Interesting that in the real world, pricing on new releases at big box stores has actually been going up. Many Tuesday titles that used to be carried as loss leaders for $15.99 are being marked at $17.99-$19.99.
I rarely buy new. I make exceptions (Punisher, Clerks X) but I get most second hand from a local video store (Lost in Translation, Hellboy, Kill Bill 1 & 2) or when HMV has them for $10 or "2 for $30" (Le Mans, Ronin, Bubba Ho-Tep, Rocky Horror... And that's just in the last couple of months.)
And I'll be getting the extended ROTK brand spanking as well.
As noted above, the X-Files boxes dropped from MSRP $150 to $100. Also, Fox has recently dropped the MSRP of the Dark Angel sets down to $40 from $60.
The cost of the Twilight Zone DVDs have dropped numerous times... originally, they were $25 per DVD, which was reduced to $15 per DVD, and finally in boxed sets of nine that went for $100.
A lot of TV-on-DVD product is really quite reasonably priced. With a few exceptions, the "standard" price for a 6-DVD TV season is $60 MSPR, which is about $10 per DVD. Taking into account store discounts, and you're looking at around $2.00 per episode, which seems very reasonable.
Count me as another per who rarely buys week of release unless there's a promo I probably won't be able to get later (stuffed monkey with Aladdin, for instance), or there's just very little chance of me ever being able to find it used.
I'm also buying the PV at Blockbuster more and more. I recently traded in a bunch for $8 each so i'm set for the next few months or weeks.... I had about 350 DVD's at one time now i'm close to 300 and will probably trade in another 20 or so after I get around to watching them.
I've started holding out for PV (12.99 or less) on anything that's a major new release. Anything that's a catalog title though, I'll still pick up new, probably as soon as it's released depending on the deals that are out there. The way I see it, I can buy twice as many DVDs if I wait until they're 12.99 or less, which is always a good thing!
My local HV seems to have a different pricing scheme every other week. Two-fers and three-fers....but it is always a decent deal, usually in the 8$ to &10 a title range. But as has been noted, you can't buy just one at that price.
I do wish they would stick the inserts in the boxes, if there are any. Not like it matters, but I like having that stuff.
I expect the studios will make another push to try to declare the reselling of used CDs and DVDs as illegal. How else to stop the price reductions?
Sure, some movie lovers like myself have learned not to buy the first edition DVDs that are for sale at Hollywood Video (and at stores for that matter), since a special edition will follow a few months later (and the Hollywood Video won't bother to buy the new special edition). And some movie lovers like myself have learned to always make sure that an unrated version of the film isn't also available (because if there is an unrated version, Hollywood Video won't have it either). But most people don't care about either of those things. So I figure they'll just try to ban resales.
I've NEVER seen a reason to buy a used disc, unless it was something that has gone out of print or was never available for public sale. You can get most of the big new releases brand-new in the $15 range the first week they're out, and most titles now get their prices lowered after they've been out a few months too. Nobody touches my discs but ME MWAAHAHA!
Well it would be interesting for them to try because it would require the repeal of a section of copyright law. Our right to sell used copies without the permission of the copyright holder is not based on some court's interpretation of what fair use means, it's explicitly defined in 17 USC 109.