Tell me about Costco and their Blu-ray selection and prices

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  1. David Norman

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    I guess that's a possibility, but if the companies are going to eliminate physical product, why would they need to have anything at a B&M.
    If you buy a GC at BBY and have to go download/stream a short or long term rental, why wouldn't you just bypass BBY in the first place and do it directly or at worst via VUDU/UV/Apple websites.

    OTOH -- paying more than couple dollars to have access their movie doesn't hold much interest in my life. Redbox prices for a 1-3 day access. I'm not sure more than 2-3 times redbox prices for long term access to something that isn't mine doesn't feel like something I'd be interested in
     
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    In addition to Being There, the following three are reportedly showing up:
    Mildred Pierce
    Mulholland Drive
    His Girl Friday
    (this is a $49.99 MSRP, so $19.99 at Costco is a better deal than any of the various Criterion sales)
     
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    I was at my local Costco both Saturday and today. Nothing on Saturday, but I did find Being There, His Girl Friday, and Mulholland Drive as others have been reporting. I bought Being There, as I already have the other two.
     
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    My thought is a lot of folks still don't want to use their credit cards online. In some cases to avoid "auto pay" that some places insist on activating etc.

    I know first hand, I will pay cash for a Netflix and a Hulu card and just load them online and call it good.

    I'm just thinking that SO many folks shop/browse at Target, Wal Mart, BB etc that having a display of movie downloads would be a good way to advertise upcoming movies etc. Just another supplemental way to get folks attention about what's available to rent.
     
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    A thought I hadn't considered.

    OTOH, I think if physical product goes away buying/owing/long term rentals (call it what you will) of movies may soon follow and everything will end up on streaming services and like so many of the 'cord-cutters' are doing right now end up paying more per month to their 10 streaming services and upgraded internet to support it than their corded brethren. Judging by what appears to be less than stellar early sell through of Digital only films the collector mentality may soon be a different animal.

    Though I hope it doesn't happen, I wonder what would happen if the secondary market for Digital Codes out of Physical media went away. Would people buy more without the cheap codes available, would studios drop their prices, would the whole thing just become another niche product, or would it re-invent itself into a different form.
     
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    Stopped by Costco after work but none of the 4 Criterions were out (today was release day for Being There). Either this is a regional thing or my store hadn't out them out yet.
     
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    I used to find Criterions at Costco, but maybe it was in the DC store. I was at the Beltsville MD store yesterday, and I found no Criterions.
     
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    At my local Costco yesterday.

    Back on the shelf were a few Criterions including: Being There, His Girl Friday and Mulholland Drive.

    I think that was it. Not many, but nonetheless, they had them after a long absence.

    I bought Being There.

    Now, here's the magic of Costco and their $20 titles....

    Normally, I would not have bought Being There. Not nearly my favorite movie. BUT, when there's an opportunity....
     
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    Blu-ray.com forum members are reporting seeing a new batch of Criterion Blu-rays:
    Woman of the Year
    Buena Vista Social Club
    Rumble Fish
    Ghost World
     
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    So, I went to my local Costco store at opening with a song in my heart.

    I was going to purchase KEN BURNS VIETNAM for $59.95. A pretty decent price. Was really looking forward to it.

    Instead, I found myself completely shocked by what I found....

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    This is their media department. It has shrunk from a two-sided long rack to occupying a third of a long rack. Blu-ray titles are now mixed in with books upon books and books.

    If I am not mistaken, there are only 5 Blu-ray titles to choose from.

    No KEN BURNS Vietnam. What you see in the picture is all there is.
     
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    I can't believe they'd think Captain Underpants would need THAT many copies!
     
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    At two local Costcos near me they only had Wonder Woman. Many copies but just Wonder Woman.
     
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    Not too surprising. COSTCO has been eliminating their physical disc section by death of a thousand cuts for years now.
     
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    Costco is all about volume sales, so i'd imagine sales have decreased to a point where they're probably not meeting minimum goals.
     
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    Yes, sorry, forgot to post this a couple of weeks ago when I discovered it in my store.

    It’s all over now with Costco.

    Whereas — oddly, the local Best Buy revitalized their disc department a few years back in conjunction with the store’s general restructuring, and it seems to be thriving.
     
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    When the Sam's near me stopped selling physical media over a year ago I asked customer service why? The response was that the theft rate of physical media was way too high. Thinking about it, it makes perfect sense since neither Costco or Sam's is setup with an alarm at the door triggered by the anti-theft tags. In a warehouse setting like that I imagine it was pretty easy to sneak out with disks. So while sales were probably pretty good they just could no longer write off the loss due to shoplifting.
     
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    Maybe they are just a bit late putting it out in your location. My Costco while having the same titles as yours also had blu-rays of Ken Burn's Civil War, The War, and The Vietnam War in abundance.
     
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    My Costco doesn't have the Ken Burns documentaries either. Just Pirates and maybe a half dozen other titles.

    I asked again at customer service if BDs were being phased out and they still said no, this is just a seasonal thing and to expect a lot more for the Christmas season. We shall see fairly soon if that really happens.
     
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    My local Costco also only has just one tiny section left for physical media, like Ron's picture posted above.
     
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    My local Costco looks about the same as Ron's photo, maybe 10 titles at best, but a lot of books.
     

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