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DVD Collections - How much is too much?

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14th December 2007 0:41  #1

jlmace Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 2
DVD Collections - How much is too much?
My collection recently topped 700 DVDs (and 800 CDs). My wife is increasingly not amused. I need to point out that there are other people out there with a more egregious collecting habit.

Couple questions:

1) What is the average collection out there?

2) What is the best way to catalog your DVDs and CDs?

3) What is the most effective way to sell DVDs you don't want anymore or duplicates?

14th December 2007 2:26  #2

m@tt Member Join Date: October 2007 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 551
700 DVDs? Thats impressive, I can sympathize with your wife, OCD is a terrible thing to live with.

14th December 2007 2:37  #3

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
1) Mine is around 570. I'd say the average is 200 or 300. But no one can beat Jonny with 1000+

2) I catalog through Genres and Box Sets. And I do it online.

3) I sell the ones I no longer want, through friends, or to second hand stores or through my specialist retailer who sells customers' used unwanted  DVD's for a special price. Depends on the title really.

14th December 2007 9:34  #4

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,119 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Stopped counting when my personal collection got to about 700, but it's all the unused check discs that are the problem as they take up so much space. I reckon if pressed I could get it down to about 200 must-have discs. I hardly buy anything nowadays though because there's not much left that I want. Won't be buying too many BD/HD DVD titles, just the classics.

15th December 2007 12:32  #5

Disciple Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Sweden Posts: 766
I have 1209 DVDs, 15 HD DVDs and 14 Blu-Ray Discs. But i'm far from the biggest collector. There are people out there with several thousand DVDs. Wink


Forgot to answer your questions:

1) Average collection? No idea, guess it depends on what kind of people you're looking at, casual collectors or people who have to have everything. Wink

2) I'd say a list that you can control yourself. You don't wanna use a program where different people have entered different films/seasons of a series into the database. Trust me. You want consistency.

3) Don't know, never sold a DVD. Wink

15th December 2007 13:55  #6

Tigerclaw Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 493 Send a message via MSN to Tigerclaw
1) What is the average collection out there?
I have over 100 DVDs

2) What is the best way to catalog your DVDs and CDs?
Alphabet order on a Bookcase Shelve in the wreck room and document information on web site www.dvdspot.com

3) What is the most effective way to sell DVDs you don't want anymore or duplicates?
I usually give them to close friends

15th December 2007 17:07  #7

Franchise Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 294 Send a message via AIM to Franchise Send a message via MSN to Franchise Send a message via Yahoo to Franchise
Most of my friends have between 50 and 200 movies on DVD.  Just myself, I have about 800.  I have them all displayed in racks here in my computer room in alphabetical order with my box sets taking up the top of each rack.

To keep myself in order, I use www.dvdaf.com and also DVD Profiler.  It keeps me where I need to be.

As for selling, I've sold over 400 DVDs since getting into the game to keep space open and rotate my collection around.  I keep the essentials, but the side flicks are fair game.  I usually try to sell them to friends at work first or if that fails, I take it to a pawn shop where they give me $2.  It could be worse.

16th December 2007 7:58  #8

DVD King Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1
Hi

Hi Everyone I'm New To This Forum & Was Quite Impressed With Your Collections But I Have To Say My Collection Would Blow All Yours Away.
My Collection Started Way Back In 1998 & Has Even Been In The British Magazine DVD Review, I'm Now Have One Of The Biggest Collections & Was Placed At Number 3 In The U.K.
My Collection Has Grow Up To 4000+ & Is Still Growing.
I've Been A Film Geek Since I Saw E.T. In 1982 & Never Looked Back.
I Have A Room In My House Dedicated To Housing My Collection & To My Family I've Become Their Own Personal BlockBuster DVD Shop.
I Sometimes Ask Myself When Will This Addiction End & The Truth Is Never, I've Now Passed Me Genes In To 2 Year Old Son Who Already Owns Over 100 DVDs Including All His Favourite Cartoons & A Growing Disney Collection.
If Anybody Knows Out There Of A Pill Or Something I Can Take To Help Me Beat This, Please Let Me Know!
I Hope This Helps All You Film Geeks Out There That There Really Is This Growing Disese That You Can Catch By Just Talking To A Film Nerd & The Next Thing You Know You've Turned Into Me! (Just Kidding, There Can Be Only One)

16th December 2007 10:31  #9

Disciple Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Sweden Posts: 766
You've chosen a fitting name. Do you have any pictures of your collection. Would be cool to see.

