Cheapest way to aquire new TV DVD sets?

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  1. Steve*MH

    Steve*MH Stunt Coordinator

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    I am a big fan of the TV DVD sets and would like to have complete sets for several TV show series. However, with the $40-$50 price per season new for each one, I cant justify starting collections for multiple series. Just wondering if there are any good solutions out there for this in which to purchase sets for a very reasonable price. Any deals or special websites or otherwise that someone should be aware of inorder to get sets for more in the $20 range? Any special clubs or otherwise to join that would give deals for set? Just looking for any way to get these at a cheaper price than the high retail value they hold in stores. Thanks.
     
  2. Amy Mormino

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    Keep a look out for Deep Discount DVD's 20% off sale. The next one should be in December. Even outside of sales, decent number of sitcom sets can be found for under $30 and drama sets for under $40 if you look carefully through web sites. Amazon.com and Deep Discount DVD often have good deals.

    And there are still some of the first season Fox sets available for $15 at Amazon.com on shows like Buffy and Futurama. Probably the best TV-DVD deal I've ever seen. Too bad I already bought the ones that I want!
     
  3. Casey Trowbridg

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    A few thoughts...First, keep an eye out on the Coupons and Bargons section of the HTF for good deals.

    Secondly, Amazon.com has a good deal going right now on some first season sets of Fox titles selling them for $14.99...and Wal-mart.com has the same kind of thing on a few as well.

    Check out sites like dvdpricesearch.com to see who has the best online price.

    If you buy at a retail store, choose wisely because places like Sam Goody and the like usually sell things at pretty close to MSRP...but places like Wal-mart, and Target may knock a few bucks off of one here and there.

    Oh, and I'd also suggest avoiding HBO shows...the shows themselves are quality but the DVD sets are the most over priced I've seen.

    Even if I see the MSRP of a set as $49.95, it is very rare if ever that I pay that much for the set.

    Lastly, even though I' say the studio has some quality issues, Columbia does price their sets pretty reasonably in the $29.99 range for shows ranging from All in the Family to Married with Children, Sanford and Son to King of Queens.

    Don't know about any clubs, but if you don't want to pay a lot for these sets, perhaps simply renting them would be a better way to go from a service like Net Flyx.
     
  4. Jeff Harris

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    How I've done it:

    1. Check online forums for the best deals - you can get some great prices that way. Price matching has been a god send, especially now that Fry's is in Atlanta.

    2. EBay. I've bought several good things off of Ebay, like Cheers and Brooklyn South at great prices. Be careful of this, though. You can end up with bootlegs of lesser quality.

    3. Buy used elsewhere. I've found CD Warehouse to be an excellent provider of used DVDs at great prices.

    Just a few of my tricks.

    Jeff
     
  5. Matthew Green

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    Ok...I am from Atlanta too...What is Fry's? A DVD store?
     
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    If there's a set comming out that you know you want, try and jump on buying it in that first week. Usually places like Wal Mart and Circuit City will have great deals in their release week.
     
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    Matthew -

    Fry's is a giant electronics store that usually has DVD deals that beat the likes of CC and Best Buy by a few dollars. They've also released new video games, like Fable and Madden 2005 for $35 a pop, as opposed to the $50 you usually pay in stores. It's right by Gwinett Mall on Pleasant Hill Road (exit 104 off 85N)

    Jeff
     
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    Another way to shop, if you don't mind waiting a while is to check out Amazon.com's page on the show you are looking for, and click on the link advertising new or used. I get a lot of DVDs this way these days, and Amazon has a guarantee about the sales. Thus far [knocking on wood] I have gotten some great deals on things being sold that have been in great condition.
     
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    Another tip if you just want to watch before you buy: try your local library. Some of them have quite extensive DVD sets and a number have TV on DVD sets. Most libraries will let you check them out for free!
     
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    Used is the way to go. I rarely have to buy new.


    --Ian
     
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    I need to buy DVDs new, so here's my tip, if you earn twice as much the DVDs will be 1/2 price.
     
  12. Casey Trowbridg

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    I couldn't do this, for most of the shows I like, mainly cause I don't live in an area where there is a lot of places that sell used DVDs, and it can be quite awhile before I find a set that I want...
    ...and so it would kill me if for example I had to wait and hope for a used copy of Simpsons season 5.

    I will say this though, I got season 1 and 2 of the Office both used for $9 each, which was a blind buy so that might be a good way to introduce yourself to a series you're curious about.

    Sometimes I wish I had waited though as I saw Frasier season 2 for $14 the other day...
     

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