DVD Snobbery

I much prefer buying a new DVD at Best Buy to buying it at 7-11 or the supermarket checkout stand, even when they’re cheaper.

It’s amazing to me how many places sell DVDs these days. It used to just be the hot family-friendly release in a display somewhere, but now they’re in the racks next to the magazines and on display in their own aisles at the grocery store. My local A&P has a display in the middle of the freezer aisle, for goodness’ sake! Even 7-11 has some decent relatively new movies at the front counter for $10 or less.

I still remember the early days of buying a DVD for $30 – $35 at Sam Goodys, and not being able to find anything cheaper than $25. And back then, there was only a six foot wide series of shelving to hold all the DVD releases, new and old.

Sorry, I’m just feeling old again today.


3 Responses to “DVD Snobbery”

  1. Josh Herndon
    27. August 2007 at 07:53

    Yeah, I have been tempted a few times, but I just can’t bring myself to buy a DVD at any of the non-”traditional” places. I remember paying those prices for DVDs in the early days. And when someone had a sale online for a $19.99 DVD, everyone bought it no matter what movie it was just so you could say you had a movie that cost less than $20. It is funny because I am dipping my toes into the Blu-ray market right now and the pricing is very similar right now. I feel like it is 1997 all over again!

  2. Phil Foxx
    27. August 2007 at 09:45

    I was just thinking about the same sort of thing this weekend when I went into a new mega-sized home repair store. I’ve been in this chain of stores before, but this was only the second time in this particular store. I was surprised to see not only DVDs but also groceries. And yet I found those sections before finding the paint…

  3. Matthew M
    27. August 2007 at 16:14

    You know what really grinds my gears? When people younger than me complain about “feeling old”… :P

    Anyone rembember the online DVD battles of 1998-2000? Reel.com with their constant $20 off / no min purchase coupons? 800.com with their 3 DVDs for $1 loss leader? It was a GREAT time for the early adopter. When that first wave of 9 Disney DVDs came out, RIDICULOUSLY priced at $40/pop, I was able to finagle them down to $15 each with coupons and rebate gimmicks. WOW did I feel like a regular Internet Bargain Badass…

    I’m going Blu-Ray this year so I’m looking for some level of competitive pricing, but with the idiotic format war raging on, it’ll be intresting to see who blinks first, Microsoft or Sony. Given that Disney animation will be exclusive on Blu-Ray (cannot WAIT for Sleeping Beauty and Ratatouille), I am gonna have to bite the bullet sooner than later.

    Thought: if High School Musical 2 comes out as a Blu-Ray exclusive, could that tip the favor? Or is the endless ocean of screaming tweenies chomping at the bit to try a new format when they can get the $10 regular DVD at WalMart and pop it into their Zac Efron combination DVD player/ EZ Bake oven?

    I need to go home now.