the5thghostbuster wrote:I've cut back both because I've felt like buying less and because I have to in order to pay for school this year. Actually sold more this year than any other.
Steve T Power wrote:My habits remain pretty consistent. I buy what i'm interested in, and as a general rule we don't (we being myself and the missus) sell discs. I'm not a compulsive buyer, i don't HAVE to have something new every week, and i generally enjoy a good blind purchase if i know it's a film i'm going to be interested in. I am also, by nature, something of a collector, but the same rules apply; buy what i think i 'll enjoy. My game collection is arguably more sprawling than my DVD collection (it's scattered throughout the house), but i cuurently sit on approximately 1000 DVD's (i haven't done a count in ages, and since DVDSpot disappeared i'm not as on the ball at keeping everything cataloged. Between all my consoles/pc i'm probably close to that number in games as well.
Every now and again there will be a culling of the collection (maybe once every two years) where the collection may drop by about 100 titles, but it doesn't take long building up again (I manage a larger scale video store - so i get no shortage of kickbacks there... particularly when titles go pre-viewed).
My last culling paid for my 360 HD-DVD add-on (about 6 months before the format died) and a good chunk of the PS3. The one and only game culling paid the remainder of the PS3. The hole in my soul after that has made me vow that, barring financial crisis, the game collection will never be raped again.
Dan Mancini wrote:I've done the same thing you have, Stubblecat -- mostly because I'm not a collector by nature. When I hit around 700 titles, I realized there were discs I wasn't going to watch again, as well as discs I would watch so infrequently that it was pointless owning them (even if I loved the movies). And they were sort of an eyesore in my home theater (I mean, I had boxed sets stacked on the floor, for Pete's sake). I started selling them off a couple years ago and sit pretty consistently at around 200 titles -- about a quarter of which are kid's titles that I wouldn't own if I didn't have rugrats.
sniff!Stubblecat wrote:Dig us: A forum of aging family men!
BrettCullum wrote:Scary that we all seem to have arrived at the same place.
Gobear wrote:Dan Mancini wrote:I've done the same thing you have, Stubblecat -- mostly because I'm not a collector by nature. When I hit around 700 titles, I realized there were discs I wasn't going to watch again, as well as discs I would watch so infrequently that it was pointless owning them (even if I loved the movies). And they were sort of an eyesore in my home theater (I mean, I had boxed sets stacked on the floor, for Pete's sake). I started selling them off a couple years ago and sit pretty consistently at around 200 titles -- about a quarter of which are kid's titles that I wouldn't own if I didn't have rugrats.
How did you earn that much money from selling DVDS? Apart from the few rare OOPS that I own that I might be able to sell on e-Bay, the advent of Blu-Ray has made DVDs worthless in the second-hand market. Where are you selling your discs so profitably?
Stubblecat wrote:Here is where I ask some theoretical questions about how and why we buy movies, and what will happen to our collections.
To preface: As a newer member of the DVD Verdict forum, I've gleaned that the members here seem to be fairly well-educated and literate for the most part, and that the average age is probably somewhere in the late-20s-to-early-30s. Almost everyone here types in full sentences and uses correct grammar. That alone says a lot about the company you keep.
Anywho, my point is to question the nature of our DVD collections. Do you impulsively buy lots of DVDs (or Blu-Rays)? Are you scaling back due to finances? Are you clearing out titles that you've only watched once? Are you upgrading your collection to Blu-Ray? Or are you getting older and watching your priorities shift away from buying movies? Do you just rent or download?
I ask because of my own situation. I used to spend hundreds of dollars of my formerly disposable income on laserdiscs and (eventually) DVDs. But now I'm closing in on 40. I recently took a look at my DVDs (a few times... It's a process that I went through 4 times) and asked myself when I would watch any particular DVD next.
Do I keep a title because it's a neat collectable? Is it something cool that I've watched once or twice but can't seem to part with? Is it something that my kids would want to watch? If I died tomorrow, would my wife just sell it off for a dollar at a yard sale?
The questions go on...
So before I answer the questions myself, tell me where your head is in regards to your collection based on your situation in life.
BrettCullum wrote:Tin Omen -
I'm curious as to how you sold the 491 titles... tell us what you did.
mkiker2089 wrote:Recently I've taken a dramatic shift in my buying. I used to be a "collector". I was proud of what I owned and would pick something from my "library" to watch often.
now I'm a "consumer", I buy based on return hours. I use Netflix to keep me in a constant stream of movies, both disc and actual streaming. My purchasing has become almost non-existent and only the greatest of the greats get through.
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