Sunday, May 07, 2006

DVDs. What a Waste of Money! link to this post

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I just came back from Best Buy attempting to find ways to waste my money. Luckily I left with nothing in hand, but I did think I wanted to buy "Chronicles of Narnia" and "Memoirs of a Geisha." Remember, I'm a tease shopper. Then I thought, when am I really going to watch this DVD again? Sure I liked the movies, but I've maybe popped in one or two DVDs in the past few years to watch a DVD again. And even then, I watched maybe 30 mins of it and either switched to TV or skipped to the end! On top of that, I just came back from my friends house who has over 200+ DVDs! I've never seen them watch a DVD again. Let's take a conservative estimate of $10/DVD. That's $2000+ in DVDs. Seriously, what a waste of money! My previous roomy also had a similar habit...DVDs overflowed his cabinets! Hey, since I've never seen a lot of the DVDs he bought, I never complained :). And you argue DVDs are an investment? A long, long shot in my opinion...First of all there's always Blockbuster and Netflix. Second, you'll be lucky if DVD players are even still around 20 years from now. Third, consider that you have to watch each DVD, on average, at least 3 times to "get your money's worth," and that's a big IF because the value of a rental can vary. Unlike vinyl records, which kind of has a niche audience, DVDs are not that special...they will go the way of VHS and cassette tapes. Mark my words in 10 years, digital media will be on tiny solid state media similar to memory cards or completely online. EDIT: Oh and I forgot another thing, the media DVDs are recorded on have a shelf life, estimates are around 10 years right now, although I believe I've read a life span of even 100 years for some DVDs. Point is, they go bad. I'll write up my list of luxuries later to which I invite you to criticize me, but still DVDs, come on! I urge you stop buying DVDs and save! Wait, I take that back...stop buying DVDs and invest in the companies that sell/make them! :) These actors/actresses do not need to get paid more! Do you watch DVDs over enough to get your money's worth? I'm curious...

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At 5/08/2006 05:54:00 PM, Blogger kassy said...

Do you watch DVDs over enough to get your money's worth?

No and thats why I stopped buying them as well except for exceptions such as star wars or lotr. We have Netflix which works out much better, we are watching a lot of movies that we wouldn't have gone to the movies to see. And we figured we're coming out ahead if we watch at least 1 a week with the $9.99 plan.

Remember the commercial with the guy who made a giant fish out of all the aol cd's he got in the mail? That'll be what people will do with dvd's soon.

At 5/08/2006 11:00:00 PM, Blogger freedumb said...

I have some DVDs too...most of them I got free though. But I do buy a few, ones that I really, really like. Yeah, I subscribed to Blockbuster Online...I figure if I can watch 4 DVDs a month, it's not too bad...Plus I like their instore coupons...

At 5/10/2006 07:35:00 PM, Anonymous Andrew said...

I agree and that is why I subscribe to Netflix. They are awesome and I can keep a DVD for as long as I like. I think only if you are in the movie/tv biz or just a collector does it make any sense to own a large amount of DVD's. You know how us Americans love to own lots of "stuff".


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