My average per DVD used to be around $6.85 shipped (thanks to DVDTalk.com back in 1999-2000), since then it has slowly been creaping upwards. If Buy.com were to have another $30 off $150 coupon with free shipping I would probably place 2 order spending a total of $300 - $60 coupons.
Yeah 200 plus DVDs, it could be around 250 now. I still have 8 or so pre-orders to get. I've recently found that buying from Fred Meyer or Best Buy B&M is just as cheap as Amazon.com or Buy.com is except for there is no wait and no shipping charges.
Someone was selling their ENTIRE DVD collection? Got a link?
Fortunately there's still the ColumbiaHouse $10 per DVD deal, and you can do that over and over and over and over again.
Found the link, but it's all sold. If I see something similar in the future I'll let you know!
Thanks for the link, sounded like a sensational deal. I already have all the DVDs I want except for some anamorphic ones (Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting). It's hard to find a good deal on Canadian DVDs
My point is (obviously not very well stated) is that it costs too much to rent.
Blockbuster or Hollywood Video charges $3.50 + tax per DVD rental. I get DVDs generally for under $10 through promo GC's, e-bay, and other various online resources. Occasionally I'll pay $15 for a "hard to get" title. Then it's MINE. It can sit on my shelf and collect dust, or I can wear it out in my DVD player or I can trade it for another DVD that I want. It's an investment.
A rental, on the other hand, is like throwing money away. I would much rather use my thrifty purchases to trade for other DVDs I want or sell them outright for money to buy more DVDs. It seems ridiculous to spend approx 1/3 of what it would take to buy the DVD on a 2 or 3 day rental.
I've gone the Netflix route for awhile, but I used it only to preview DVD's I'd eventually buy for cheap. It's a hobby to buy cheap DVDs that will retain their value. I'm proud that most of my DVD's were either "free" through promo GC's or GoZing surveys or what have you. I'm not spending out of pocket money for them through renting them. They're mine for as long as I want them.
If you've got a collection of 200+ DVDs, how often are you gonna watch each of em? Prolly no more than once, depending on the movie. Ok, 200 DVDs X Average of I dunno.... 15 dollars? That's 3,000 dollars for movies you won't watch too often. If you rent, you really aint gonna get 200 rentals for a long while...let's say you rent 1 - 2 movies a week...that's about 14-28 dollars a month. Won't even touch 3,000 dollars.
I don't own 200 DVD's. Quite frankly, there aren't 200 movies that I enjoy enough to watch more than once. But there are some that I'd watch 200 times. Those are the titles I own.
The ones I don't like I "turn over" and sell them or trade for ones I want. Besides, my point was that if I'm paying 1/3 the cost of a title I really want ($4 after tax) then I'm gonna buy the darn thing. If I take a chance on a movie I decide later that I don't like, I resell/trade whatever. It would take longer to spend $3000, no?
Renting DVDs isn't for everyone, especially not for me. I see all theatre movies for free (sister is an assistant manager) so when it comes out on DVD either I like it or don't, it's as simple as that.