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How much do you budget for monthly Blu-ray/DVD spending?

mswoods1
04-14-2009, 08:20 PM
I give myself about $100 each month to spend on Blu-rays.

For equipment, I don't really have any budget since they're not constant expenses. I just try to find a right balance of spending enough money to get quality and not spending too much money when buying equipment.

How about you?

HD Goofnut
04-14-2009, 08:38 PM
I give myself about $100 each month to spend on Blu-rays.

For equipment, I don't really have any budget since they're not constant expenses. I just try to find a right balance of spending enough money to get quality and not spending too much money when buying equipment.

How about you?

I haven't bought a SD DVD in nearly a year and I try to limit my BD purchases to around 5 or less titles per month.

mshulman
04-14-2009, 08:50 PM
I spent a lot more when the format war was going on. I've slowed down since, simply because a lot of the titles I bought were catalog. I've just been more particular in what I get lately. The BOGO's were a big reason I bought as many as I did in the past.

bruceames
04-14-2009, 08:57 PM
I've never really budgeted for movie buying, but I've cut way back lately and just use Netflix for Blu-ray and my shelf for HD DVD. :D

kamspy
04-14-2009, 09:09 PM
It depends.

Feast of famine.

Depends what's coming out, and if I go on an Amazon binge one night.

mytime
04-14-2009, 09:10 PM
If I want it and I have the money, I buy it.

Bravestime
04-14-2009, 11:07 PM
If I want it and I have the money, I buy it.

Same here. I really don't have a budget on movies. If I see I want a movie I'll get it. I will usually wait for the price to drop or catch it on sale, but if there is a title I want now then I'll get it then.

iDarren
04-15-2009, 02:49 AM
I refuse to spend money on Blu rays!

MikeRox
04-15-2009, 05:00 AM
I don't budget for Blu-ray, I budget everything else about how much I've blown on films/games/booze :lol:

Nikopol
04-15-2009, 05:20 AM
Don't have a budget. I have price points for certain movies. Once they are met, i buy.

dsskid
04-15-2009, 05:36 AM
I refuse to spend money on Blu rays! :roflmao:

Then I guess you must have stolen the 200 or so BDs that you own. :eyecrazy

dsskid
04-15-2009, 05:42 AM
I've cut back lately, too many other expenses. I just mailed out a check of $2400 for what I owed for federal tax :eek:, and still paying for my daughter's Sweet 16 party scheduled for September :eyecrazy. I do buy if it's a must have movie, and I can get it for a fair price. My wife already thinks I have too many, but I justify it to by saying if she can get her nails done every week, then I'm entitled to a BD a week. :thumbsup:

iDarren
04-15-2009, 05:59 AM
I've cut back lately, too many other expenses. I just mailed out a check of $2400 for what I owed for federal tax :eek:, and still paying for my daughter's Sweet 16 party scheduled for September :eyecrazy. I do buy if it's a must have movie, and I can get it for a fair price. My wife already thinks I have too many, but I justify it to by saying if she can get her nails done every week, then I'm entitled to a BD a week. :thumbsup:

Fair enough too! :D

MikeRox
04-15-2009, 06:31 AM
:lol: nice one. I've actually sold more BDs than I've bought recently. I was back down to 96 last I counted. (I was at 120 odd in Feb)

I've started renting 6 discs at a time (through 2 rental accounts) meaning there's always something to watch rather than buying films the same these days due to the number of blind buys that went wrong and with the release schedule going into overdrive now, even thinking about trying to keep up with what I want is completely unrealistic so renting is the best way, and then just pick up the truly great films (when they've dropped a bit unless I want them instantly!) ;)

dsskid
04-15-2009, 06:36 AM
:lol: nice one. I've actually sold more BDs than I've bought recently. I was back down to 96 last I counted. (I was at 120 odd in Feb)

I've started renting 6 discs at a time (through 2 rental accounts) meaning there's always something to watch rather than buying films the same these days due to the number of blind buys that went wrong and with the release schedule going into overdrive now, even thinking about trying to keep up with what I want is completely unrealistic so renting is the best way, and then just pick up the truly great films (when they've dropped a bit unless I want them instantly!) ;)

I've been renting more also, for the same reasons that you stated.

