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#1 Posted on 17.5.06 0027.04
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I've noticed that I have duplicate movies on both VHS and DVD. Both are the store-bought officially licensed version of the movie. The kind you paid 19.99 when the VHS was released in 1989, then 14.99 when it was released on DVD in 2001.

Which brings me to the question: is there any reason to keep the VHS version around? It still has the original box and all that crap. But the DVD is skinnier...sexier.. sleeker..and better. Aside from sentimental value, I can't think of any reason why I should keep old VHS versions.

Old vinyl records are considered cool and somewhat collectible, but I don't see that happening with old VHS tapes. So what do you guys think?
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#2 Posted on 17.5.06 0211.54
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    Originally posted by estragand
    Old vinyl records are considered cool and somewhat collectible, but I don't see that happening with old VHS tapes. So what do you guys think?
Yeah, but you can't compare vinyl records to VHS tapes -- it's more accurate to compare VHS to cassette tapes. Does anyone collect cassette tapes? There you go.

So yeah -- I'd dump anything you can right now, this second, unless there's some real good reason to keep it -- like if the VHS has a different version on it, such as Blood Simple or (until the new DVDs come out) Star Wars.

--K



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#3 Posted on 17.5.06 1011.57
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I don't think we're far enough away from the VHS era to say that they won't be valuable, but I do feel comfortable in saying that I highly doubt it. The only way I see VHS tapes becoming valuable are those for films that are out-of-print and aren't and/or won't be made available on DVD.

One of the appeal of vinyl records is that they were around for so long and created a nostalgic cult following even after the introduction of the compact disc, which I don't see as being the case with VHS.
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#4 Posted on 17.5.06 1019.27
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    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    I don't think we're far enough away from the VHS era to say that they won't be valuable, but I do feel comfortable in saying that I highly doubt it. The only way I see VHS tapes becoming valuable are those for films that are out-of-print and aren't and/or won't be made available on DVD.

    One of the appeal of vinyl records is that they were around for so long and created a nostalgic cult following even after the introduction of the compact disc, which I don't see as being the case with VHS.


As someone who owns several thousand vinyl records, I agree. I would add that if I listen to the CD and then the vinyl (without knowing) I can spot the vinyl and prefer it. Not as clean but I still think the sound is warmer. I know I am an old curmudgeon but hey, what can I say. And the feeling of holding the vinyl in its box with the large artwork etc. beats the jewel case all to hell.

I thought I read that CDs life expectancy wasn't as long as thought and they are subject to many things that can deteriorate their condition. Is that true or not?
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#5 Posted on 17.5.06 1112.54
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
    As someone who owns several thousand vinyl records, I agree. I would add that if I listen to the CD and then the vinyl (without knowing) I can spot the vinyl and prefer it. Not as clean but I still think the sound is warmer.


When I was in grad school, we would have listening parties - people would bring both the vinyl and CD of an album, including different genres of music, and we would compare the recordings on my professor's ridiculously expensive stereo system (the speakers alone were at least $3k a piece).

We would start both at the same time and switch back and forth.

The vinyl ALWAYS sounded significantly better.
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#6 Posted on 17.5.06 1214.34
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
    And the feeling of holding the vinyl in its box with the large artwork etc. beats the jewel case all to hell.
I definitely miss the artwork on LPs. CD artwork isnt even trying.
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#7 Posted on 17.5.06 1233.18
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I'd compare video tapes to their audio cousin the ... tape!

I can't see there being a large underground "tape" phenomena that's going to pop up, if only because it's such a flimsy technology.

Get rid of 'em.
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#8 Posted on 17.5.06 1253.30
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Yup. All of this backs up what I was thinking.. get rid of 'em. But I'm a pack rat and feel bad about throwing ANYTHING out. I still have some worthless plastic balloon birthday-cake props and the bubble blower from a friend's wedding.

I have two old Batman VHS tapes that I'll probably keep, yet never play. One is half of the old 1930's movie serials and has a cool box. The other is the 1989 VHS release of the Tim Burton flick. I have a shelf of Random Bat-Crap in my Nerd Room, so they'll be at home, there.

Aside from a straight-up Garbage Toss, I can't think of any guilt-free way to get rid of my other old tapes. Maybe toss 'em in with my next thrift store dontation and get that all-important 5.00 tax write-off!

I agree with you about the large artwork of the vinyl records. Now you can simply put out a small design or picture and call it an album cover. I used to stare for hours at Iron Maiden's "Somewhere in Time" LP. The artwork for "Powerslave" had a message that said "Indiana Jones Wuz Here, 1941"-- it's impossible to see it on the CD version.
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#9 Posted on 17.5.06 1308.44
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    Originally posted by estragand
    Aside from a straight-up Garbage Toss, I can't think of any guilt-free way to get rid of my other old tapes. Maybe toss 'em in with my next thrift store dontation and get that all-important 5.00 tax write-off!


