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pre-order/purchasing DVDs

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by Ryan, Oct 30, 2002.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Icon

    Apr 24, 2002
    I am waiting, barely, for the special extended edition of Lord of the Rings--Fellowship of the Ring coming out Nov 12.

    Does it make more sense to buy this locally on the day of release rather than ordering online? Do they ship online orders early to arrive the day of release?
  2. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    Some internet vendors get them out early, some don't. My experience has been that you can't count on getting them on release day. Best bet is to go to a local store.
  3. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    For a major release, your best bet would be to go through a major store rather than mail order (ie Amazon). The stores often have the better prices on the week-of releases. For example, Best Buy will have Spiderman for $14.99 with the soundtrack being $8.99. Buy both together, and there is a instant $2 rebate. Many of the stores have their weekly ads on-line.

    For a minor release, mail order would be best.
  4. Martyva

    Martyva Guest DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Week of release blockbuster movies are sold at or below 5.00 off cost, in stores.
  5. EricG

    EricG Godfather

    Mar 28, 2002
    I used to pre-order to get better prices, but lately I've cancelled my pre-orders because I walk into Sam's Club and the DVDs are cheaper there!
  6. gcutler

    gcutler Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    Any time I have "Pre-ordered" (from many different internet vendors) I usually end up getting them at least a week after they are out in the stores.
  7. DarrellP

    DarrellP Hall Of Fame

    Apr 24, 2002
    If you choose the free shipping option, it takes as long as 10 days to receive them. I've been using BestBuy.com lately due to best price/digital coupons/quick shipping.

    My last 2 orders, James Bond Collection, shipped the Thursday prior to release date but I did not receive it until the following Saturday. Band of Brothers just shipped Friday so I don't expect to see it till next week some time.

    The plus side to waiting is you don't have to fight the crowds, waste time, be dissappointed when they are out of stock and with B.O.B I got a $25 digital coupon for my next order.

    BestBuy.com also guarantees their pre-order price. If the price drops in store on release day then they will give you a credit.
  8. lee635

    lee635 Hall Of Fame

    Apr 17, 2002
    I usually wait about a month or two, then check half.com and the used section of amazon.com. There's always a pack of used videos and DVDs for the taking. Sometimes, you can even pick up a shrink wrapped copy for a song.
  9. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    Usually, with the free shipping option, the items comes from Amazon's warehouse in Fernly (Reno), Nevada, which is just a day's shipping time.

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