.) But sometimes Best Buy doesn't get their items out by street date. Sometimes it's because it is in back for some odd reason or they just aren't getting it in. So when I don't see the item I want there, I start looking around.

So I went into Suncoast Video yesterday to see if they had what I was looking for. (Yes, I actually check online to find out street dates and get an idea of what is coming out that week... kinda cool to have Tuesdays off.) After deciding not to spend $30 on a DVD with 3 episodes of a series on it (yes, $10 a freakin' episode), a sign caught the corner of my eye saying Used DVDs. I find out later from the sales person that they are testing it out in that particular store but they buy used DVDs (you get more for store credit than cash) at sometimes a real bargain... for the store. Anywhere from $.50 to $10 depending on the title and popularity. But, if you have DVDs that you will never watch again and know that you will never get a decent price on eBay for them... it becomes a way of trading them in for credit and picking something else up. So I went home and looked through my enormous collection and pulled aside a good (or bad depending on how you look at it) 20 or so DVDs and brought them in today. Now, I just need to watch and see what else they get in so i can fix holes in my collection. Found a few DVDs for $10.99 that weren't too bad. Oddly enough, I didn't see Glitter or Gigli anywhere in the area so maybe beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

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