Back in the day, I used to shop at Laser Blaser in West Los Angeles and spend a big chunk of my lunch hour there about twice a month. They had a huge selection of titles, and the staff was very nice and helpful. The advent of DVD pretty much finished them off, since even supermarkets were carrying them for sale, and I miss that personal service and being able flip through the rows and rows of laserdiscs. Definitely now a relic from the past.
The thing with Borders is that if you paid for a membership, they'd send you frequent coupons that made shopping there more worthwhile. If you were a heavy purchaser, the coupon discounts eventually paid for the price of the membership. Without that, however, their MSRP prices were way out of line with what you could pay elsewhere.
Costco/BJs/Sam's Club and other membership retailers seem to have made it work.
Yes, but there are several differences.
Primarily, Costco and Sam's require a membership to shop there to begin with. Then you are buying in bulk most of the time, and items are typically priced lower for the benefit of buying in bulk (or that is what the concept promotes itself as). Many items are exclusive to these stores, and most everything in the store is at a good price. People that don't have a membership aren't allowed to come and shop.
Border's and FYE were open for business to everyone. Anyone could walk in and browse. They would push these memberships, and spending a little more right then, at the cash register. Most of their DVDs and CDs were at MSRP. So even when you bought the membership, you could still wind up paying more than what you find it priced at elsewhere.
Yup! So crazy how so many titles got a VHS release but never saw the day when it came to DVD and other digital formats. Unfortunately some titles will just disappear.As far as VHS tapes go, there are thousands of movies, concerts, documentaries and other genres that haven’t been released on DVD or Blu-ray. While volume has dropped I still sell quite a few VHS tapes per month.
And around here you can get a VCR at Goodwill for $5 to $10 bucks.
I have in my collection several concerts on VHS and Laserdisc unavailable on other formats. I’d love to have them on DVD or Blu-ray but unfortunately they haven’t and probably never will be released.
And don’t forget, there are buyers of media that haven’t upgraded to a digital format. They’re completely happy with a VHS tape of their favorite movies.
Just like I've said earlier, news like that makes me think that optical discs are still the way to go about owning media.Owners of certain televisions from the likes of Samsung and LG and Roku devices will from 15th June have to watch their Google-purchases movies through YouTube instead.
Owners of certain televisions and Roku devices will now have to watch their Google-purchases movies through YouTube instead.www.filmstories.co.uk
It's alive, but I wouldn't say it's well based on your shopping experience at BB.Oh, and BTW, physical media is NOT dead. My shopping list is a mile long. Taking into account the number of titles I've purchased over the last 3 years alone, I'd say PM is alive and well.
It's alive, but I wouldn't say it's well based on your shopping experience at BB.
IMO, even with online purchases, I think the total sales today are nowhere near what physical media was back about 10-15 years ago. The lack of impulse purchases is a main factor in those reduced units sold.Well, no, but taking into account online purchases, it's alive and well in that context. If people are saying physical media is dead based on their experiences shopping at B&Ms, yes, it's dead
This thread is now 3 years old - I imagine the "depletion" of physical media in brick & mortars is now at a point so low it's not even worth going to a store to see what they may have.
IMO, even with online purchases, I think the total sales today are nowhere near what physical media was back about 10-15 years ago.
Oh, and BTW, physical media is NOT dead. My shopping list is a mile long. Taking into account the number of titles I've purchased over the last 3 years alone, I'd say PM is alive and well.