HD Goofnut
04-15-2009, 07:27 AM
I've cut back lately, too many other expenses. I just mailed out a check of $2400 for what I owed for federal tax :eek:, and still paying for my daughter's Sweet 16 party scheduled for September :eyecrazy. I do buy if it's a must have movie, and I can get it for a fair price. My wife already thinks I have too many, but I justify it to by saying if she can get her nails done every week, then I'm entitled to a BD a week. :thumbsup:

That's a good idea. I'll tell my wife to start getting her nails done every week and her hair cut more often and then I can buy more BDs.

MikeRox
04-15-2009, 08:03 AM
Just be careful... the nails and frequent haircuts will quickly become "essentials" that mean you can have fewer "luxuries" like Blu-rays on tight weeks :p

Dare
04-15-2009, 12:31 PM
How much do you budget for monthly Blu-ray/DVD spending?

At the moment?

Zero... point... zero.

sigill
04-16-2009, 12:37 PM
I try to spend no more than 40 a week on DVD and BD's. Some weeks its a bit more and other weeks its less but its usually around 160 a month.

dangerdoc
04-16-2009, 12:53 PM
At the moment?

Zero... point... zero.

Is that because you have no money or the movies aren't that great?

Dare
04-16-2009, 12:57 PM
Is that because you have no money or the movies aren't that great?

Money. There are still a few movies and TV shows I would buy.

digs5446
04-16-2009, 03:33 PM
Until I get a significant increase in discretionary income, I've limited my viewing to:

*Netflix 2-a-month for new release BD's that I didn't see in theaters (rarely go to the theater anymore)

*Crazy good deals/promos on BD's at Amazon, like the Bond deals around Black Friday last year, a freak instance of From Hell being $8.99 for a few hours...and sometimes I'll combine an Amazon gift code (which I earn through credit card rewards points) with a crazy sale, like Band of Brothers for $37 some time ago.

*A ton of $4 and $5 sealed HD DVDs lately from Traderbora (Amazon seller). Incredible value for 1080p HDM assuming my player holds up. Will consider more blind buys as/if the prices drop to the $3 level. I don't beleive the BD versions will ever approach a price where I regret paying what I did for the 30-ish HD DVDs I recently bought.

*Haven't bought an SD DVD in a while and don't plan to, although I'm tempted to get a used copy of the the Hot Fuzz 3-disc because nothing like it exists in HD or has been announced.

kamspy
04-16-2009, 03:38 PM
Money. There are still a few movies and TV shows I would buy.

Which industry is kicking your ass buddy?

I just got called back from a 3 month lay-off, so I feel ya.

HD Goofnut
04-16-2009, 05:54 PM
Until I get a significant increase in discretionary income, I've limited my viewing to:

*Netflix 2-a-month for new release BD's that I didn't see in theaters (rarely go to the theater anymore)

*Crazy good deals/promos on BD's at Amazon, like the Bond deals around Black Friday last year, a freak instance of From Hell being $8.99 for a few hours...and sometimes I'll combine an Amazon gift code (which I earn through credit card rewards points) with a crazy sale, like Band of Brothers for $37 some time ago.

*A ton of $4 and $5 sealed HD DVDs lately from Traderbora (Amazon seller). Incredible value for 1080p HDM assuming my player holds up. Will consider more blind buys as/if the prices drop to the $3 level. I don't beleive the BD versions will ever approach a price where I regret paying what I did for the 30-ish HD DVDs I recently bought.

*Haven't bought an SD DVD in a while and don't plan to, although I'm tempted to get a used copy of the the Hot Fuzz 3-disc because nothing like it exists in HD or has been announced.

You don't want the Hot Fuzz HD DVD combo? I think I paid $8 for mine and it was well worth it.

Jed
04-16-2009, 06:19 PM
Which industry is kicking your ass buddy?

I just got called back from a 3 month lay-off, so I feel ya.

kamspy,
I just hope its not to remove all the equipment from the plant and send it to communist china. This happened to me about four years ago.

All the jobs that been lost in my area are permanent. Not one place has any recall.

I never seen so many places closing so fast in my life. Even my mom said its worse now than what it was in the great depression.

The only job that was available was to deliver 55 newspapers that was about 45 minutes from my home. Now even the newspaper is permanently cutting back and even is facing bankruptcy.

