RE: Sell-through videos

MARYG -- OWATONNA (MARYG@SELCO.LIB.MN.US)
Sun, 21 Jan 1996 12:14:33 -0600 (CST)

Actually, I wasn't being all that smug. Well, maybe a little. It was a very
stressful day here in our busy, medium-size public library. I can't tell you
how many times I've purchsed videos from B&T, only to find them discounted
even lower at - you guessed it - Wally World. I've been buying videos ever
since they first hit the market, and when even the big library jobbers can't
compete - it's time to take another look at what we're doing and HOW we're
doing it! I also disagree about pre-release information. B&T puts out all
kinds of pre-street date info, but I guarantee, it will probably be on the
shelves at Wal-Mart, and cheaper, before you get your copy in the mail. And
what's the big deal anyway! A title like "Indian in the Cupboard" will be
in just about every home in America that has a kid in it. I wouldn't mind
owning it myself. The point is, we don't and can't compete with the video
stores, or even the retail stores! So our patrons have to wait a little while
before they can check out certain titles - that's the real world. If you
want it FAST - and sometimes cheaper - check out your local discount stores.

MaryGontarek
Owatonna Public Library
Owatonna, Minnesota