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DVD shopiing in the US

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Miniholic, Aug 28, 2001.

  1. Miniholic

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm going over to Florida in a couple of weeks, anyone know of any good places in the Orlando area for buying DVD's, or are they cheaper on-line?

    Also are there any decent home cinema magazines that i should keep an eye out for while I'm there?

    Thanks for your help,

    Ian<br />ian@miniholics.co.uk
     
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    Hi Miniholic,off to the sunshine state - nice!! anyhow this place is a real nice friendly shop run by my friends Dave and Sarah(Dave came from England originaly)and their dog Bonnie,they are not the cheapest - same old story of small shops buying power verses big`uns !! can`t match them but they come damm close and sometimes better the big boys. - plus they have a great second hand section usually viewed once discs for normally under $10!! I bought half a suitcase full last time I was out there there. Heres the details,Laserific.2120 Whisper Lakes Blvd.Orlando.Florida.32837. - phone/fax=407-438-6099. The LAZYBOY shop is just across the road,get yourself in there and see the quality of those bad boys - my friend bought 2 back on his last trip out there,only cost $420 each - stunning chairs!! Other shops are just up the road at the junction where the Floride mall is (name escapes me at the moment) are `Best Buy` - `Costco` - and a few more - look out for the sunday newspaper they always have an advert for one of these shops doing a `one day only offer` of normaly about $10 knocked off the price of the new releases that day,that`s it for the moment if I think of any more I will post them here,have a nice time <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
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    I just got back from LA (which is a long way from Orlando I know), this is what I found. DVDs in shops not all that cheap (In Virgin megastore certainly NOT cheap). Tower records sold new releases at 19.99 US dollars - a week later the price was in the twenties and that weeks new release was 19.99. So if you are going go when the hot title you want is released otherwise not a lot of joy to be had.<br />There is a vast, huge and enormous selection of available titles though which kinda makes up for things in a way.<br />SOme title very definatly more expensive than in the UK (The Avengers TV series dics are not cheap - I was looking at the Emma Peel ones for reasons I refuse to explain, bit if I say 'Hellfire Club' I know I will strick a chord with some folks...)<br />Also the second hand market is much bigger there than here - whole walls full of second hand DVDs and CDs in outlets that do this stuff. popular new titles scarce though on s/h shelf - as you would expect.<br />also read a very interesting article in Variety (the aug 13 weekly edition) about DVD pricing and the rental market - well worth a read.<br />you can get a free 30 day access at <a href="http://www.variety.com" target="_blank">www.variety.com</a> and search the archives for interesting stuff on pricing. article 'Studios wage war on vidtailers' is a good start.<br />And no I don't work for Variety.<br />have fun in Orlando and good (DVD) shopping !
     
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    Try K Mart, Target and Walmart, all on 192 (W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway) Kissimmee. Good prices all the time, good clearance offers as well.

    One of the other replies suggested Laserific (http://www.laserific.com/) certainly not cheap and quite difficult to find. A staggering display of rental Laserdiscs though.

    Avoid Saturday Matinee in the Florida Mall like the plague, ditto Virgin in Downtown Disney.

    Bestbuy is good for new releases and the odd bargain (they were the cheapest place I saw the Sopranos Season 1 Boxset by $40.00). You'll get some good bargains as well in Circuit City, but you'll have to travel to Altamonte Springs to find one (about 30 mins from Orlando on Interstate 4).

    Forget about the numerous Flea Markets you'll see advertised and factory outlets are no good either.

    I hope some of this helps.
     
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    "Bestbuy is good for new releases and the odd bargain ..... You'll get some good bargains as well in Circuit City, but you'll have to travel to Altamonte Springs to find one (about 30 mins from Orlando on Interstate 4)."

    Bestbuy are pretty cheap. Circuit city come second. Last time I was in Orlando, (last November) there was a branch of Circuit City across the road from the Florida Mall. Florida Mall is where Sandlake Road and the Orange Blossom Trail intersect. Best Buy is on the OBT south of the intersection on the right if you're heading south. Circuit City is just off Sandlake Road on the East of the junction, on the left if you're heading east.
     
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    You know, I've been in Orlando 6 times now and I've never seen Circuit City and I've been in the Florida Mall zillions of times with my shopaholic wife. Thanks for the info. I'll be sure to visit the next time I'm there.
     
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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all the replys, looks quite promising. I'll definately be checking out a few of your recommendations (other half permitting... She wanted to go to see some parks or something <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ). I'm stopping in kissimmee on the 192 so the local ones will be quite handy, and the Florida Mall will be a definate stop-off anyway.

    Thanks again,

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    Mini, a few less dvd-related recommendations.

    For eating on 192 try:

    a) The Ponderosa Steakhouse for breakfast and dinner (all you can eat breakfast for $3.99, all you can eat dinner buffet for, I think, $6.99 and you can get a steak dinner for an extra 50 cents and still have the buffet!). Two locations, the best for breakfast is the north end of the road, near Target, K Mart and Walmart. The best for dinner is the south end, near Old Town.

    b) The Longhorn Steakhouse, quite close to the Old Town Ponderosa. Food has to be sampled to be believed.

    c) Sonny's Bar-B-Que Pit, North end of the road again near to Target and K Mart. Exceptional bar-b-que chicken, pork, ribs and beef at extremely good prices.

    d) Checkers burgers, all over the place. Stunningly good food at equally stunningly good prices.

    For entertainment, visit the UCI cinema at either Downtown Disney or Celebration locations. Movies how they should be seen and heard. There are other places to numerous to mention but be careful to avoid the crap (can I say that?) like Church Street Station (it might have closed down by now anyway, there was a news report of it's demise on tv when I was there in May/June).

    Parks. If you have kids, the Disney parks are a must. If you're travelling sans sprogs, Universal and Islands Of Adventure, Busch Gardens. Sea World is good for a one-off.

    Finally, make sure you have LOADS of cash and plastic, don't forget to add sales tax on to the price of your goods, sometimes a bargain is not as good as it seems at first, and ALWAYS USE A COUPON WHERE POSSIBLE. Coupon books can be picked up everywhere.

    And please, PLEASE look as though you're enjoying yourself. My friends over there are always complaining that the English go over there for the holiday of a lifetime and spend the entire time looking depressed and complaining.

    I hope some of this helps.

    Michael
     
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    Ian,

    A friend always uses bestbuy, sorry can't help you with location, but some good prices.

    OR

    you may want to consider depending how long you are their ordering from a web site, use a good one ie express or empire and get them delivered to your hotel. I found you pay web prices, USA postage (not alot!) can mass order with no problem with import charges and no dragging the wife to dvd shops.

    Regards

    Gary

    PS. order early but tell your hotel that a delivery is coming for you

    Good luck and enjoy
     

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