By the way I am still buying some blu rays if they are priced below $20 and I really want them, which is not very many.

digs5446
04-16-2009, 06:31 PM
You don't want the Hot Fuzz HD DVD combo? I think I paid $8 for mine and it was well worth it.

Oh, I have that already (and Shaun of the Dead - both brilliant!), but the 3-disc DVD has alot of exclusive extras including FOUR commentaries. It's the ultimate collector's set in terms of bonus content.

Dare
04-16-2009, 06:37 PM
Which industry is kicking your ass buddy?

I just got called back from a 3 month lay-off, so I feel ya.

Internet/web/graphics.

kamspy
04-16-2009, 09:41 PM
Internet/web/graphics.

Ooh.


http://www.highdefforum.com/image.php?u=53823&dateline=1197535763

All the guys I know in the Web2.0 biz are going through the same thing.

PFC5
04-17-2009, 02:53 AM
Don't have a budget. I have price points for certain movies. Once they are met, i buy.

That is what I do also. I have been so busy working since my last buying binge in December, that I have not bought one HD title on either format this year yet. :eek:

I must have over 20 titles i have not even opened the seal on yet. :o

I've cut back lately, too many other expenses. I just mailed out a check of $2400 for what I owed for federal tax :eek:, and still paying for my daughter's Sweet 16 party scheduled for September :eyecrazy. I do buy if it's a must have movie, and I can get it for a fair price. My wife already thinks I have too many, but I justify it to by saying if she can get her nails done every week, then I'm entitled to a BD a week. :thumbsup:

I had to pay about the same amount in taxes also. i also have a son graduating from HS in a month and we are planning a big party with a DJ for that, and then he is off to college at over $30k/year and will likely take the PS3 with him when he goes. I guess i will have to buy another PS3 and dupes of the COD games to play against him online while he is away (20 miles only so we will still get his laundry & food costs I bet :lol:)

Nikopol
04-17-2009, 03:07 AM
That is what I do also. I have been so busy working since my last buying binge in December, that I have not bought one HD title on either format this year yet. :eek:

I must have over 20 titles i have not even opened the seal on yet. :o

[...]

I am using the Amazon sites (US/UK/FR/DE) to track the discs i care about. Once i hear of a film or show i might want, it goes on the Amazon wishlists and can stay there for months. In the meantime i do some research about the disc or film, read reviews once available, try to rent it first if possible. Then once i've made up my mind about wether or not to add it to my collection, i'm waiting for sales/cheap prices.

Through the waiting alone, a lot of discs get kicked off the list as i change my mind about them. So when i finally see the discs for sale, i can 'impulse buy' at once but don't get carried away with getting fillers or films don't really want. This has greatly reduced me buying duds, which i have done too much at the beginning of my HDM days with both HD DVD and Blu-ray. There are hardly any films i need to have on release day (like TDK and Wall-E), so the waiting game works well for me. :thumbsup:

dsskid
04-17-2009, 06:19 AM
That is what I do also. I have been so busy working since my last buying binge in December, that I have not bought one HD title on either format this year yet. :eek:

I must have over 20 titles i have not even opened the seal on yet. :o



I had to pay about the same amount in taxes also. i also have a son graduating from HS in a month and we are planning a big party with a DJ for that, and then he is off to college at over $30k/year and will likely take the PS3 with him when he goes. I guess i will have to buy another PS3 and dupes of the COD games to play against him online while he is away (20 miles only so we will still get his laundry & food costs I bet :lol:)
I feel your pain. My older daughter is getting her associates in 5 weeks, but thankfully she doesn't want any kind of celebration until she gets her bachelors degree. By then my younger one will be graduating high school, and we're planning a trip to Italy as a gift to both.
Geez...it never ends. :eek:
I sure hope BD prices come down soon.

PFC5
04-17-2009, 04:11 PM
I feel your pain. My older daughter is getting her associates in 5 weeks, but thankfully she doesn't want any kind of celebration until she gets her bachelors degree. By then my younger one will be graduating high school, and we're planning a trip to Italy as a gift to both.
Geez...it never ends. :eek:
I sure hope BD prices come down soon.

