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Play no longer sell Region1?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Oakey, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Oakey

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    I don't know if this has been discussed before so please excuse me if it has.

    I was just on Play.com, I notice there's nothing to indicate Region 1, not even the usual link that takes you to Play's 'US' site.
    Anything to do with the court case I wonder?
     
  2. AndyL

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    Noticed that so just typed in this and it worked:

    www.playusa.com

    They've made them completely separate sites.
     
  3. hornydragon

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    :( Looks like the inevitable crack down and customs charges, delays are Coming home too roost! How long before R2 prices start creeping up? Is this the end of R1 Boom is everything Over £18 Declared going to get hit?
    Are they going to drop it to £11???
    Is this Government pressure or industry led???
    Market for Prerecorded Media must be ats its highest yet they cant see past there own nose While CD single sales have plumetted the DVD sales must have gone through the roof!!!
    I say stop the commercial pirates selling en mass at car boots dont Impale the man who wants the extra 3 seconds on the R1 release or the Directors full commentry!
    Madness and all this while UK film industry is struggling!
     
  4. KraGorn

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    This is a result of the law suits against Play and CD-WOW I would think in the crack-down against "parallel imports".
     
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    Another typical example of bureaucrats playing into the hands of the pirates.

    At the end of the day we are buying a legal version of the film and hence money is going to the film studios.

    I would also not be surprised if we started to see R2 prices creep up which at the end of the day will move the market to more dubious pirate sources which will help no-one in the long run.

    Crazy!!
     
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    And they wonder why people download music & movies of the net. :suicide:
     
  7. miniman

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    I R2 prices rise, I for one will not pay £20 for a disc, I'm fed up of being ripped off at every step! I don't mind paying a fair price but will find other ways if prices rise.
     
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    there are ways of getting R2 cheap...... for instance those working on the high street often get the dvds at trade prices.....

    there are plenty of ways around the system even for R1, even if things were made tough. It would just be a case of someone finding the loophole

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    A positive post at last on the customs debate.

    The reason why the only job for life is prevention:clap: :clap:
     
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    In most instances it is a legal thing though...... im not in any way suggesting illegal activity, rather circumventing it altogether. If the law were iron clad then we would have no need for the legal profession...... hence they right it with ambiguity to ensure their jobs! I have almost as little respect for the legal profession as i do for the medical profession!

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    don't listen to the customer service adviser on the phone when she tells you 'oh they dont usually charge anything anyway'.

    i just order my Firefly dvds at 27.99 and the postman left me a note saying i have to pay 8.99 at the post office to collect this.

    anywhere else i can get my R1 fix from within the uk/EU?

    i always thought that play.com used to ship R1 stuff from belgium.
     
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    how do they calculate import tax on DVDs?

    ie is it a percentage of total value ?

    eg how much would it be on a £36 DVD boxset?

    this really fobs me off!!... I mean talk about making life hard for the consumer.... it doesn't go well with trying and stopping piracy/bootleg stuff does it!
     
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    The customs chage is made up of 17.5% of the item price (usually quoted on the envelope) and then the post office add a £7 or £8 fee for their trouble. I think this is right, feel free to correct.

    Its all to make us buy British. I understand that in different territories films are distributed by different companys but when the country rips off its citizens left right and centre its no wonder the people give 'em the finger!

    Boo :thumbsdow
     
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    but don't we already pay 17.5% on all DVDs whether they're are region 1,2,3,4 ie as long as they are purchased in this country?

    I didn't know that the R1 DVDs play sold were at VAT-free prices? :confused:
     
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    i went to pick up my dvds and the 8.89 charge was made up of 4.89 vat tax (from 27.99) and 4 handling charge.

    this sucks
     
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    If you are paying a company who is operating outside UK and europe, then there wont be VAT charged. Same as if you go to america and buy a dvd there is no vat on it, they lump on a small sales tax instead.

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    I got LOTR extended edition delivered to me yesterday.

    A very large Customs sticker had been placed on the packaging informing me that I had to pay a surcharge for import duties.

    Now, that is all well and good, BUT, the package was delivered by the postman and I have no way of actually paying this charge. Nowhere on the package was any information on how or where to pay.

    Previously, if I have incurred this charge the package has been held by the Post Office until I cough up!!

    I won't be rushing out to pay this - if I owed them money then they shouldn't have been so stupied as to actually deliver the item!!
     
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    Thats the wrong attitude i fear......
     
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    marcowil: you will get an invoice through the post, addressed to you personally.

    I've had these invoices arrive weeks after buying (computer hardware) goods from USA, even with no sticker on packaging telling me there was tax and duty due.

    StooMonster
     
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    If people dont want to pay the custom duties why not just buy from inside the UK at a computer fair, they might seem more but if you buy from Play or CD Wow and they add an extra £8 ontop it will probaley work out cheaper.

    Also, why dont people use Movietyme, they have pretty good prices and they ship from the US to the UK and then re-send within the UK so you dont get charged anything.
     
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    I don't mind the customs duties on PC stuff, get it back in VAT reclaim anyway. :D Some PC stuff -- like the router I bought -- is only available in the US so there is no alternative but to import.

    I don't know, why don't people use MovieTyme? :clown:

    StooMonster
     
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    They cost more than the alternatives previously did

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    movietyme are as cheap or same as playusa now,plus you get no french writing, not that it bothers me, but i wont pay over the odds for all english covers, whichever is cheapest i will go for.
     
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    play do still sell r1 dvds but have moved the website comeplety from there site, the address as predictable is www.playusa.com
     
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    And they can prove you actually received the item how ???
     

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