DVD prices in the States

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Caroline, Jun 16, 2001.

  1. Caroline

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    Having just returned from a driving holiday in the States (California, Nevada and Arizona) I can sadly confirm that DVD discs over there are not cheaper than here in the UK. We visited several stores in San Francisco, Bakersfield and Las Vegas and were disappointed to find that there were very few bargains to be had. Typical prices:
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on special offer at $19.99 + 8% tax which works out at £15.64. You can get it for £15.99 on Play247.
    Billy Elliott was on sale everywhere for $24.99 + 8% tax = £19.55. You can buy it in Morrisons for £15.99.
    These were typical prices. The cheapest place we found was Walmart where you could pick up DVDs for as little as $9.99 + 8% tax. But they were all low appeal titles. Even there Billy Elliott was $24.99+tax. I did buy Bullitt there for $14.99+tax (£11.73) saving just over £1 on the UK price of £12.99.
    Walmart did have a nice little touch though. You could scan the barcode of a DVD and a preview of the film would play on a TV. The same service was offered with music CDs. Pop on a pair of headphones, scan the barcode and you could play up to four tracks on the disc. Neat, eh!
    The best place to buy is over the Net or, if you're lucky enough to live near a Morrisons superstore pop in and save ££s. However, their choice is very limited. However, they do have Charlie's Angels for £15.99 and Erin Brokovich for £12.99.
    You decide.

    Caroline
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    Caroline

    The only time in the USA when retail prices for DVDs are cheap at shops are on their bank Holidays eg July 4th etc. As you correctly said internet sources are the best.
    Most people in the USA tend to buy from internet companies which are "out of state" so no state TAX.

    I'm sure you also realise that the £ is at a low against the $ :(

    Del :)
     
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    Try web stores in Canada (same R1 discs), but prices pretty reasonable

    Titan AE (DTS), Twister (DTS) ~ £13.

    £15-16 for premium titles inc postage and packaging :cool:
     
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    I know a couple of LA based DVD stores that give 20% - 30% discounts, though of course you do have to add sales tax.

    Shop prices in Canada are quite a bit less than in the US though - pretty much the same in $ sticker price but of course you get 2.13 CAN$ to the pound and only 1.40 US$. You can very easily claim back the sales tax on purchases over CAN$50 (total must be >CAN$200), as well as the tax you pay on hotels.
     

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