Yeah. Kids are the gift that keep on costing long after you would think they should. All we have is the thought that one day THEY will be picking the nursing home we might be living in at the end. :eek: :lol:

dsskid
04-18-2009, 04:57 AM
Yeah. Kids are the gift that keep on costing long after you would think they should. All we have is the thought that one day THEY will be picking the nursing home we might be living in at the end. :eek: :lol: I hope they actually put some thought into it. :lol:

Bravestime
04-18-2009, 08:57 AM
I've cut back lately, too many other expenses. I just mailed out a check of $2400 for what I owed for federal tax :eek:, and still paying for my daughter's Sweet 16 party scheduled for September :eyecrazy. I do buy if it's a must have movie, and I can get it for a fair price. My wife already thinks I have too many, but I justify it to by saying if she can get her nails done every week, then I'm entitled to a BD a week. :thumbsup:

That's the same arguement I use when my wife brings up my Blu-ray buying habits. I also throw in the cost of her constant nail care aswell. It always works to calm the "discussion". :thumbsup:

MikeRox
04-19-2009, 08:03 AM
I find an authoritive "STFU bint!" also gets results... just not the ones you want :o :lol:

soupnazi
04-20-2009, 12:43 AM
Is there anyone like me that has shelves full of discs with movies that you may never watch again. But maybe, just maybe you think you will watch it again so you hang on to it.
Now I always ask myself if I'm going to watch it repeatedly before I spend my hard earned cash on it.
I don't even really look at buying dvds anymore either, just blu-rays. If I'm going to buy it, it's probably worth buying on blu-ray anyways.

As for a blu-ray budget. I fall into the consensus that the titles being released on blu-ray dictates the budget.

digs5446
04-20-2009, 08:08 AM
Is there anyone like me that has shelves full of discs with movies that you may never watch again. But maybe, just maybe you think you will watch it again so you hang on to it.

I definitely fit in that camp, but I'm fine with it. Freinds/family will see my 400+ DVDs and say "how many times are you really going to watch that?", and I usually reply "how many of your hundreds of CDs do you still listen to?". They usually have a blank expression on their face at that point, or still shake their head and think I'm crazy.

The thing is, I consider myself a collector so even if I won't watch a certain title every year or whatever, i get a certain satisfaction by watching my collection grow and glancing over the spines of all the DVDs up in my huge rotating tower.

Also, there's something I really like about the thicker cardboard-type packaging of some of the special editions and multidisc sets with their collectibe booklets, slipcases and whatnot. I do like how you can fit more of the smaller BD/HD DVD cases in a given space, but you lose something when all of the cases look the same. I think studios have skimped more and more on booklets and packaging and the days of early-mid 2000's maybe be looked back on as a sort of golden age when it comes to special editions. :2cents

Semp1
04-20-2009, 11:56 AM
I have no budget but I average $300 a month...

sigill
04-20-2009, 12:17 PM
Is there anyone like me that has shelves full of discs with movies that you may never watch again. But maybe, just maybe you think you will watch it again so you hang on to it.
Now I always ask myself if I'm going to watch it repeatedly before I spend my hard earned cash on it.
I don't even really look at buying dvds anymore either, just blu-rays. If I'm going to buy it, it's probably worth buying on blu-ray anyways.

As for a blu-ray budget. I fall into the consensus that the titles being released on blu-ray dictates the budget.

Another one here. i would say over half my DVDs have never been watched more than once. I allways think one day i might just watch them again so i won't chuck any of them away. I'm trying to be a bit more selective with my Blu-ray buying!

The_Omega_Man
04-20-2009, 06:18 PM
Zippo! I am totally focused on the 200+ movies that I have bought and have not watched yet!....I still haven't seen TDK! or even Spiderman3! :D

soupnazi
04-20-2009, 07:25 PM
I used to sell quite a few of my old dvds on eBay but now it's tough to get anything worth selling them for. At least if I can sell some of them for a couple of bucks, my paypal account adds up to saving a little on replacing the ones I want on blu-ray. I plan on selling my three X-Men dvds soon and buying the blu-ray trilogy. I might get a little more for them because of some hype about the new Wolverine movie.

I seen the X-men blu-ray trilogy advertised for $54.99 cdn and it comes with $10 Wolverine movie cash. Not a bad deal. 9 discs for the trilogy too, what's that about?

