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#1 of 33 Matthew_S

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Posted February 22 2003 - 04:03 PM

Is there a reason why this is so scarcely available? Best Buy told me that they weren't going to carry it...it will be available on their website only Posted Image, no from circuit city...I was even so desperate i called Suncoast-out of luck. I don't know if this is just happening here in Wilmington, NC.....has anyone else had this problem in your area?

#2 of 33 Josh Pounds

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Posted February 22 2003 - 05:55 PM

It sadly is not only in Wilmington. Here in Denver, I searched for it...The only place I could find it was Independent Records.

#3 of 33 Justin Bauer

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Posted February 22 2003 - 06:10 PM

I had the same problem. My Best Buy only got one copy and an employee got it first. I searched 10 stores before I found it. Barnes and Noble seems to be the only place that has a good amount in stock.
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#4 of 33 Greg O' Connel

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Posted February 22 2003 - 06:27 PM

My local Best Buy has several copies. Of course, that really doesn't help you much. There's always amazon.com.
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Posted February 22 2003 - 06:28 PM

I went to 3 Best Buys, Circuit City, Fry's Electronics, Border's Books and Tower Records. No one had it. Tower has one copy, on hold for someone. They said if I call back tomorrow night and it's still not picked up, I can have it. All the Best Buys said they got one copy, and each had one more on order. WTF... one? I know it's not Minority Report or Lilo & Stitch, but you'd think the names Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro would have some weight!

Really been annoying me, actually. If that Tower copy gets picked up, I'll probably end up ordering it online somewhere.

#6 of 33 Christ Reynolds

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Posted February 22 2003 - 07:15 PM

i picked up my copy at best buy, they had a bunch of them. i wonder why that particular one had none. when you finally do find it, its well worth it. gilliam + criterion = dvd bliss.

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#7 of 33 Lyle_JP

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Posted February 22 2003 - 08:13 PM

My local Best Buy told me that they only had two on order, but that the employees already had dibs on them and they weren't going to order more, so I "shouldn't even bother". Posted Image Posted Image How's that for customer service?

Best Buy just lost my business for the next few months. I just pre-ordered everything I know I'm going to get soon at DeepDiscountDVD.

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#8 of 33 Wayne W

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Posted February 23 2003 - 03:00 AM

I went to two Best Buys and the second one had ordered only one copy (which was in the back). I just got lucky and the employee helping me went in back and grabbed it for me. The second store also had copies of several other titles I've been looking for lately.

Side note: The Best Buy close to me doesn't stock DVDs for shit. They say it is out of their control as a store, but I think this is BS. Does any here work at Best Buy? I was wondering why one store (in the same city) will order several copies of an off-title (those that aren't obvious block busters) and other Best Buys will order none.

#9 of 33 Eric Estrada

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Posted February 23 2003 - 03:22 AM

DVDPlanet.com has plenty and at a good price.

#10 of 33 BrentJ

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Posted February 23 2003 - 03:27 AM

Dvd planet is out of stock.

#11 of 33 Jeremy Anderson

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Posted February 23 2003 - 03:39 AM

None found in my town at all, and I checked pretty much every store (Best Buy, Suncoast, Wal-Mart, Circuit City, Target, etc.).

Same goes for Predator 2 and The Sleeping Dictionary, so I finally just ordered all three from Amazon.

#12 of 33 Matthew_S

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Posted February 23 2003 - 03:45 AM

I know...it's weird. I've only had this problem with a couple other titles...i don't understand why the best buy here just flat says they won't carry it. The funny thing is that the guy i spoke to there said "yeah, about nine people came in today looking for it". You think they'd try to satisfy demand. Guess not.

#13 of 33 Paul Case

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Posted February 23 2003 - 04:18 AM

That's why I just pre-ordered mine from amazon.com to begin with. I knew that there was only a snowball's chance in hell that I'd actually find it in any stores.

#14 of 33 Matthew_Millheiser

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Posted February 23 2003 - 04:26 AM

Well... you can't have mine! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Seriously though, I live in a fairly large metro-suburban area, and I pretty much order all hard-to-find/Criterion titles on-line. Saves me a ton of aggravation. Although the local Virgin Megastore pretty much stocks everything, it's always at FULL RETAIL. Grrrr...

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Posted February 23 2003 - 06:14 AM

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I know...it's weird. I've only had this problem with a couple other titles...i don't understand why the best buy here just flat says they won't carry it. The funny thing is that the guy i spoke to there said "yeah, about nine people came in today looking for it". You think they'd try to satisfy demand. Guess not.

Each Best Buy store in my district was initially sent one copy from a Best Buy media warehouse. Out of thirteen stores, twelve have sold their copies. Of course, in my store, the computer says that we have it in stock, but I haven't been able to find it anywhere--and I've looked in every concievable location (don't even want it, myself, just would like to know where it is). We haven't sold it yet. Either the computer thinks* we were sent one when we weren't, or some employee got to it before I could (possible, but unlikely) and has stashed it to purchase later. Or, it could have been stolen, but that's unlikely, too.

Have no idea why this guy is saying they won't carry it--Best Buy stores are handling it. He's probably just being lazy and either doesn't want or doesn't know how to look it up for you.

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#16 of 33 Bruce Hedtke

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Posted February 23 2003 - 06:43 AM

I've noticed that most retailers don't double order. If there is an existing version of a film available (F+LILV, Traffic as examples), they don't order a copy that Criterion puts out. Best Buy, in particular, seems to have an aversion to Criterion titles in general.

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#17 of 33 CharlesD

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Posted February 23 2003 - 09:34 AM

I pre-ordered mine from DVDEmpire. According to their webiste it is still in stock. This is a great DVD, so far I've watched the movie and the HST/Steadman BBC documentary and the Gilliam commentary (well worth it as always) and there's still tons of great stuff to go!

#18 of 33 MikeDeVincenzo

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Posted February 23 2003 - 10:18 AM

Plenty available here in New Jersey @ CD World. (At least, the East Hanover store)

#19 of 33 Matthew_S

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Posted February 23 2003 - 12:56 PM

i broke down and ordered it from dvdplanet. They do have some in stock. Thanks for the info, Matt- Maybe the guy here is being lazy.

#20 of 33 Greg O' Connel

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Posted February 23 2003 - 02:58 PM

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Side note: The Best Buy close to me doesn't stock DVDs for shit. They say it is out of their control as a store, but I think this is BS. Does any here work at Best Buy? I was wondering why one store (in the same city) will order several copies of an off-title (those that aren't obvious block busters) and other Best Buys will order none.


This is a common misconception about retailers. Individual stores in nationwide chains, without any exceptions that I can think of, have no control over the quanity or selection that they carry. They do not order anything. The decisions regarding what items are on the shelves are made by their regional or national office. Requests can be made for items that their regional warehouses have in stock, but if it's not on the shelves already, then it's probably not in the warehouse, either. Even if it is, it can take weeks to arrive at the local store depending on the distance from the warehouse and the shipping schedule.
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