Columbia House DVD..??

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  1. Bruce_S

    Bruce_S Second Unit

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    Hi,

    My friend just joined and I'm thinking about about. However, I have some questions about the quality of the dvds. Are they the same ones we purchased from the retail/online outlets? Their prices on standard dvds are reasonably -- usually it's $5 - $10 more not including the shipping cost. But, the box sets are a bit pricey thou.

    Any feedback would be helpful..

    thanks,

    bruce
     
  2. Jeff_A

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  3. Paul_Medenwaldt

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    DVD Talk
    This should help you out.
    Also do a search for Columbia House, you should find a plethora of info regarding their DVD club.
    Paul
     
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    Only problem I have had is that they did not have Terminator or Total Recall in stock when I ordered them. Still don't seem to have recall here in Canada. Stuff arrived in good condition though.
     
  5. JamieD

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    Been a member twice now. Got great value for the effort. DEFINITELY check out DVDTalk's Clubs section. Getting 10 DVDs for about $160 Canadian with an average retail of about $30 Canadian is worth it! 8)
     
  6. Garrett Lundy

    Garrett Lundy Producer

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    Coulmbia House carries few Criterion titles [​IMG]
    But the do offer a "Buy one, get eveything else for $15" deal seamingly every other month. Thus if you have a few hundred bucks somewhere, you can easily fill many, many gaps in your collection in a short amount of time.
     
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    In the long run their offers are too good to be true. They make the difference back with their "bait & hook" 6 for a Penny or 10 for a Dollar, etc. ad campaigns in spades once you get started. I should know as I tried their CD and LD clubs back in the day.

    Don't do it!

    Dan
     
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  10. Noah Kromaksian

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    IMO CH is the best way to build your DVD collection, if as already mentioned, you get in and get out. Use the DVD Talk link above in Paul Medenwaldt's post to get the best value at CH. (There are better offers than the ones in magazines.)

    I have joined/cancelled at least 10 memberships in the last year and a half.
     
  11. James Bergeron

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    Yes you MUST get in an get out. But the average DVD price is around $10 more than your store pricing. I order a Knights Tale and Shrek from them and it was over $100 for the 2 dvd's after shipping!!! Lucky I got the first 4 dvd's for $30 or so. Everything averaged out but, I don't like the pricipal of paying $50 a dvd when I could pick it up for $20 or less at the store!
     
  12. Jalil

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    Every dvd i get from colombia house costs me between 9.28-9.86 cents a dvd total, including shipping and everything.

    it depends on what savings code i use.
    as others have said, go to dvd talk, click on dvd clubs, and read the first 2 posts there, they are locked in that position.

    the first post will explain EVERYTHING you need to know.

    there is no other cheaper way i have seen to buy dvd's..
    even when best buy runs sales etc.. colombia house in the end is cheaper.
     
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    Jim, I am ont ordering from the US, I'm ordering from Canada. Columbia House has the same deal in Canada as the US.

    I am paid $50 CDN for each disc after I ordered my initial. $36.99 + $3.50 shipping each + 15%. Something like that. Now if I would have went to my local Future Shop Shrek would have been MAX $26 after tax! They try to catch you with the by 1 at full pop ($50) get the second at a savings. The savings price is usually inline with store pricing.

    On average I paid $130 for 6 discs so about $21 after tax for each disc in the lot. So that isn't too bad. But with sales these days, movies like Beauty And the Beast and Monsters INC, are pushing $19 cdn about $12 USD If I could get $9USD dvd's then I would for sure join again.

    My best way to grow my collection is pre-viewed dvd's at rental places I have found a few places that keep their discs in perfect shape. Just yesterday I got 4 movies for $50 after tax. So $8 USD each, not bad!
     
  15. Grant Degs

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    James,

    Believe me and some of the others in the thread when we say that Columbia House is by far the best way to buy new DVDs. I own over 550 DVDs, I have gotten in and out of Columbia House 9 times and each time have not spent over $9.50 per DVD. I work very hard to get good deals and went through the good ole days a few years back when I could get any DVD for an average of $5-$6 from the dot.coms. So believe me when I say that Columbia House is the best way, if...

    1) Columbia House has enough DVDs that you want. The only way you can get taken at Columbia House is if you buy DVDs that you don't really want just to fill out your obligation. Make sure they have enough that you really want. They don't carry most Disney DVDs, Criterions and some back titles.

    2) Sometimes you must wait. What I mean by this is that even though Columbia House carries most DVDs it usually takes 2-4 months for the DVD to get on the enrollment list after it has been released. You have to be able to wait this long to get the DVD. If you are not able to wait this long then you will get taken. Why? Because most of the new releases are not priced at $19.95 which is the price that you must pay for your 2 obligations in order to get a good average price per DVD. This harkens back to my point #1). Make sure there are a few $19.95 priced DVDs that you want because you have to buy 2 of these to make it worth while.

    3) Look for their deals from month to month. The deal I use the most is the Buy 3 DVDs and get free shipping. How does this help? Well, after I enroll and get my first package, I use this deal to finish my obligation. I buy two at $19.95 and a 3rd DVD for $8.95 (which is usually a sale). I get free shipping and all it cost me was to buy a 9th DVD for $8.95. So, instead of getting 8 DVDs at $10.00 a piece, I get 9 DVDs at about $9.00 a piece due to the free shipping.

    One more thing to always remember. If you use the right code (7CY) you get 5 DVDs for a $1, and if you buy a 6th DVD for $14.95 you only have to buy two fullfillments. This DVD that you buy for $14.95 does NOT need to be an enrollment. It can be anything! Even a new release that just came out.

    So, you see. Columbia House is great if you want to build a collection. Hope this helps.
     
  16. Jim-M

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  17. Ted_Polzin

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    Question. Is the Canadian selection just really poor, or are they having a problem with their site. I took a look and there is only 200 dvd's available for enrollment. Also are their any codes available in Canada or are we stuck with the generic package.

    Thanks

    Ted
     
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  20. Ted_Polzin

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    Ok that would be great. I'll PM you with my address. The website does not have many DVD's I do not have, or want [​IMG]
    Thanks a lot!!
    Ted
     

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