Unfortunately i've heard of no such pill. Wink

16th December 2007 12:33  #10

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
DVD "King" wrote: Hi

Hi Everyone I'm New To This Forum & Was Quite Impressed With Your Collections But I Have To Say My Collection Would Blow All Yours Away.blah blah blah

*******
Please Don't Write Everything With A Capital Letter At The Beginning Of Every Sodding Word. It's Really Really Annoying.

16th December 2007 16:40  #11

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Disciple wrote: You've chosen a fitting name.



In the spirit of this absurd boast fest of a thread, the title of Kng should not be bestowed on someone who has merely the 3rd largest DVD collection in the land an should renounce his claim on the title. When #1 shows up here, bringing an end to the search for the top most person in the country with more money than sense, only then can someone bandy the title about.

Also, DVD (name to be replaced later) are the works of Guttenberg and Latifah in your collection by any chance?

16th December 2007 18:11  #12

Andrewr05 Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 172 Send a message via Yahoo to Andrewr05
I'm a n00b when it comes to collections, I only have about 50 right now but I'm constantly buying more when good releases come out...

16th December 2007 18:48  #13

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Sorry. I can't resist.

The correct spelling is knob.

Happy

20th December 2007 6:02  #14

Andrewr05 Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 172 Send a message via Yahoo to Andrewr05
O rly?

 

22nd December 2007 4:47  #15

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Nic Mall wrote:
*******
Sodding Word.


What the hell is a sodding word? lol

Has it got something to do with grass or a lawn? Wink

22nd December 2007 12:27  #16

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
'Sodding word Riggs'

'Sodding word Rog'.

23rd December 2007 10:16  #17

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Andrewr05 wrote: Text talk

 


*Explodes*

24th December 2007 3:12  #18

Andrewr05 Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 172 Send a message via Yahoo to Andrewr05
Nic Mall wrote: *Explodes*Confused I be...

24th December 2007 6:33  #19

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
When your collection out grows your house

25th December 2007 3:57  #20

joekurtz Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 3
Nic Mall wrote: Andrewr05 wrote: Text talk

 


*Explodes*



   Forgive me, but I'm new here luv & I feel like I would be horribly remiss if I neglected to tell you straight away that I happen to have a TOTALLY debilitating weakness for UK women, red hair & lovely snug black tank tops.

   OK, now that we've established that, shall we continue ...

25th December 2007 4:22  #21

Andrewr05 Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 172 Send a message via Yahoo to Andrewr05
joekurtz wrote: [quote=Nic Mall wrote]
   Forgive me, but I'm new here luv & I feel like I would be horribly remiss if I neglected to tell you straight away that I happen to have a TOTALLY debilitating weakness for UK women, red hair & lovely snug black tank tops.
... 0.o
Internet stalking ftl...
:p

25th December 2007 5:23  #22

joekurtz Member Join Date: December 2007 Location: United States Posts: 3
m@tt wrote: 700 DVDs? Thats impressive, I can sympathize with your wife, OCD is a terrible thing to live with.


   Yes, indeed, it can be.

   Especially when one is a lifelong collector whose budget doesn't allow for him to adequately keep up with one sort of collection, much less SEVERAL!

   Believe me, I've often wished that my field of interests were narrower so that I could concentrate my efforts & resources toward just one or two things, but, unfortunately, I'm just not wired that way. Though, I have managed to narrow my focus a bit  by putting some of my collections into a sort of "semi-retired" status, if you will & selling off others.
   For instance, as a lifelong diehard boxing fan who eventually became a fighter himself & worked in the game for afterward for well over a decade, I'd built up a large boxing memorabilia collection. Everything from on site posters, programs, tickets, magazines, autographed photos, card sets, fightworn items ( gloves, trunks, shoes etc. ) & so on. Things I'd accumulated since I'd first begun to follow the sport as a young lad way back in 1976. In other words, three decades worth of stuff.
   On top of all that, was my fight tape collection. Hundreds of VHS filled with bouts that I'd been recording since the early '80s when I'd purchased my first VCR. Plus dozens more that I'd traded for & purchased over the years.
   I needed a separate room, just for my boxing stuff alone.
   All of which I loved, mind you. But, honestly, it was just SO much stuff in sheer volume. And just bloody back breaking to move. Which, not being a homeowner, I had to do on occasion. Such as in '04 when my wife & I separated.
   It was then that I decided that something had to be done. I realized that unless I wanted literally bury myself in my boxing collection, I had to pare it down somehow. And make some tough choices in the process.
   With the first thing to go being my fight film/tape collection. As much time & effort as I'd invested in it over the years recording, labeling, cataloging it etc., it was actually quite liberating in the end to "let it go". Even though, many of the fights in it were very rare & would be VERY difficult to ever replace, with all my other interests & such, I saw that 99% of what I had, I'd never actually ever watch again. So, other than my pre-recorded collection, I gave away the entire thing.

