BigFatCoward

What to do with old DVD's and books.

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33 minutes ago, williamjm said:

I don't think there are many. There used to be some, but I think they may have gone the same way as most of the new CD/DVD stores. In Cambridge there's only a single store left where selling (mostly new) CDs and DVDs takes up the majority of the store (although some other shops still sell some). There's also a couple of shops specialising in vinyl records.

 

 

It's similar here, there's still a decent choice for new books but I think only a couple of second hand bookshops aside from the charity shops.

I see loads of them! I remember there being a few in Cardiff. Remember there's always something like this in markets! Indoor markets. There's even a few of these stores in tiny tiny Truro where I work. 

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Oh and Cex!! Just remembered ...they'll only really give you store credit though and it's credit for a store where everything is second hand and where you've already gotten rid of loads of DVDs lmao so I don't k ow what you would use the credit for. Other than that charity shops or have a car boot sale !!!

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On 3/3/2017 at 0:03 PM, BigFatCoward said:

Basically i'm moving house and i have just worked out that i have books and DVD's that i probably spent close to £10 grand on, that are now pretty much worthless.  i'm never going to read, or watch them again (books because paper books make me want to kill myself now, and DVD's because with Sky, Amazon and Netflix what is the point?).

Bonus featuresssss! Director/cast commentariesssssss!!! *sigh* At least that's what I keep telling myself. I was having this conversation with someone the other day about how we used to buy certain DVDs solely for the commentaries. And now it's been years since I've had the time or inclination to actually rewatch something for the commentary. After really thinking about it, I believe GoT S2 was the last DVD commentary I watched. *sigh* Netflix and all the good TV dramas have really devoured any time I used to have for enjoying rewatching a film or show with a DVD commentary.

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Is there any point in keeping them, transporting them and then have them cluttering up my new house, or should i just give them to a charity shop.  it will break my heart but right now it just feels like i'm keeping them because of what they cost, not because they have any utility.  

does anybody buy second hand DVDs and books anymore?  

I've been building this collection for 25 years, is it sacrilegious to discard this sort of thing? 

I know this feels, bro. I know this feels. As for my advice on what to do, if you don't love your collection then just let it go. Moving is always a good excuse to purge your material belongings. Get a tax write-off for the donations.Move on. Of course that can be much easier said then done. A good friend of mine lost his job a few months back and had to downsize from a three bedroom house to a two room apartment; he stunned me by how ruthless he was in eliminating his book and DVD collections. He literally went from entire book cases to one small box of books and DVDs. I'd agonize over that shit. Just thinking about thinking about it gives me anxiety. Good luck to you! 

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12 minutes ago, PetyrPunkinhead said:

Bonus featuresssss! Director/cast commentariesssssss!!! *sigh* At least that's what I keep telling myself. I was having this conversation with someone the other day about how we used to buy certain DVDs solely for the commentaries. And now it's been years since I've had the time or inclination to actually rewatch something for the commentary. After really thinking about it, I believe GoT S2 was the last DVD commentary I watched. *sigh* Netflix and all the good TV dramas have really devoured any time I used to have for enjoying rewatching a film or show with a DVD commentary.

 

I really wish they'd include this stuff on the streaming versions.  But someone usually finds a way to put these things up on youtube.

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3 minutes ago, Dr. Pepper said:

I really wish they'd include this stuff on the streaming versions.  But someone usually finds a way to put these things up on youtube.

I've noticed that, too. I suppose it's so much more convenient to scroll through on your phone wherever/whenever than finding time for watching it on your DVD/BR player at home. I've also noticed that with the glut of entertainment websites now, someone is going to listent o the commentary and then do an "article" on it if there's really anything interesting revealed.

And as I type this I realize I lied earlier--I totally watched Deadpool with the Ryan Reynolds and writers' commentary! It was brilliant. And I got a quarter of the way through the director's commentary with artist and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, but I had to bail before that one finished. 

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Keep the subset you see as collectibles and/or check if they are rare or easy to stream/replace etc. and try to sell/donate the rest. Noone here can tell you which ones might be dear to you.

I never collected DVDs, so I only have a dozen or so but I have and keep thousands of books and CDs. But I consider them a collection and not something I could "stream anyway" (apart from the fact that I probably could not, it is often not run-of-the-mill stuff) so I might cull a few once in a while but not get rid of the whole bunch. It is a pain when moving, that's true.

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Posted (edited)

If you have hardcover books I'd definately hang on to them or research them. I think book collecting has always had a decent market but is due for an uptick because of their impending rarity.

Edited by DunderMifflin

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DM,

The hardcover book market has done well recently.  What eBooks are replacing are mass market paperback books.  Not hardcovers.

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Posted (edited)

I mostly use my DVDs as decoration; love it when people see my excellent movie taste lmao 

I work in a DVD store though and I don't think they're going anywhere too soon - people buy DVDs all the time 

Edited by Theda Baratheon

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2 minutes ago, Theda Baratheon said:

I mostly use my DVDs as decoration; love it when people see my excellent movie taste lmao 

I work in a DVD store though and I don't think they're going anywhere too soon - people buy DVDs all the time 

This is baffling :P Even before streaming was the norm I only ever rented. 

