[Videolib] re: VHS pricing

Mike Boedicker (mboedicker@hotmail.com)
Wed, 03 Sep 2003 12:42:37 -0500

I've noticed that more brand-new feature films are now sell-through priced
($15-$20). Used to be only Disney stuff was sell-through. But the majority
of new VHS features are still priced for rental & so I buy them "30 day
used" from Midwest Tape for $39.99. But anymore it seems ridiculous to buy
a used tape for 40 bucks when I can get 2 DVDs -- on release date -- for the
same price. I wonder if DVD will ever use the "priced for rental" model.
Supposedly DVDs now account for more rentals than VHS, and yet DVDs are
still very reasonably priced. Hope it stays that way...

Mike Boedicker
Audiovisual Director & Webmaster
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230
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Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 09:57:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Holly Sammons" <sammons@ocpl.lib.ny.us>
To: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Subject: [Videolib] VHS pricing
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This may be related to the dvd/vhs question posed earlier. I'm wondering
if others are noticing that the prices on many vhs feature films have
become extremely cheap?! My library orders primarily from Baker and
Taylor, and in the past month or so I've noticed many titles are dirt
cheap, ie. under $10 retail. Many of these are newer releases, like
Barbershop, While Oleander, From Hell (okay so they're not blockbusters
but they are high demand items at MY library at least!) On my last order
of 75 titles, 23 of them were under $10.

Is something afoot? Are we looking at the inevitable demise of the

Collection development has gotten murky here, while many of our patrons
have dvd players the demand for vhs is still high. How does a library
determine the number of copies for any given title by format? How many
copies of a $30 dvd do I buy, when I can get the same title in vhs format
for $10 minus a fairly substantial discount?

Holly Sammons, Librarian
Onondaga County Public Library
447 So Salina St
Syracuse NY  13202

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