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14th April 2006 18:50  #1

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Online vs offline in terms of DVD purchases
When buying DVDs what percentage do you purchase online? Where do you get most of your DVDs from? Why do you buy them there?

Reason I ask is I notice US visitors in particular stating they picked up title X from major offline retailer Y, and was interested to know why.

I get close to 100% of my titles online, mostly from: play.com, cd-wow.com and then more specialist ones like: dvdfromkorea.com, dddhouse.com and koreandvds.com.

14th April 2006 19:05  #2

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Mal,

I used to order nearly 100% of my DVDs from DeepDiscountDVD.com.  They would price match Circuit City and Best Buy; however, about 1.5 years ago they changed because those two retailers started charging shipping.

I buy new releases that are sold as loss-leaders at Circuit City, generally as they are usually a buck or two cheaper than Best Buy.

I still buy Box Sets (and anything over $25 which is the break even point between 6% Florida tax and the $1.25 shipping charge that DeepDiscount adds in to matching Circuit City/Best Buy prices) and catalog titles from DeepDiscountDVD.com.

I buy all my Criterion stuff from DVDPlanet.com.  Even though it appears that DVDPlanet and DeepDiscountDVD are the same company (they have the same return address), DVDPlanet is the cheapest place to buy Criterion DVDs.

I occassionally buy from Amazon on things like Box Sets when they have better prices than DeepDiscountDVD.  Sometimes, they will sell two discs editions for the same price as the 1 disc edition as well.

Everyone might think I am a miser trying to save a $1 or so on each DVD, but you have to remember, I own well over 1500 DVDs and saving money on each purchase is important.

14th April 2006 19:50  #3

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I buy new US releases I really want the week they come out at Best Buy or Target, I get my non R1 stuff from Xploitedcinema.com or Amazon UK, and everything else I pick up a various used sources like Pawn shops and a little place here in the TC called DVD123, I got Terminator 3 and Freddy VS Jason for a total of 3.50 from there.

14th April 2006 19:55  #4

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 the time, I buy my stuff at the store.  I've been looking at buying online, but when I buy a new movie, it takes a long time for prices to come down unless it's a movie that's not too memorable.  Getting the DVD at Wal-Mart or Best Buy usually doesn't cost too much (Wal-Mart prices are around $14.88 for single disc releases).  If it's a box set, I'll wait a bit and then try looking for it online.  I look out for the deals, but I hardly ever find them.  Most of the time, I stick with major retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, or Circuit City.  I'm pretty lucky only living a few minutes from all 4.

14th April 2006 21:16  #5

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Last DVD I bought online was Sin City: Recut with my Best Buy gift card. Any other time, I go to my video store and buy DVDs... it's about a block from my house either and they have great deals on some DVDs.

14th April 2006 21:17  #6

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Ah I see, so they are used as loss leaders to get you into the stores... makes sense.

14th April 2006 22:00  #7

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Mal wrote: Ah I see, so they are used as loss leaders to get you into the stores... makes sense.

I've always found this an odd term.....loss leader.  I sincerely doubt that Best Buy is losing money on selling dvds at $14.99, but maybe that is just my cynical nature.

21st April 2006 2:46  #8

therock31639 Member Join Date: February 2006 Location: United States Posts: 9
I love DeepDiscountDVD.com!!! I also like to look throught the $5.50 bin at local Wal-Marts.

21st April 2006 3:21  #9

Edgeworth Member Join Date: July 2004 Location: United States Posts: 256 Send a message via AIM to Edgeworth Send a message via MSN to Edgeworth
I rarely order DVDs online. Only Criterion and TV sets, but stores are usually reasonable about everything else I go after.

21st April 2006 4:11  #10

Keith Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 221
I mainly order for those harder to find in stores or DTS audio editions.  Its quicker to pick up a new release in the store at around 14.99 when its first released.  I can still order online and hold for pickup in the store.

21st April 2006 5:43  #11

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
I only buy DVD's every few months,
I usually order from Amazon at least once or twice a year, but I usually buy from Gamestop(great deals on used DVD's, and they usually work), Fry's, Costco and sometimes Wal-Mart.

21st April 2006 15:14  #12

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
I buy all my DVD's online. I refuse to buy Canadian discs anymore. Theyre always overpriced and have features ripped away in favour of french, or have ugly bi-lingual covers, etc...

I buy from Amazon and a few other sites. I usually end up paying less then the retail price of discs here even after exchange and shipping. If I were to buy here, I'd also have to add 15% tax ontop which I also get out of.

To me, there is no downside.

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