What about selling them on Ebay? I wouldn't want to sell tapes one by one, but maybe you could sell lots of ten, grouped by genre or something.
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#10 Posted on 17.5.06 1323.41
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    Originally posted by rinberg
      Originally posted by estragand
      Aside from a straight-up Garbage Toss, I can't think of any guilt-free way to get rid of my other old tapes. Maybe toss 'em in with my next thrift store dontation and get that all-important 5.00 tax write-off!


    What about selling them on Ebay? I wouldn't want to sell tapes one by one, but maybe you could sell lots of ten, grouped by genre or something.


I've considered ebay for my VHS's in the past. I decided to view the many pages on ebay for VHS tapes to research how much I might get out of my own set. I learned that you can't expect too much cash for the entire lot. However getting a little cash for your set is still better than just tossing them (contingent upon the effort you have to put in to sell/ship them).

Tip: If you want to make extra cash on ebay, join the other ebay highway robbers and drastically overcharge for the shipping fee. I personally hate this practice. I've seen it work successfully though.
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#11 Posted on 17.5.06 1334.20
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I don't know *how* attached you are to those VHS tapes, but if you're not particularly it is my experience that they are GREAT to toss out in a garage sale situation for a couple of bucks apiece. We had twenty or thirty lying around and they seemed to get people to go from "browsing" to "thinking about buying something".
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#12 Posted on 17.5.06 1339.01
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In these parts, there's a chain of stores called "Half Price Books". They buy and sell used books, as well as CDs, VHS and cassette tapes, even albums and comics. If you have some sort of book re-selling shop, you might want to contact them - it would mean an all at once disposal, for a little cash and little to no hassle.
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#13 Posted on 17.5.06 1640.38
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Try pawn shops and locally-owned video stores, used bookstores, and used record stores. You'll probably not get more than 50 cents each -- if that -- but it's something.

JayJayDean's garage sale idea is great, too, and you'll get more money.

--K
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#14 Posted on 17.5.06 1649.54
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    Originally posted by cfgb
    I'd compare video tapes to their audio cousin the ... tape!

    I can't see there being a large underground "tape" phenomena that's going to pop up, if only because it's such a flimsy technology.

    Get rid of 'em.

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#15 Posted on 18.5.06 0116.05
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You can donate the VHS tapes to your local library.

I like DVDs, but I sometimes prefer the convenience of VHS: being able to stop a tape, take it out, and put it in after watching another video without having to weed through menus, and (im)patiently wait through the copywrite warning messages...that's a good thing in my books.

Generally speaking, some DVD re-releases don't have anything really worth keeping. I mean, on your barebones DVD releases, all that's added are theatrical trailers. Who cares?

If anything, don't toss the VHS tapes out. Sell them on Ebay (if they're somewhat rare) or donate them to a library. Or...give them to family who haven't migrated to DVD yet.
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#16 Posted on 18.5.06 0220.49
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VHS tapes do not work well to shore up uneven furniture. They crack under weight and then your furniture is uneven again.

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#17 Posted on 18.5.06 0317.51
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Did You Know?

VHS tapes also make lousy building blocks, because you can only stack so many of them before they tumble. If you absolutely must build a house out of VHS tapes, I'd use some kind of adhesive to keep them stuck together.

When hitting a VHS tape with a large hammer, it's a good idea to be wearing safety goggles, as little plastic shards could shoot your eye out, kid!

Now you know.

(edited by ekedolphin on 18.5.06 0418)
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#18 Posted on 18.5.06 0501.32
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    Originally posted by Oliver
    I like DVDs, but I sometimes prefer the convenience of VHS: being able to stop a tape, take it out, and put it in after watching another video without having to weed through menus, and (im)patiently wait through the copywrite warning messages...that's a good thing in my books.


My Sony six-disc changer has a 50 DVD memory and will resume from the stop point if the DVD is still in the last-50-played list.

That was one of the selling points that made me buy it. It's especially nice for anime or tv series when I don't want to plod through more than two or three episodes at a time. This remembers where I left off for me.
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#19 Posted on 18.5.06 0702.30
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    Originally posted by Lise
    VHS tapes do not work well to shore up uneven furniture. They crack under weight and then your furniture is uneven again.


I bet that was Aaron's idea, wasn't it?
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#20 Posted on 18.5.06 0903.07
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    VHS tapes also make lousy building blocks, because you can only stack so many of them before they tumble. If you absolutely must build a house out of VHS tapes, I'd use some kind of adhesive to keep them stuck together.


To make your stack of VHS tapes higher without adhesives, alternate the direction they are facing so that the stack will remain even.
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