The Sinful Fall of the DVD!!
I have perhaps 500 DVD’s, l only had roughly 380 before l dropped another 120 odd from my Father’s collection onto them. I thought l could sell them. I am now glad l didn’t bring his 600 CD’s with me from the last time l was at the house, as the market has dropped considerably in value on them.
The DVD’s as little as maybe 6 months ago, still had a market for them, but six months later, a mere six months and that market has declined rapidly. If l had the space of course, the time and the patience, l suppose l could set up a small store somewhere and proceed to sell them slowly to the market place, but l don’t and l don’t want to, so l am left with only a few choices which are becoming slimmer with each passing week.
Two years ago, private sales of DVD’s was much easier, not now, not any more, now it’s almost impossible. Charity shops are no longer wishing to take them either, but then, they are not wishing to take books. That’s a sin right there, and l think to the books at my Father’s house which will be cleared this week at some point, and dumped with out ceremony at a tip! I mean fuck sake, that’s just wrong! That all those books should just be disposed of because no one wants to read any more! It’s criminal. Even the libraries locally said no, l mean for goodness sake they are libraries meant for books and they even said no. “I am afraid we can’t we have too many books now, and well, not many people visit libraries and it appears not many people around here find pleasure in reading a book, have you tried the charity shops?”
Yes of course l have, their answers were similiar … “Books, on no l am sorry sir, but people aren’t reading them much anymore, so we are not taking any fresh ones on board, we have an over surplus in Deal alone of nearly 5000, and we can’t shift them, we are even thinking of dropping books as an item from our sales lists!”
I say to myself, if l had the space, the time, the patience … but then l think, so what? Books aren’t being read, DVD’s are not being watched, music CD’s not really being listened to … everything can be found on line. Much much smoother than handling a book and finding space for it, allowing it to gather dust, sitting there forlorn, unloved and lost on a shelf for months if not years, waiting to be picked up again and loved. It matters not anymore about time, space and energy – if the market isn’t interested all you’ll effectively be doing is flogging an already dead tree.
I tried Magpie over the weekend for sales on the DVD’s, some they only offered a penny for! A lousy bloody penny!! Some were worth more, some were worth 5pence, 12p and 45 pence. Some of dad’s were worth a quid, especially the Frank Sinatra ones and Audrey Hepburn, so you think, okay l will list those for sale as a specialist deal, and it matters not if you display them for 50p each, no one wants to know!! Plus Magpie were only interested in 178 DVD’s total and only offered me £60!!
I will try the other App later, Ziffit and see if they can take more of the 500 than a mere 178 and maybe offer more than £60, but l am not convinced they will either.
Of course, why am l surprised? When was the last time l watched a DVD? Well admittedly, l watched The Thing 1982 a few nights ago, but it was as l was zapping the DVD’s for potential sale l saw it, and thought, crikey it’s been years since l saw this on the big screen, and years since l last watched it on DVD . But the last time l watched DVD’s with any regularity was perhaps 3 years ago. My own collection, has been in a state of breakdown since 2015.
I too watch the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime for convenience.
It is indeed sinful in many respects how obsessed we have all become with the Internet, but hey it’s the future, we all live in the future, today and tomorrow and even our own yesterdays are mostly still the future. The golden age of books, DVDs and CD’s are now relics of who we used to be.