   Then, I took a long hard look at my massive boxing magazine collection & decided to sell off about a third of it. Then came my posters. I sold about two thirds of them as well. All of which allowed me to consolidate my boxing collection down to a manageable size made up of things that I truly loved & appreciated.

   At the same time as doing all this, I also decided to part with my BLACK BELT magazine collection & the bulk of my martial arts related stuff.
   I've been training in various martial arts & combatives since even before I developed my interest in boxing. Eventually leading to a black belt in Hawaiian Kempo. With the magazines something that I'd been buying & collecting since the '70s as well. And,while they were hard to part with. Again, as I did & I sold off box after box after box, it was like gaining valuable breathing room.

   But, that was all that I parted with & probably, all I ever will. My book collection is made up of several smaller collections actually, of vintage horror paperbacks, Stephen King first edition hardcovers, all my genre fiction ( horror & hardboiled crime mostly ) & graphic novels.
   Then there's my Fangoria & other genre magazines collection.

   My action figures collection which is small by most figure collector's standards, but which, I hope to improve upon greatly.

   Then there are ( FINALLY! ), the subject of this thread ( & indeed, the entire site ) DVDs.
   My collection of which is ( like my action figure collection ) by most REAL collectors sizes, quite small. Smaller even than many "average folks who don't consider themselves collectors" collections. Which, rarely ceases to shame & humiliate me. LOL

   But, seriously, once again, it's something that I hope to remedy soon. My "wish list" is huge & as soon as my sorry arse gets back to work within the next few weeks ( after the past few years spent being a "stay at home dad" ), I plan on buying as many discs as will my accursed need for food allow me to!



   
   

25th December 2007 13:40  #23

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
I'm trying to cut down on the LE(s) now and just focus mainly on BD and HD

However, when it comes to Hi-Def LE then it's a completely different matter lol

26th December 2007 1:26  #24

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Which do you prefer right now Boboi? - Blu Ray or HD?

26th December 2007 11:20  #25

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
Well It's hard to say since my player is not really a standalone (PS3 and previously X-Box) - But as far as that is concern I much prefer HD DVD to Blu-Ray. For various reasons like many Warner HD DVD has a superior HD Extras. But at the end of the day I'm buying both formats, and mostly from the US because it's the cheapest and I like the US case more than others thick hd case...and my bd player is Region A

So simply, in most cases if the movie get release in both bd/hd I would go for hd. But not I'm temporarily out of hd dvd player, I'm looking to buy Toshiba A35 but still waiting for my friend in the US to get back to me. So right now, only PS3 and BD, which well needless to say that my PS3 has already been "broken" last week, so much for the so called Sony's "Next-Gen" console!

26th December 2007 16:06  #26

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
I may be looking to get Blu Ray in 2008. What player are you using to play U.S. Blu Ray DVD's?

26th December 2007 17:15  #27

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
HK Play Station 3 (Region A)

26th December 2007 23:54  #28

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Thanks. Makes sense now.

2nd January 2008 3:50  #29

FooF Member Join Date: January 2008 Location: United States Posts: 4
Hi, first time visitor/poster. Here's my collection:
http://www.dvdspot.com/list.php?member=FooF&...
Might take a minute to load.

Happy

3rd January 2008 22:22  #30

Sam Spade Member Join Date: January 2007 Location: United States Posts: 2,032 Send a message via MSN to Sam Spade
I would like to welcome everyone to DVD Collectors anonymousHappy

My collection is a probubly around 200.I sell dvds when I get sick of em and don't make enough to buy dvds every week.
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