Thread: "Used DVDs" vs. New
May 21st, 2002, 12:16 AM #1
"Used DVDs" vs. New
I have begun a modest DVD library. While searching different titles at sites like Amazon, I see movies new for $20.00 and used for $7.50. Is there really any harm in purchasing a "used" DVD movie other than not getting a "virgin" wrapper? Anyone with personal experience regarding this?
May 21st, 2002, 12:23 AM #2
Well, they can obviously be scratched. Like with anything else, check the seller's references. Amazon has a rating service similar to eBay. If the person has a high rating, then I would be more inclined to buy from them. You can also email the seller questions. Might be kind of extreme, but you can ask for a colseup pic of the DVD if they have a camera. Might not be totally accurate or helpful, but it is an option. I have never bought anything used there, nor do I know anyone who has, but I have not heard of any complaints.
May 21st, 2002, 01:19 AM #3
I kinda thought along those lines as well, i.e., "it could be scratched." I was curious if anyone who frequents TechIMO had turned to purchasing "used" DVDs vs. buying new ones because their experience was extremely positive. I'll utilize your suggestion(s).
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May 21st, 2002, 12:46 PM #4
Go to Blockbuster if there is one near you.
I just bought "Training Day" used from Blockbuster for $12, no scratches ( I had to go through about 6-7 discs to find one with no scratches). Can't beat that. The only thing is that there is a blockbuster sticker either on the case or disc ( which kind of irritates me) I just think of it as if I rented it a couple times and saved $10.
If you are meticulate (sp?) like me, you may also get perfect DVD's but the cases are not "taken care of".
I am selling a bunch of mint condition DVD's in the Traders forum Here pretty cheap.
I have 2, soon to be 3 happy customers already, and have Heatware under the same name as here.
May 21st, 2002, 12:48 PM #5
Almost all of WalMart's DVDs (large selection) are $14.44 everyday. Might be close to what the used ones sell for...if not, it's still alot cheaper than anywhere else.
May 21st, 2002, 12:58 PM #6
A tip to a fellow DVD collector:
Sometimes it is best to wait when buying some newly released DVD's, especially if they are over $25 initially. Two things are almost always guaranteed;
1. They will come out with either a super-duper deluxe version a couple months later and
2. That DVD you paid $26 for *cough* 5th Element*cough* is now $14, while the super duper version is $26
If the movie is a new release and already packed with many extras, is Infinifilm, 2 discs, etc, it may be better to get it while it is on sale the first week of release.
I agree with Daveleau about Walmart....decent selection @ $15...Target also has some for $10.
May 21st, 2002, 01:22 PM #7
Some good points.
May 21st, 2002, 01:25 PM #8
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I've bought used CDs off Amazon with good results. Even the cases weren't scratched.
May 21st, 2002, 01:25 PM #9
I always buy new. The way most people handle cd's and dvd's is beyond me, and I always buy movies with a wrapper still on them. The other problem about buying used is that the only thing you find are more popular movies. Try finding eclectic kung fu movies like 18 Bronzemen, Last Hurrah for Chivaly, or Duel to the Death. Walmart may have the Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Lee movies, but not much more.Misfortune, n. The kind of fortune that never misses.
May 21st, 2002, 01:35 PM #10Originally posted by Ming
I always buy new. The way most people handle cd's and dvd's is beyond me, and I always buy movies with a wrapper still on them.
But, I have bought DVD's where the disc has popped out of it's holder, bounced around inside the case and when I opened it, brand new, the disc was scratched.
I have no problem buying used as long as it is in mint condition with no sign of defect/abuse.
I have only bought 3-4 used but after calculating all the cash i spent on new DVD's and the money that can be saved buying new.....well......you do the math
New $20 X 145 = $2900 ( no wonder my wife is po'd)
Used $ 10 X 145 = $1450
that's depressing....but I have saved ( well, not spent) about $1,300 since quitting smoking 2/01
May 21st, 2002, 02:09 PM #11
The dvd's popped out and is scratched, hmmm. I have gotten a few that way. It is really annoying when something is shipped and there isn't much one can do. As far as buying from a store, I always examine the contents before purchasing. Spin the case around for a full 360. If you hear the clunking around inside, don't buy it.Misfortune, n. The kind of fortune that never misses.
May 21st, 2002, 02:20 PM #12
Yeah, i aslo gently shake them to see if they are loose.
When I sell my DVD's, I put the disc in a separate envelope inside the box for that very reason.
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