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Old 05-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #106
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On most occasions the disc is out on netflix before I get the steelbook release. Here and there I get a few steelbooks before they are even released in the States on blu-ray. That is when I open it to watch and then snap photos for ebay.

A general rule of thumb is I buy around 10 of each title for steelbook unless its a hot seller like Captain America where I have already bought and sold around 80 so far.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:11 PM   #107
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Except for obscure titles, new releases not yet available to Netflix, and some catalogs that they decided didn't need to stock (along with the DVD), Netflix has a huge selection of Blu-rays. If one can't wait to watch a new release, then there is always Redbox. For everything else the purchase option is still available.
Well, I traded off Netflix Blu-ray by mail for Netflix streaming, Redbox kiosks and buying Blu-ray catalog and older releases on sale through Amazon or local retailers. I have plenty stacked to watch and I like getting Blu-ray quality I can own forever for under $10.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:15 PM   #108
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Well said Bruce! That's exactly how I feel. That's why my Bluray collection is so much smaller than my DVD collection. Back then I was at Best Buy every Tuesday to get that first week release price. And the usually got me for another title or two if they were priced right. My DVD collection grew fast! But like you said. It has become worthless. I'd rather give them away to friends and relitives if it's a title they want. Which I've done when I've bought the Bluray version. Now I am a much smarter shopper when it comes to movies. And it's not because I don't like Bluray or have a grudge against it because of the format war. I wouldn't have bought many HDDVD titles either.

It's also because prices are so damn high. I just saw Real Steel for 30 bucks at Target. 30 bucks?! Are you friggin kidding me? Maybe I just don't remember. But I do not remember DVDs jumping up that much. They are crazy. I think it's because sales are slow so they are not getting the money with volume so the hike up the price.
Retailers set various prices for Blu-ray so they can harvest the most revenues from highly involved consumers that want a particular title right now and those that are looking for value.

I have not spent more than $15 on a Blu-ray movie IIRC for more than a year now with the exception of a few titles that I was craving for their release ever since the format war started.

For the past year the average price for Blu-ray movies sold at retail has been pretty constant based on the HMM weekly data.
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On most occasions the disc is out on netflix before I get the steelbook release. Here and there I get a few steelbooks before they are even released in the States on blu-ray. That is when I open it to watch and then snap photos for ebay.

A general rule of thumb is I buy around 10 of each title for steelbook unless its a hot seller like Captain America where I have already bought and sold around 80 so far.
That sounds like a pretty good business proposition. Good for you.
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