i’d say my collection of films would be worth in between $3500 to $4000
thats how much I’ve spent buying all my films. I dont know how much it would cost now, MORE or LESS.
hopefully i can sell it more than what i paid. (but its my collection so its all mine)
Since they are DVDs, probably less.
yeah but some of the old films are hard to find unless you go online and buy those international releases
Do you know how many Africans you could feed with that money?!
Wait a second, Africans eat DVDs?
no… they eat money… 87 cents a day to be more precise.
Lets see…that dollar burger from Mcdonalds would get me about 3500 burgers then the $5000 would be for the other things that would go with it like water, soda, or whatever oh and including the shipping. so yeah. i could feed a lot of people.
just send them the movies, I’m sure they’ll get much more satisfaction out of WATCHING people eat in good movies than the actual food. that is, assuming you have good movies.
Send them Chocolat and Marie Antoinette for staters.
Big Night, Like Water for Chocolate, Charlie & the…yeah pretty much anything with Chocolate in the title
Nothin’ like good ol’ food porn.
Send a few cooking shows while you’re at it.
what about blueberry nights?
Its going to be some constipated Africans
I’m sure they’ll love Julie & Julia. ;)
Also add Soul Food, Tortilla Soup.
Ah man I bet the Auteur gods are really angry right now LOL
yeah forgot about Tortilla Soup, that movie reminds me of my abuelita’s house. great food.
dvds will be about as valuable as videotapes in the not too distant future. Blu-ray discs will eventually go the way of vhs, too. Not Blu-ray streaming, or something similar, just the discs.
I disagree Stoker… I got a copy of Alien on VHS for $1 the other day. The lowest I see DVDs hitting is $5.00… but yeah DVDs are like cars. They depreciate as soon as you break the plastic.
I hate this question.
If someone collected sports memorabilia and had a few signed balls that totaled $10,000 no one would blink an eye. It would seem normal, a small collection actually.
But the fact that my DVDs could feed kids in Africa makes me the bad guy! You know what I like movies, I like rewatching them, which results in me getting plenty of use out of my DVDs. They make me happy. Is that so bad?
I know everyone was just joking around but I thought I would have an over the top unnecessary response just because I feel strongly on the topic of what is worth money and what isn’t. My mom got our dining room chairs refurnished for a few hundred bucks and our neighbor who had just gotten back from a month long trip to Europe actually said “That’s a bit extravagant isn’t it?”. Sorry, it just annoys me.
I was referring to the technology of dvds and discs going the way of floppies and vhs. The information on streaming Blu-Ray is the same as a Blu-Ray disc. Eventually, every film ever made could be available via Blu-Ray streaming, or something similar, and, later, something more advanced thus rendering all discs obsolete. Consumers may still want them, like some people want vinyl music albums, but dvds won’t be collector items unless it’s something very rare.
don’t feel bad, just think about how much we ourselves pay for overpriced food that could go towards feeding children in Africa, I mean 87 cents a day? even a fast food meal is around $5 or $6.It’s both ironic AND disgusting. But it’s alright, I understand Bono’s working on something to take care of this…
Stoker, That wasn’t directed at you but just the question and where I assumed the discussion was going. Sorry I should have kept my mouth shut but I had that argument on IMDb a year or two ago and didn’t want it again. Its been 3/4 a year on the Auteurs and still sometimes I forget how much higher quality the discussion is! I agree DVDs won’t be collectors items.
I bet my collection is worth at least $10,000,000. I own every one in existence except Jigglypuff.
If I tried to sell my collection to the local record/dvd store, I might get $500. But it’s worth far more than that to me.
Drew. No offense taken at all. I didn’t even see your last post until after I put up my last post.
I have about 500 dvds of all kinds. A lot of art house, Criterion, a lot of noirs, just a big collection of films that I like. I don’t think I could sell the whole collection for more than $1000. Probably less. To me, it’s worth much more than that. To replace that would cost much more. If what I have was in vhs, it would be worthless. That’s my point, or my main point. It’s the disc format that’s not going to be worth much in the near future.
