Posted September 22 2007 - 11:07 PM
I just gave a quick look at a number of the different offerings of LAND OF THE GIANTS on DVD on eBay and virtually all of them look legit to me. It appears that a number of "entreprenuerial" types might have ordered extra sets on Amazon during the one day sale and are selling them off at around the $100 price point. With late bidding, I suppose the hopes are that people will pay them more than what they paid for the set.
The other category are the used sets, probably close to perfect in every way. This category seems to pop up with all kinds of new releases - the people who go out and buy a set, get it home, make themselves, sall we say, a "souvenir" of the desired work, and then sell off the original, hoping to recoup as much of the cost as they can.
I've bought a few STAR TREK: TNG and STAR TREK: DS9 sets through eBay sellers, and all were just fine. The retail costs of those sets were just too high, and having missed out on some release week specials, I went the eBay route to fill in the rest of the seasons I didn't have.
Naturally, with eBay sellers, one needs to be careful. Give a potential seller an email or two with questions. Allow them to allay your fears with either money-back guarantees or other assurances of the "genuine" nature of the set in question.
Furthermore, avoid foreign sellers (usually Asian), with deals too incredible to be true. Those are likely boots or cheap knock-offs.
Basically, with LAND OF THE GIANTS, right now, expect to get an eBay set for around the $100 price point. It's what these sellers paid on Amazon during the one-day sale, and they're just trying to recoup their costs, maybe make a little profit.
If I hadn't pulled the trigger on the one-day Amazon sale, I'd be scouring eBay looking for that "almost-as-good" deal right now. And I know how hard it must be to be sitting on the sidelines, kicking ones' self for not getting that one-day deal. I came "this close" to not doing it, because frankly LAND OF THE GIANTS just wasn't that important to me. I'd tried, and failed, to get interested in it before, but as I detailed earlier in the thread, seeing these magnificent transfers in the proper "production" order has made a big difference, and through the first ten or more episodes, I'm really enjoying it and looking forward to each 'next' adventure. Moreso than the stories themselves, I'm also enjoying the overall "Irwin Allen" experience a great deal with LAND OF THE GIANTS. Familiar guest actors, props, and even music help this series blend in with TIME TUNNEL, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, and even LOST IN SPACE.
While it's certainly not out of the question that Fox will repackage this set in a more economical way, there's simply no guarantee of that. Because of the way that this set is mastered, with all of the episodes in chronological ABC order, even starting up season two episodes right after the season one episodes are done on the same disc, and with all of the extras shoved to the second side of disc nine, it would take a remastering job to split the set up into seasons or half-seasons. They couldn't simply split up the existing discs into smaller sets, at least not without total disregard for what's on those discs. The only way I see for Fox to repackage the existing discs would be a simpler outer package of the entire series - basically just the nine discs as they are in a standard package design without the fancy cage-box and trinkets. That's what I would be hoping for, anyway, had I not already bought the set. But there's little precedent for it. Fox has never split up that first season of LOST IN SPACE, despite the high price point. The only comparable situation would be the Cylon-head pack that Universal later offered as just plain DVDs. But that's Universal, not Fox.
As for this set, even with a future 40% off sale at DDD, 40% off the 'list' of $229 would only bring the cost down to $137.40.
Given all of that info, if I were still in the market, I'd go the eBay route, (or Amazon Marketplace), being cautious with the sellers, relying on a few emails to better judge which one to buy from.
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