Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Rent movies, don't buy them

In Sydney, a movie DVD costs about $US15 to $US22. A rental for a week costs about $US3 to $US5.

Therefore, unless you intend to watch the same movie on, at least, 3 separate occasions - each spaced at least 1 week apart - it makes no sense to buy that movie. But who actually watches a movie that many times?

Therefore, it makes no sense to buy movies instead of renting them.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. I should move to Australia. DVDs in America are usually $25 to $30 and are about $4.25 for a 24hr rental.

And you can't even be sure if the place you're renting from is going to get all Block Buster and religious on you and that the version of the movie you're renting hasn't been edited to remove "objectionable" (to the corporation) content.

Then again, I haven't gone to a movie theater in ten years. I haven't bought a DVD in four years. If it isn't on cable television, then I download it. Screw the MPAA (and unlike most people, I actually mean it, rather than saying it and then dishing out my $30 for the newest special edition of Akira or LOTR).

Blue Lightning said...

I live in NZ and prices here are similar. However I do actually find I re-watch DVDs, so for me it's worth buying rather than renting if I like the movie / TV series. I've also found that rental DVDs don't get looked after and are often badly scratched, which can mean difficulties playing them.

Anonymous said...

And, of course, it's unlikely that the rental shop has got the movies I'd really want to see. When's the last time you saw a Douglas Fairbanks or Eisenstein movie in a rental shop?

Boudewijn

dave foster said...

DVDs in America are $25-$30? No, I don't think so. Every DVD I've bought has been $7-$20, I've never paid more than $20 for a DVD. Most have been around $14. (this is all USD)

DaBlade said...

Two words:
File Sharing. :)

Kelly said...

I don't watch many movies, but I watch the good ones over and over and over. Just like books, if it is worth seeing/reading twice, it worth reviewing at least 10 times.

Greg Gilbert said...

DVD's are about the same price here in the US, 15-25 dollars. While I don't know about rental costs these days, the main reason I usually end up buying them is not because I rewatch them, but because they frequently end up going unwatched for several days to weeks. I'll go get a movie with the intent to watch it that night and something will come up.

Sometimes I'll see it a day or two later, but in some cases it just ends up getting shunted aside for a month. Between that and getting around to return movies, the rental plan just doesn't work very well for me.

These days I use Netflix for most of my DVD watching, but I still end up buying DVDs when there's something I want to see on at a specific time.

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