Today we welcome Carole from Chata Little Chat, discussing the classic movie dilemma: do you buy or rent videos? Here’s her take, I’d love to hear yours!
I love the movies. It started a long time ago…when I was first introduced to Gone with the Wind. One summer when I was a kid, I watched it about 16 times. That’s a lot of movie viewing. I enjoy all movie genres. Romance, Comedy, Action Adventure, Independent, Block Buster…I’m ready.
Some time in college, I started buying movies. My collection consisted mostly of Disney movies. I thought they would be collectables. So, my collection of VCR tapes slowly grew. Yes, “VCR”…I’m showing my age!
Later, as my desire to “own” increased, I started to buy any movie that I really enjoyed in the theater; something that I wanted to watch over and over again. Movies like When Harry Met Sally or Four Weddings and a Funeral were movies I could watch whenever I wanted; pause it and return to it. I didn’t have to wait for it to come on cable. Remember, this is when cable wasn’t as prevalent as it is now.
My father-in-law had the same philosophy. Why rent or wait for cable when you could own it and watch at your leisure? When he passed away, we inherited his collection of videos…5 rooms worth of videos. We amassed quite an eclectic inventory.
When the world moved to DVD’s, my husband and I vowed not to transfer our towers of tapes to DVD’s. We figured it would cost us a small fortune. So, just like the 10 other people in the universe, we held onto our VCRs and continued to watch movies on tape. That was a life-time ago.
Systematically, I’ve been converting my Disney tapes to DVD. As our boys get more interested in the movies we have, we realize that the tapes just don’t play the same; they stretch, the picture isn’t as clear, the sound is not as sharp, the VCR is an antique, I can go on and on. So, we replace them. Movies like Home Alone, Back to the Future, Mouse Hunt and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original with Gene Wilder is the boys’ favorite) are now on DVD. The replacements join the shelves with the other DVDs we have accumulated.
Lately, however, I’ve entered into a world that I dismissed early in my video viewing snobbery. I never rented a video. Why rent when for a few dollars more I could own and watch more than once and not have to worry about late fees? It was a no-brainer.
Now with Redbox, I’ve rented more in the last 3 months than I’ve rented in a lifetime prior. I can justify $1/night per movie. I don’t have to wait for it to come to cable or I can decide if it’s something we want to own. And, if I do it right, I earn credits so I minimize my expenses.
How do I decide to purchase?
I buy any movie that the boys will want to watch over and over again. Typically that means we’ve seen the movie in the theater; loved it; want to watch it whenever the mood strikes. Examples of recent purchases: Toy Story 3, Despicable Me and Nanny McPhee Returns.
For my husband and me, I buy old movies or series where we don’t have easy access (not on cable and not in syndication). These days, it is very rare that I buy a movie specifically for us.
I thought I was getting the best prices for movies at BJ’s Wholesale Club but I’ve found that Amazon can be a great competitor especially for newly released movies.
When do I rent?
As I mentioned, I rent more often these days. I actually took our 6-year-old with me to Redbox to pick out 2 movies he wanted me to buy. After he watched them, he decided it wasn’t so important to own the movies. That good decision saved me about $28!
Access to movies is expanded to include our cell phone, MP3 player, computer…only with a few strokes. Once you decide how and where you want to view a movie, it’s a matter of deciding what you want to see and the price you want to pay.
With the collaboration of her college friend Cabry, Carole Denise blogs at www.chatalittlechat.com— which was created as their very own blogosphere café. A place where they chat about their families, adventures, how to save money and things they enjoy.
Now it’s your turn to chime in. Do you buy, rent, or something else? Redbox? Netflix? None of the above? Let us know how it goes in your house! And just for fun, what’s one movie you can’t live without? Mine is Love Actually, we watch it every Christmas (multiple times). I also love Waking Ned Devine and have all the Harry Potter movies– despite this, we still watch it each time it comes on t.v. 😉