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Exactly, i have been saying for a couple of years now that ebay will accelerate the death of the dealer, and i have to say i am playing my part in that.I never liked ebay in the early days and i still dont,however, i'm not a total moron and i f i want to sell a film i will use it. Why? Because of the prices you can get that no dealer would pay,for obvious reasons.
To put it in perspective, this year out of a total of approx 400 films i have sold a few shorts, namely some trailers i have had for years, a couple of short reels that i bought and were disappointing in condition after being told they were fine or good, a few pinking or red reels. all in all probably a total running time of approx 40-60 minutes worth of film.Either way it hasn't made a dent in our collection, and we are still looking to sell a few doubles we have. What this raised has allowed me to buy a digital projector to get me into big screen the other way,(and a very cheap way) and also three features and numerous shorts from dealers. Thats why i use it, sell films to buy films.
BUT. like some other members there is no way on earth i will pay stupid money for second hand movies, at the end of the day its a movie, you even know what's going to happen when you watch it. Rather than pay £1500 for Aliens, (& its a film i would like), i'd get the blu ray and put it across the same size screen, with better sound and no scratches. I do not prefer this method but aside the noise of the projector the result is virtually the same. The most i will pay for any two hour movies is no more than £250, then it would have to be in mint condition, and this would be pushing my thoughts as to shall i or wont i?
If you have a manic amount of dosh in the bank then of course the price wont bother you but i was bought up on an average wage by parents who taught me the value of money & how to appreciate what you earn, not to throw it down the drain. I have bought many films over the years and after watching it wished i happened parted with the money, not so much now, but years ago when you bought that A-B condition film and it was shit and full of scratches and you had to return it and often did not get your return postage costs back. Now a days if DVD or Blu ray is trashy you can throw it and not worry, especially if it was 50p at a boot sale.
But make no mistake, ebay will accelerate the dealers closing, you all must have read Barry of Indi 8s news on his latest list, the dealers simply cannot buy the titles we all want because they all end up on ebay.
I see also the announcement of the feature release of the spy who loved me, i would love a copy but come on, how much will that be? Be honest here, how many of you reading this will pay it?