Some of the higher priced Criterion laserdiscs and box set prices were $89 to $129. I started to collect them when the format was being phased out and paid a fraction of the original price.Well, we can't have it all... even though it seemed like we could (close enough) for a good long while...
At least current Criterion pricing still seems substantially better than what good LDs cost back in the day, especially once we account for their occasional sales and present value of $ -- and Criterion generally offers better extras than WAC...
That's actually part of a more general generational change. From what I've been reading, younger people have a lesser desire to own stuff. It seems to be largely driven by a desire to be more flexible about how and where they live. Being anchored by a lot of possessions makes it harder to uproot and try something new in a new place.This is what separates casual viewers from real enthusiasts: enthusiasts will never be satisfied catching random movies on cable/Netflix/streaming. I'd rather have a large collection of discs collecting dust than be flipping through cable looking for any old thing.
And early seasons of TV shows on DVD were frequently $100-150 per season.Some of the higher priced Criterion laserdiscs and box set prices were $89 to $129. I started to collect them when the format was being phased out and paid a fraction of the original price.
Yes and no. I live in Bull Moose country. Pretty much every time I go to a Bull Moose store, I bring in a bag full of discs (DVDs I've upgraded to BD or BDs I've upgraded to UHD). It obviously depends on what I'm bringing in, but I find that I almost consistently get an average of $4 per title (in store credit vs cash in hand). Which doesn't seem like a lot in comparison to what I likely paid for them in the first place, but I figure I got enough use out of them in the meantime, and I get enough to knock a goodly amount off what I pay for new discs.The (lack of) money one gets for used discs hardly makes it worth the time/effort to sell them.
I remember my older brother telling me he paid something like ~$80 for the original VHS release of Apocalypse Now when it was released in the early to mid 80s. Factor in inflation since then from a format now deemed as horrible quality...and we are still getting great deals at $20-30 whether from UHD BD or BD.
That's actually part of a more general generational change. From what I've been reading, younger people have a lesser desire to own stuff. It seems to be largely driven by a desire to be more flexible about how and where they live. Being anchored by a lot of possessions makes it harder to uproot and try something new in a new place.
As Maurice Chevalier sang in Gigi: I'm glad that I'm not young anymore. 71 tomorrow!Definitely. Also, gone are the days when most people could expect to work a single job for a single employer and retire with a pension, and where one salary could keep a whole family afloat. Home ownership is out of reach for a lot of younger people, particularly those saddled with student debt, which was taken on because employers want college degrees for positions that don’t require them. It’s a whole societal change for sure, but in short, when it feels impossible to put down roots (for a variety of reasons beyond the ones I mentioned), the things one would do if they had roots become harder to do.
And that says nothing for the basic fact that changes in how media content is distributed and consumed means that in many cases, one no longer needs to possess an object to have access to the information stored on it.
It’s a different world out there, for good and bad and indifferent.
One of (if not) my first purchases from Amazon was the first season of The X-Files on DVD because it was about $100 instead of the $150 MSRP that I would have paid at Suncoast. It was a great deal at the time.And early seasons of TV shows on DVD were frequently $100-150 per season.
And early seasons of TV shows on DVD were frequently $100-150 per season.
[...] I do miss the store experience but I get my kicks now from the mailman, Amazon couriers and, occasionally, UPS. They bring me movies on an almost daily basis and that, my friends, is a LOT easier - and healthier - than schlepping to a store with little to no product. [...]
Josh, here's something to consider. Doesn't entirely negate what you say and doesn't apply to the masses generally, but it's another dimension to this.
Through his celebrated video store, owner Conrad Bejarano built a film archive that educated and entertained for decades. Now, the search is on for a successor to Austin’s cinematic lifeblood.www.austinmonthly.com