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Old 05-22-2020, 03:46 AM   #1
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Wondering why still lot of especially dvd box sets are so expensive. Are people still buying dvds?
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:06 PM   #2
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:39 PM   #3
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Good to see physical media sales up. Bad to see DVDs up and Bluray down. I still buy the occasional DVD if there is no blu (Examples: Classic Heman, Voltron, and Turtles, Xena, Parks and Rec) but I would never buy a DVD if there was a 4K or blu.
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To answer the OP's question, though a lot of folks stream exclusively these days - I know that some people (including me) are definitely still buying DVD's - for numerous reasons:

1) There is still a lot of material out there that has never (and probably will never) be on Blu, so if you want this on physical media standard DVD is your only option.

2) There are still those out there who don't have a Blu player & just have a regular DVD player - so, DVD is their only physical media option.

3) Lastly, in some (not all) cases, the DVD may be slightly cheaper than the same movie/TV show on Blu. So, cost being a big factor to some people - they may opt to buy the DVD because it's less $.
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2+3 are true, but there isnt really a reason for them. People seem to have this impression that blu ray players are really expensive when they havent been for years.

Then of course, you have the "DVD is good enough" crowd. Yet they buy 4K TVs to watch them on...
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Well...To elaborate more, I was actually looking to buy 'Six feet under' Series on Blu-ray bt found super-expensive so then started looking out for DVD version. OH Man..Still super-expensive they are and i do not have a choice other than waiting for some price drop...But i think this crazy market will continue until there are buyers or demand out there...
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Wow.Very Interesting & Informative. Did not realize this and this now explains that DVD demand has not so much declined for some reasons.
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2+3 are true, but there isnt really a reason for them. People seem to have this impression that blu ray players are really expensive when they havent been for years.

Then of course, you have the "DVD is good enough" crowd. Yet they buy 4K TVs to watch them on...
They don't sell HDTVs (50 inch+) anymore.
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Well...To elaborate more, I was actually looking to buy 'Six feet under' Series on Blu-ray bt found super-expensive so then started looking out for DVD version. OH Man..Still super-expensive they are and i do not have a choice other than waiting for some price drop...But i think this crazy market will continue until there are buyers or demand out there...
Six Feet Under hasn't been released on Blu-ray. Where did you find this super expensive Blu-ray set of Six Feet Under?

I'm also curious as to what your definition of super expensive is. Six Feet Under The Complete Series is $50 for a brand new copy on Amazon; I wouldn't consider $50 for 5 seasons to be super expensive.

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Six Feet Under hasn't been released on Blu-ray. Where did you find this super expensive Blu-ray set of Six Feet Under?

I'm also curious as to what your definition of super expensive is. Six Feet Under The Complete Series is $50 for a brand new copy on Amazon; I wouldn't consider $50 for 5 seasons to be super expensive.
sorry i meant not Bluray but DVD here https://www.amazon.ca/Six-Feet-Under...d%2C169&sr=1-1
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Six Feet Under hasn't been released on Blu-ray. Where did you find this super expensive Blu-ray set of Six Feet Under?

I'm also curious as to what your definition of super expensive is. Six Feet Under The Complete Series is $50 for a brand new copy on Amazon; I wouldn't consider $50 for 5 seasons to be super expensive.
The early 2000s was kind of a brutal time to collect tv shows on dvd. The msrp on X-Files seasons was ~$149 and ~$139 for Star Trek: TNG. From what I recall Wal Mart had them on the shelves for around $99.99 to $109.99 or so per season which would be closer to the $150-160 range out the door per season when adusted for inflation assuming they were 'only' 99.99 each.

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The early 2000s was kind of a brutal time to collect tv shows on dvd. The msrp on X-Files seasons was ~$149 and ~$139 for Star Trek: TNG. From what I recall Wal Mart had them on the shelves for around $99.99 to $109.99 or so per season which would be closer to the $150-160 range out the door per season when adusted for inflation assuming they were 'only' 99.99 each.
So true. I've upgraded some of my favorite shows from dvd to blu and paid less for the blu then I did for the dvds.
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Well...To elaborate more, I was actually looking to buy 'Six feet under' Series on Blu-ray bt found super-expensive so then started looking out for DVD version. OH Man..Still super-expensive they are and i do not have a choice other than waiting for some price drop...But i think this crazy market will continue until there are buyers or demand out there...
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sorry i meant not Bluray but DVD here https://www.amazon.ca/Six-Feet-Under...d%2C169&sr=1-1
I think that's the US release, which is $50 on Amazon. I imagine the other complete sets (including the Canadian one) are Out of Print. Once titles go OOP, sellers basically make up their own prices and hope someone buys them. It's the same with everything else, once it the supplies stop, sellers hope demand will increase so they raise the prices.
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Many DVDs are difficult to find. The Robocop TV series was sold only in Canada I believe, unusual for region 1.

Don't get me started on limited releases like later volumes of Maison Ikkoku, Creamy Mami, and such.
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Many DVDs are difficult to find. The Robocop TV series was sold only in Canada I believe, unusual for region 1.
I have the UK DVD, but I'm guessing you meant region 1 specifically.

I wonder how much of DVD pricing takes the content into account. Sometimes the DVD is the only way you can get something like The Terminator with the original mono track, and especially some bonus features; the original Die Hard movies in particular are pretty bare bones on blu-ray compared to their DVD counterparts, but I doubt those DVDs are worth anything because they were still pressed in high volume.
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To add to the points already mentioned, there are still people out there that have no idea that blu-ray players can also play dvds. As such, they stick to dvds because that's all their players can handle.

Secondly, I don't think that the average person actively seeks out titles. I think they're casual buyers more likely to just pick up whatever is put on the shelves. Personally, I've noticed that Walmarts have a bad habit of only having dvd copies when I know there are blu-ray versions. Which begs the question, are people only buying dvds because that's all that stores are offering or are stores only offering dvds because that's all that people are buying?

When it comes to boxsets, you're edging into a more niche market. Personally, for films, I generally prefer individual releases. It may cost more in the long run, but it's divided up into more manageable bites. Some boxsets like the Amityville Cursed Collection on blu-ray, I only want Amityville Dollhouse.

It's the tv boxsets or even just tv in general that I find the prices to be all over the map. More often than not, tv collections are generally dvd only releases. A good chunk of them are still on the air.

I would imagine for the average person, there's no incentive to pay out $65 for the M.A.S.H. collection on dvd only when you can still watch it for free over the air. Even worse is $20-$25 a pop for blu-rays of individual hour long Christmas staples that are on every year for free. So, definitely more of a niche market.
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So true. I've upgraded some of my favorite shows from dvd to blu and paid less for the blu then I did for the dvds.
And of course the DVDs even at ~full price were significantly cheaper than the VHS editions.
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Many are OOP. Physical media has always been pricey until digital took over. Laserdiscs, VHS, all were expensive.
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