Godfather DVD: Sensormatic vs. Checkpoint?

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  1. Denward

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    That just refers to the security device inside. There should be no difference in content.
     
  3. David Lambert

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    Denward, let me explain in a bit more detail.
    Whether you go into a mall retail store like Sam Goody or Babbage's, or a stand-alone store like Best Buy or Wal-Mart, you tend to walk between these security thingies that detect it when people are shoplifting, right?
    There have been 3 major companies that build these things: Sensormatic, Checkpoint, and Knogo. I think Knogo's gone out of business or been absorbed or something, I don't hear about them anymore.
    In most cases, the store has to take the merchandise and put a tag of their own on each item that will be detected if the item "walks out" without being paid for (when you pay for an item, the clerk is supposed to deactivate or remove the tag on the item).
    Sometimes the tag is rather obvious, sometimes they disguise it or incorporate it into something else. For instance, Circuit City's price tags are also Checkpoint security tags. [​IMG]
    When the DVD market came along, retailers prompted the studios to include the security tags INSIDE the product at the factory. It costs only pennies more, which is naturally passed on to consumers. [​IMG]
    So, generally, retailers have choice of buying stock that is pre-tagged with "Sensormatic" or "Checkpoint" tags inside the case. The vast majority of stores use Sensormatic, by the way. Also, they CAN often choose "no tag" stock, which has nothing pre-tagged inside. I don't think it saves them any money, but it might. [​IMG]
    I hope this helps you understand the whole thing. Cheers,
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  4. Denward

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    Thanks David. Learn something new everyday. Although as Mark Twain said, "The more I learn, the less I know."
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  5. MikeEckman

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    An interesting tidbit of info is that most Snappers (at least most of the ones Ive taken apart) have a Sensormatic tag underneath the black plastic tray. If you open up the back of the Snapper case by unhooking the top and bottom and sliding the artwork out, you'll see the tag in there. Interestingly enough, most online e-tailers send DVDs with the tags still in them. I guess they're worried about employee theft! [​IMG]
     
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    And imagine my horror when one of those sticky magnetic bastages was glued DIRECTLY TO my "The Game" DVD.
    At least it was stuck to the pan and scan side. I knew I would never watch that side anyway.
     
  7. David Lambert

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    I've had several of those bastards stuck directly to the discs. I guess you see more of that when you buy more than the average number of DVD's, as I do. However, I can't say I've EVER had one stuck to the disc - to my recollection - when it was any sort of double-sided disc! I guess soap and water will clean off the residue enough to play. If not, a definate exchange!
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    I am anxiously awaiting the day that the different HTF factions develop in support of Sensormatic versus Checkpoint and we see quotes such as:
    • How can we convince Paramount to give us Sensormatic!
    • When a disc has both Checkpoint and Sensormatic, how come my store security gear does not automatically default to Checkpoint?
    • Sensormatic rulz!
    • Dude! Checkpoint rokz my ballz!!!
    • Luca$h & $tealberg have a controlling interest in Sensormatic and Columbia/Sony will only use it on their films
    It seems inevitable. [​IMG]
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