My friends and I had a blast on a recent rainy Saturday night at my friend’s house watching old movie rentals from a video store called VHS. We had gotten together the day before to watch old movies and have a good time, but when we went home we were all excited about the movie selection and we began to wonder why VHS was being thrown out so often. Was it the disks themselves or was it the environment? It turns out that it was the latter, the environment is horrible for VHS tapes. There are all kinds of mold growing in all the cabinets, along with other creepy things like rotted out light bulbs and dead electrical cords.
When I first heard about this problem and realized that this was happening to VHS tapes everywhere, I immediately ran to the nearest computer and tried to do a little research. I knew enough about the environment to know that these things must be removed on a regular basis in order to keep the building looking spic and span, but I was very stumped by all the information I found. The main culprit seems to be water damage and flooding, which is why my friends had to call a plumber to come out and take care of the problem. He came out on time and did a great job, but was still not able to remove all of the mold and mildew, which is why the resort manager sent me to VHS heaven after he realized that I might have been able to save some of my comic books by putting them into my VCR. I ended up giving one of them to my friend who happens to live out on the coast.
I decided to give my friend a call since I really wanted to find out what kind of condition their VCR’s were in. Surprisingly, she told me that her VCR was in pretty good shape and was only needing a simple cleaning. I immediately asked her if she knew how much her VCR was worth and she said that it was actually less than twenty dollars. Now, when I was a kid I used to wonder how much my VHS tape collection was worth and then go find a store that had it priced for what I paid for it! VHS tapes have held their value since they were first introduced onto the market and I intend to keep mine.
There was also another movie store that my friend told me about. Their collection was mostly older movies that they had gotten as rentals when they visited this store. Of all the video stores that I have visited, this is the only one that offers you the option of renting out an old movie for free! This is a wonderful service because they do not need to make any money off of your rentals, which is why they offer this fantastic deal.
If you have ever been to the video store where your weekly video rentals come out, you know how slow and confusing it can be. It just keeps pulling until eventually you buy something that you didn’t want and then you have to start all over again. This is the exact same scenario with video stores that sell old movies. You walk in, you see the selection, and then you are instantly persuaded to buy something else. You then have to go home and store the tape so you can watch it later.
This is not the case with a used video store. Instead, once you get inside you immediately begin to admire the collection that you have on display. You would be surprised by how full the shelves are of classic, cult, and early foreign films. The employees at the stores are extremely friendly and you can have them help you find exactly what you are looking for. They have every title available, and most of it was obtained for free!