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Old 12-27-2010, 02:29 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I just wanted to let people know that I found a cheaper alternative to Amazon.de for those in the USA (and possibly elsewhere) for purchasing German Blu-ray Discs:

http://www.grooves-inc.com/

What's interesting about these guys is that they offer US $2.70 shipping, and free shipping to the USA on orders over US $27.02. This means that they effectively beat Amazon.de, who charges at least EUR 14,00 shipping for one BD or DVD to the USA. They also accept PayPal.

I placed an order with them on 10 December (Friday) for Edge of Darkness (US $20.44) and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (US $24.39) for a total of US $44.83. The former item shipped on 14 December and arrived on 20 December. The latter item was shipped on 16 December and arrived on 24 December. Both items were dispatched from Switzerland and came in bright red padded envelopes with the company name on them via Deutsche Post.

For comparison, purchasing these same items on Amazon.de today would have cost EUR 43,40 shipped, or US $59.14 (according to Amazon.de currency conversion), with standard (8-12 business days) shipping.

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Old 12-27-2010, 01:22 PM   #2
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Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me about those guys, I've bought a couple things from them a few years ago and the service was excellent.

And if your buying several things from Amazon.it (same flat rate 14 euro shipping to North America), they also carry several French and German blu-rays. I'm doing a group buy on another forum for 15 items, and am picking up a copy of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada German BD from them. It's 17.86 euro vs. 16.99 @ Amazon.de, but the shipping will be less than a euro.

And be very wary of Amazon's currency conversion - unless your CC company charges you a huge foreign transaction fee, it's a rip off. I tried it at Amazon UK and they were going to charge me $1.66 to the pound when the rate was around $1.58 according to xe.com. Same for Amazon.fr, they wanted $1.39 for a euro when the rate was 1.32. My CC charges me 1% foreign transaction fee but I get 1% cash back so it's effectively a wash, so I always pay in local currency.

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Old 12-28-2010, 06:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link, I just gave them a try, good prices on the discs also.
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How is their packaging for Blu-ray steelbooks?
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:44 PM   #5
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How is their packaging for Blu-ray steelbooks?
Will let you know as I'm expecting one from them soon. Ordered 2 items, first was sent on the 6th and received it today (Canada) ordinary bubble-mailer. Waiting on the steel now.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:29 PM   #6
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Grooves just f**ked me! They cancelled the Casshern Blu-ray because there was no English. Damn it to hell!
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:43 PM   #7
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Does anyone know if Grooves stocks unrated releases that amazon.de doesn't carry?

Edit: I guess I should say "uncut" editions, since my understanding is they're still required to carry a fsk rating

Another edit: Ok I just did a little googling and it seems uncut editions can be released without an fsk rating. Anyway...heh

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Old 01-13-2011, 11:06 PM   #8
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Does anyone know if Grooves stocks unrated releases that amazon.de doesn't carry?

Edit: I guess I should say "uncut" editions, since my understanding is they're still required to carry a fsk rating

Another edit: Ok I just did a little googling and it seems uncut editions can be released without an fsk rating. Anyway...heh
It doesn't look like it. For German-friendly Blu-rays of films that are cut or banned in Germany, you would need to go to an Austrian or Swiss vendor.

DTM is English-friendly and they ship to the EU and the USA:

http://shop.dtm.at/
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:18 PM   #9
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It doesn't look like it. For German-friendly Blu-rays of films that are cut or banned in Germany, you would need to go to an Austrian or Swiss vendor.

DTM is English-friendly and they ship to the EU and the USA:

http://shop.dtm.at/
Thanks for the heads up. Yeah it occurred to me that was actually a pretty dumb question to ask about Grooves, since they're clearly a fairly major retailer, and the sale of unrated editions through major german online outlets is seemingly non existant.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:24 PM   #10
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Just realized I've been by dtm before. Completely forgot about that place, thanks for the reminder! I almost bought a limited edition Texas Chainsaw Massacre BD from theem awhile back but went with the UK release instead.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:12 AM   #11
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Very cool. I just ordered SAW1 and Jeepers Creepers. I didn't even know Jeepers was on BD!

This forum is awesome and really has helped me find some BD's I didn't even know existed!

Thanks OP!
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:17 PM   #12
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Just a quick update. I wrote Grooves three emails to ask them to ship it out. As a matter of fact, the last email I wrote in hopes of them shipping me the German Casshern Blu-ray was completely in German. I used almost all of my German skills to write that email since it's been almost 5 years since I left the country. IT WORKED! They shipped Casshern out today.
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Old 01-14-2011, 06:30 PM   #13
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Anyone happen to find Penelope [Blu-Ray] on Grooves?? I think there's a lot of stuff I want not listed T^T
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Anyone happen to find Penelope [Blu-Ray] on Grooves?? I think there's a lot of stuff I want not listed T^T
It's not there. I would suggest emailing them to see if they can get it. They also don't have Keinohrhasen on Blu-ray but they have it's sequel, ZweiohrkŁken.
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:52 PM   #15
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can i use a pre paid credit card on that site
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:16 PM   #16
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Grooves just f**ked me! They cancelled the Casshern Blu-ray because there was no English. Damn it to hell!
why would they refuse to ship something you paid for in the first place?
what am I missing here?
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:55 PM   #17
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why would they refuse to ship something you paid for in the first place?
what am I missing here?
Here's the email that I was sent:

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Dear Stephen,

We are very sorry to inform you that the Blueray " Casshern BD-Special Edition [Blu Ray Disc] Iseya, Yusuke/Aso, Kumiko/Terao, Akira" is only available in German and Japanese without English subtitles.

We will therefore cancel your order for this item.

Very sorry.
I got it today. It took it a week to get here. It was shipped out last Friday and arrived today.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:26 PM   #18
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Here's the email that I was sent:
They might have assumed you only spoke or comprehended English and thus they cancelled it out of convenience. Not that they shouldn't have asked first. Maybe an email will clear the issue up.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:36 PM   #19
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I got it, I sent them an email in German explaining that I speak German and that it's my second language. They were like; "Ok, we're sending it out."
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:48 PM   #20
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Thanks for the site OP. Overall, Grooves has a slightly cheaper price on a group of titles I was already looking at on Amazon.de. It's also nice that they don't have a high shipping fee if you're only looking to purchase a few titles.
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