Sidenote: This thread inspired me to finally clean out my damn closet of years and years of accumulated junk. I have a walk-in in this apartment that I could never actually walk into because it was so damn full. Donated a few boxes of books and clothes to Goodwill and threw a bunch of stuff in the dumpster. Feels damn good. I can actually use my closet now. 

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14 minutes ago, KiDisaster said:

This is baffling :P Even before streaming was the norm I only ever rented. 

Sidenote: This thread inspired me to finally clean out my damn closet of years and years of accumulated junk. I have a walk-in in this apartment that I could never actually walk into because it was so damn full. Donated a few boxes of books and clothes to Goodwill and threw a bunch of stuff in the dumpster. Feels damn good. I can actually use my closet now. 

Haha seriously DVDs,  CDs,  vinyl - we sell loads! And nice one! :D

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5 hours ago, Theda Baratheon said:

I mostly use my DVDs as decoration; love it when people see my excellent movie taste lmao 

I work in a DVD store though and I don't think they're going anywhere too soon - people buy DVDs all the time 

that's kinda crazy, and I say that as a guy who works at a very similar type store. we had a reputation as one of the best record stores this side of amoeba, and used sales were our bread and butter because of the high mark up just 4-5 years ago. now we have stores that don't even carry dvds

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6 hours ago, supernintendo chalmers said:

that's kinda crazy, and I say that as a guy who works at a very similar type store. we had a reputation as one of the best record stores this side of amoeba, and used sales were our bread and butter because of the high mark up just 4-5 years ago. now we have stores that don't even carry dvds

We don't sell used stuff but there's a store Cex that does and I'm pretty sure those stores are always really busy as well but yeah we sell loads of DVDs - I don't think you can beat a physical copy of something sometimes...pretty sure we sell more DVDs than CDs and vinyl and we sell lots of those too! Dunno what it's like with your store but vinyl is making a gigantic comeback - our section is only getting bigger and bigger for it 

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Apart from extras, nice packaging etc. there is also an often overlooked point: A DVD or CD makes a much nicer gift than an itunes credits voucher or whatever these things are called. Not sure if this was only Germany or also in other countries but before Xmas 2015 some online stores could not deliver ordered CDs in time because they had not stocked enough not expecting such sales in face of prevailing downloads and streaming.

Also, I think people under ca. 40 are seriously underestimating how much most middle aged and elderly people prefer physical media to streaming or the like.

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Go through as much as you can to determine if any are of value before you just give them away.  You will probably be surprised at what you find. 

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Check with your local library.  I'm on the board of directors of my local library and we collect books and dvds all year for an annual sale in June. 

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I went through this a few months ago. I had hundreds of dvd's and lots of books I didn't want anymore so I looked around and found a place that actually picked the stuff up right from my driveway, and they give it to veterans here in the states. All I had to do was box everything up. Very convenient, and better than just throwing it out which I was thinking about doing.

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2 hours ago, Whitestripe said:

Check with your local library.  I'm on the board of directors of my local library and we collect books and dvds all year for an annual sale in June. 

 

This is what the library here in Bucks County, PA does as well.  I think they go through the donation box and keep what can be used in the library and sell the rest.  I've a nasty habit of buying books from the sale, reading them then putting them back in the donation box for someone else.  Most of the books I read have been passed around several people; there's one person I won't give a book to though, she'll read it then sell it on half or ebay instead of passing it along <_<.

Not sure how the library system works in the UK (OT-if Scotland leaves will you still be the UK?) but at least in the boonies pf PA it's on donations.

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On 3/7/2017 at 3:47 AM, Jo498 said:

Apart from extras, nice packaging etc. there is also an often overlooked point: A DVD or CD makes a much nicer gift than an itunes credits voucher or whatever these things are called. Not sure if this was only Germany or also in other countries but before Xmas 2015 some online stores could not deliver ordered CDs in time because they had not stocked enough not expecting such sales in face of prevailing downloads and streaming.

Also, I think people under ca. 40 are seriously underestimating how much most middle aged and elderly people prefer physical media to streaming or the like.

Yup. I am 65 and I buy DVDs all the time -- when I have watched them, I keep a few I really like to watch again. I give most of the rest to the library of the university I teach at. If the library already has a copy, or if I think it is unsuitable for the library for some reason, I donate the family friendly ones to a nonprofit thrift store, and sell the others to Half Price Books, which is the main place I know of in Omaha that buys and sells used DVDs.

Isn't it true that things are going in and out of streaming services like Netflix all of the time? If there is a film you really, really like and know you will want to see over again some day, isn't it safer to own a DVD than to rely on whatever streaming service you subscribe to still having it available in the future? (I would suppose the more obscure and less generally popular the film, the greater the chance would be of it disappearing from streaming services.)

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4 hours ago, Ormond said:

Isn't it true that things are going in and out of streaming services like Netflix all of the time? If there is a film you really, really like and know you will want to see over again some day, isn't it safer to own a DVD than to rely on whatever streaming service you subscribe to still having it available in the future? (I would suppose the more obscure and less generally popular the film, the greater the chance would be of it disappearing from streaming services.)

I think that is a good reason to keep DVDs if you think you're likely to want to watch a film again. It also seems that unless you subscribe to all the streaming services it's difficult to know whether a particular film will ever be available on the ones you are subscribed to, Netflix seem to be focusing more on TV shows than paying lots of money for film rights.

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