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Do any of you order so many movies that you forget and order the same one twice?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brian_J, Aug 20, 2001.

  1. Brian_J

    Brian_J Second Unit

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    I almost did this twice within the past week.
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  2. Jon Robertson

    Jon Robertson Screenwriter

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    I can't say I have!
     
  3. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    I almost did once. Now, I just peruse my open orders and order history before I choose a title. That way, I am sure I don't have it ordered already.
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  4. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    By trade I am a data processor. I manipulate data in all forms: straight data dumps via SQL-to-text, spreadsheets and pivot tables, relational databases and queries, graphs, reports, etc.
    As you can imagine, I "practice" on my various collections, and I give my DVD collection the most attention. I have an elaborate 9-tab MS Excel spreadsheet that I use to track my collection. I use one tab exclusively to track all my "Wishlist" items, and it is organized by Title, Year, and Release Date (amongst other items). Nothing gets bought unless it's on that list. Nothing goes onto the main inventory unless it is cut from the Wishlist tab and pasted onto the inventory tab.
    When you have over 750 discs in your library, it's the only way to be certain you don't duplicate! [​IMG] METICULOUS ORGANIZATION! (see? there's a certain usefulness in my anal retentiveness! [​IMG] )
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  5. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    I've done this a couple of times. Sometimes I'll forget I pre-ordered a title, and will pre-order it again from another online dealer (usually at 3 am when suffering severe brain fade.)
    A couple of times I've found a title at a local b/m a couple of days before street date and bought it even though I have it on pre-order, just so I can get it a day or 2 early.
    Luckily I always find someone at work who'll buy the extra copy.
    Now that many titles are selling for the same at BB during the first week of release as they do online, my online purchases have declined drastically. Also I used to be able to count on new releases from online sources arriving the Monday before street date. Lately they arrive Thursday or Friday after street date.
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  6. NeilEdwards

    NeilEdwards Stunt Coordinator

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    Only when I do not have my master list with me. I keep my list on an excel spreadsheet also, and code it with every pre-order and purchase. The only problem I run into is when I am at a retail store and don't have the list. Then I am prone to purchasing the same disc twice. My collection is in excess of 900 DVDs and I have about 200 to catch up with viewing.
     
  7. Andrea W

    Andrea W Supporting Actor

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    David & Neil: Sounds like you guys need to check out http://www.dvdprofiler.com
     
  8. Todd Hochard

    Todd Hochard Cinematographer

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  9. Alex Spindler

    Alex Spindler Producer

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    David, I keep my collection (modest by comparison at 189 with 11 incoming) in a similar fashion. I did receive a dupicate Psycho (1960) but was able to trade it.
    More recently, I ended up with two Akira tins due to concerns that Amazon would exhaust their supply. Anyone wanna trade [​IMG] (I know, wrong forum)
     
  10. Gregg Loewen

    Gregg Loewen Video Standards Instructor, THX Ltd.
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    All the time. I use DVDprofiler too, but can never seem to keep it updated. Oh well, WalMart always helps me out as long as the DVD is still sealed.
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  11. Patrick Sun

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    I don't pre-order much anymore, so this isn't a problem for me, but in the hey day of cheap online DVD deals, this was a problem, but I got religious in using DVDTracker whenever I placed a pre-order, and consulted it when I was placing more pre-orders. [​IMG]
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  12. DonRoeber

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    I used to have this problem, but since I switched to using DVD Empire exclusively, and keeping track of everything with DVD Profiler, life has been good.
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  13. Hendrik

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    Yes.
    (it's known as 'greed')
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  14. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

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    I almost bought Sanjuro with my Best Buy Preferred Coupon this weekend. Luckily they were out of stock. When I got home I looked at my collection and sure enough, there it was! Phew!~
     
  15. Frank Anderson

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    Nope.
    But I do have a nice Preordered list that I keep up to date as soon as I preorder something. Very Simple 3 column list of expected release date, title, and order number. I don't worry about who I ordered from cause I always use DVD Empire. 46 titles between now and October 23.
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  16. Don Myles

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    No, but I did spend an evening last week looking around the house because I wanted to watch the 15 minutes DVD which had arrived a few days earlier. Cue argument with my wife etc, etc.
    Imagine my embarrassment when it arrived in the mail the following morning. A few DVDs had arrived that week and I mixed up what had shipped and what had arrived. Still, my wife is almost talking to me again [​IMG]
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  17. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    I've considered DVD Profiler and other similar systems. Two reasons why I don't do it:
    1) Those "canned" programs don't have near the ability to look at different aspects of my collection that my own spreadsheet can. It's custom-tailored just for me.
    2) I have FUN doing it my way! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (like Scotty enjoying it when he catches up on his technical journals)
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    My 3-year-old enjoying Superman - The Movie in widescreen:
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    (Some of my DVD's are to the left side of the picture)
     
  18. James Reyes

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    Whoa!! I am not the only one. Like you, David, I track my CD's, DVD's, LD's, and vinyls in Excel spreadsheets and have tabs for my currently owned discs, my wish list and any pending pending purchaes (for internet orders I have placed but haven't received). I use Excel to track so much stuff friends think I am crazy. I think Excel is the damn most practical computer application ever. I can't live without it.
    Oh, and to prevent duplicate purchases of anything, I'll sort my collection by title or artist and print it out before I go DVD or CD shopping. [​IMG]
     

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