Stoker: Streaming hi-def video requires a huge amount of bandwidth and server costs. So first off, access to solid bandwidth has to be standardized, something that has been and will continue to be very difficult in major markets like the U.S. And second of all, you have to centralize all the media and put everything on it, so people will be able to access everything they might want to see. That’s a huge roadblock, since film licensing is probably one of the most complicated systems in existence, as content distribution is concerned. And then you have to find people who will pay monthly fees, which probably would be the easiest part of the process, but of course this step is contingent on everything else falling in place. It has to be reliable, always available, the bandwidth has to be right, the selection has to be there, etc, etc, etc. So I don’t think a real streaming-only option that would replace recorded media is anywhere in the near future.
I think my collection costs about…..
Bolo Tie. I agree with you, except on the one issue of the near future. The technology is already here. Netflix does it, among others, on a small scale and their selections keep increasing. All the issues you stated are what’s preventing it from happening sooner rather than later, but I think it’s just a matter of time. When do you think it could happen?
I used to have a DVDspot what told me how much my movies were worth and had a place to enter how much I paid for it so that I could compare. At the time, before it went down, I was averaging about 2/3rds the usual (usual in that case meant MSRP, which is what DVDs almost NEVER cost) cost*.
However, that was before I started mixing my work discount with super special shopping skills** and getting most movies for $8 or less. I’d imagine by now I’ve spent less than half of what my DVD collection was supposed to cost MSRP.
In terms of buyback value, if you sell them to a brick or mortar store you can get anywhere from a penny to five dollars for single movies, a dollar to twelve dollars on boxed sets (definitely depending on the title, how recently it was released, what condition, etc.). I hate to say this because it goes against the people what give me a paycheck, but if you’re going to sell used sell on Amazon.com. There, I can sell a movie for at least twice as much as I can get selling back at my own store, because the customer I’m selling it to doesn’t have to mark it up and sell it themselves (unless they want to at the price I’m selling it for, in which case power to them whoever they may be…). However, I do not personally consider buyback value to be equivalent to “value” of the DVD, and I’m not just talking sentimentality here. Most corporate brick and mortar stores just simply don’t have a concept of “rarity” in which to evaluate a DVD and are only concerned with stated MSRP price, usually at time of DVD first release, and make adjustments and calculations from there. An independent may do better but they are running a business too and cannot afford to spend $20 on a used Criterion, they’d rather SELL a used Criterion for $20, so they’d need to buy it back for something like five—even though they really desperately want Criterions, since used Criterions are rare (especially since I snap most of ’em up the second they come in, haha!).
So without mark-up, the used movie itself is worth quite a bit of money to sell used. For instance, a used Criterion is usually $20, the cheaper Criterions at my work go for $16.99, some really expensive ones (like The Complete Mr. Ardakin, which I didn’t snap up because my coworker did, little git) goes for $24.99. That would mean, in my eyes, the value of having a copy of The Complete Mr. Ardakin (am I getting that title right? I doubt I’m getting that title right… but anyway) is somewhere between the maybe three bucks we give to buy it from people who sell it to us and the $24.99 we actually sell it ourselves for. I’d say the Complete Mr. Ardakin is worth about $18 for you if you own it, since, well, that’s about how much I figure I would sell it on Amazon.com or to a friend who really wanted it or whatever. If it went out of print, well then!
Is that old edition of Salo that Criterion released back in the day still running around in the triple digits? Anybody have that one?
Anyway, since I haven’t logged my DVDs since DVDspot went down (I’m half-heartedly beginning to do it again on DVDaf), I have no idea what my collection is worth. But it was getting to be about $5000 back then, so I’m guessing it’s maybe $6500 now?…? Whatever the case, it’s worth it to me.
And yes, I could have built an African village with that money. But this was $6500 or even much less spent over eight years (I got my first DVD player and my first DVD (The Big Lebowski), when I got my first job when I was almost 16) at a slow and gradual pace not nearly matching the costs of feeding, clothing, and sheltering myself while going to college, working, and having a life, and I believe I budgeted in entertainment at quite the low but still worthy percentage of my income in order to actually enjoy the life I’m living, which I do not believe is at the expense of others. I could also argue that that’s money I’ve invested into the industry I intend to have a career in, though those arguments are always stretching it. At any rate, I could feel guilty but I’d rather not.
*Wow, that is the coolest parenthetical statement I’ve ever written, because if you read it aloud it begins with “usual usual” and ends with “cost cost”, and yet to the best of my knowledge it is still grammatically correct and sans superfluousness!
**I.e., waiting for it to be put on Clearance Rental, which takes all the special skills of waiting less than a month and not buying new like an idiot.