HD Goofnut
04-20-2009, 07:54 PM
I used to sell quite a few of my old dvds on eBay but now it's tough to get anything worth selling them for. At least if I can sell some of them for a couple of bucks, my paypal account adds up to saving a little on replacing the ones I want on blu-ray. I plan on selling my three X-Men dvds soon and buying the blu-ray trilogy. I might get a little more for them because of some hype about the new Wolverine movie.

I seen the X-men blu-ray trilogy advertised for $54.99 cdn and it comes with $10 Wolverine movie cash. Not a bad deal. 9 discs for the trilogy too, what's that about?

I have been slowly selling my SD DVD collection on eBay for the last couple years and it is indeed getting harder to get anything for them. Most of my SD DVDs are fetching between $2-5 plus the cost of shipping, but that's the going rate ever since HDM came along.

Dare
04-22-2009, 08:30 AM
Is there anyone like me that has shelves full of discs with movies that you may never watch again. But maybe, just maybe you think you will watch it again so you hang on to it.
Now I always ask myself if I'm going to watch it repeatedly before I spend my hard earned cash on it.
I don't even really look at buying dvds anymore either, just blu-rays. If I'm going to buy it, it's probably worth buying on blu-ray anyways.

As for a blu-ray budget. I fall into the consensus that the titles being released on blu-ray dictates the budget.

Look at it this way; you're an archivist. You're doing your part to ensure that the movies you own will never be lost to the world over the centuries. :D

HD Goofnut
04-22-2009, 08:58 AM
Look at it this way; you're an archivist. You're doing your part to ensure that the movies you own will never be lost to the world over the centuries. :D

I feel sorry for the VHS and Laserdisc collectors. Not only were they out loads of cash, but those formats are beyond obsolete now. Also, there's a guy over at HDD (Kramer I believe) who has over 1300 BDs (Now that's a lot of money).

bruceames
04-22-2009, 10:12 AM
Zippo! I am totally focused on the 200+ movies that I have bought and have not watched yet!....I still haven't seen TDK! or even Spiderman3! :D

Tell me about it. That's where my focus is right now, and Netflix. After you buy so many in such a short period of time, you start to reevaluate when buying is the better option than renting.

I feel sorry for the VHS and Laserdisc collectors. Not only were they out loads of cash, but those formats are beyond obsolete now. Also, there's a guy over at HDD (Kramer I believe) who has over 1300 BDs (Now that's a lot of money).

Yeah, at least with HD DVD, it won't be obsolete from a performance standpoint until Blu-ray is. When will that be, if ever?

What's up with Kramer anyway. At least he doesn't make me look so bad. :lol: I hear that none of his collection is imports, which is strange for having so many.

soupnazi
04-22-2009, 11:05 AM
Look at it this way; you're an archivist. You're doing your part to ensure that the movies you own will never be lost to the world over the centuries. :D

True
The more I collect the better the chances are that these movie titles will survive WWIII

Originally Posted by HD Goofnut
I feel sorry for the VHS and Laserdisc collectors. Not only were they out loads of cash, but those formats are beyond obsolete now. Also, there's a guy over at HDD (Kramer I believe) who has over 1300 BDs (Now that's a lot of money).

I finally got rid of the last of my VHS tapes that were taking up room on a shelf a few months ago. I got rid of my VCR a few years ago :confused:
It's kinda like that joke about the guy that sold his TV to buy a VCR

HD Goofnut
04-22-2009, 12:01 PM
Yeah, at least with HD DVD, it won't be obsolete from a performance standpoint until Blu-ray is. When will that be, if ever?

What's up with Kramer anyway. At least he doesn't make me look so bad. :lol: I hear that none of his collection is imports, which is strange for having so many.

I took a look at his list on DVD Aficionado because I use that site as well and all the BDs that I looked at were region A. He has just about everything I think including chick flicks and documentaries so it looks like he has a bit of completist syndrome. If I had the money I'd do this with HD DVD though, just like you have.

Deja Vu
04-22-2009, 05:49 PM
I spend maybe $12.00/week which will rent 6 movies. If I bought half these movies I'd be spending $70 to $100 each week. I used to do this with DVDs and learned my lesson. I'll let them take up space in the rental store and if I ever want to see it again I'm happy to pay the $2.00 they charge - tough to beat that!