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Should I just throw away my old VHS tapes?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Phil L, Sep 22, 2002.

  1. Phil L

    Phil L Supporting Actor

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    I'm getting rid of many of my old VHS tapes. Not movies I bought on VHS, just movies and shows I taped off cable. I'm going to throw a lot of tapes and I was wondering if there was any other way I could/should get rid of them?
     
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    There is NO way I'm getting rid of 20 years worth of tapes, save sifting through ones no longer necessary to have, thanks to DVD. I have way too many unusual, irreplaceable things on them. Then too, someday I may transfer them onto a DVD! Until then, they stay.
     
  3. Joshua Clinard

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    I have a lot of prerecorded videos that I'd like to get rid of as well. Some of them are pretty old, and most are not on DVD yet, but some are. I was just curious as to whether anyone thinks it would be worth it to sell them on ebay or half.com, or would I be able to break even when paying for shipping? Are VHS tapes even selling very well on these sites? If not, are there any places that would accept donations of movies on VHS, or any stores that might purchase them used?
     
  4. Patrick McCart

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    Keep what you don't have on DVD or isn't on DVD, throw out stuff that you have on DVD.
     
  5. Garrett Lundy

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    Is there any way to eco-friendly recycle VCR tapes? or is throwing them in the trash the only recourse?
     
  6. Michael Bailey

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    Iam not aware of any eco friendly method. I just dumped the tapes of stuff I had on DVD and kept the rest.
     
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    I was pretty successful selling off a good quantity of my old pre-recorded VHS films that were in excellent shape.
    But that was over a year ago when they would sell very easily.
    Now that DVD is pretty entrenched in most homes, VHS has really fallen off.
    I had a couple of VHS titles that just sat there on Half.com. At one point they would sell briskly but then the orders slowed to a crawl.
    The demand for pre-owned VHS has gone down to the point it's best to just give away to friends the VHS tapes that you already have on DVD.

    I leave VHS tapes at my local Firehouse, I leave them in the rental houses I rent while on Vacation...etc.

    I wouldn't just throw them in the trash.
     
  8. David Von Pein

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    I believe I'm correct in saying that it's a violation of federal law to sell or re-sell video tapes that have material that YOU RECORDED YOURSELF. (Without the proverbial "express written permission" of course.) Although I doubt if you'd get tossed in the pokey for doing so.

    Pre-recorded tapes & discs are OK to sell off though, since YOU weren't the one to record them.
     
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  10. Bob Smith

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    Record over them, and when they finally wear out, take them to a baseball stadium and burn them. [​IMG]
     
  11. Henry C

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    I donated some pre-recorded VHS to Goodwill.
     
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    Gave most of mine to the Paliative Care Unit at the hospital where my wife works. Depending on the content, the Children's Ward might also be interested.
     
  13. John Berggren

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    Donate them to your local libary.
     
  14. Joshua Clinard

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    Thanks guys. I will try the Library.
     
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    Every time I replace a VHS with a DVD, I put the VHS in my motorhome.
     
  16. Jan Strnad

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    You could also donate the pre-recorded tapes to the Red Cross. When I donate platelets, they set us up for the 90-minute process with a movie of our choice.

    Jan
     

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