Saturday, February 28, 2015

CATEGORY - Entertainment

(Working my way through the article archives steadily. One great thing is I have found that the formatting on the site pages is 'read' here on Blogger... text, images, links. Great stuff. I have 'updated' a few, but this one needs a bit of attention. Sadly Blockbuster didn't make it this far. I know there are other donation or swap opportunities. I'll leave it up as is as VHS tapes still lurk in lofts and do offer potential in reuse)

Own up. Are you one of the millions of Britons who have shelves full of VHS or DVD movies which you never watch, that are now just gathering dust?

According to industry estimates,* there are over a billion VHS movies in British homes plus nearly half a billion DVDs. That's around 75** per household and the equivalent of over 350,000 years of movie watching pleasure.

With this growing mountain of movies, Blockbuster UK believes it's high time that film fans gave their movie collections a bit of a spring clean and brought unwanted or unwatched titles into their local Blockbuster to trade them in for store credit or cash. They can also use the visit to check out some movies they haven't seen.

The company recently launched a nationwide service that offers customers the chance to Trade-In unwanted movies, games and games hardware. One Cambridgeshire woman has already traded-in over 2,000 titles from her 6,000 strong collection, simultaneously clearing her loft and loading her wallet!

Up until now, the most traded-in movies have tended to be the big budget hits including The Matrix, Independence Day, Men in Black and Titanic. Even some of Hollywood's less than successful films like Heavens Gate, Cutthroat Island and Howard the Duck have a place in someone's collection or are on another fan's waiting list.

So whether it's streamlining a movie collection for a bit of extra cash or clearing out a few completed computer games, Blockbuster has the answer.

According to Alex Sparks, Managing Director of Blockbuster Entertainment Ltd, "With the success of DVD, many people have cupboards full of old videos that they'll never watch again. Conversely, there are movie buffs who can now at last afford to add 'hard to find' VHS copies to their film collections. So everyone benefits."

*The British Video Association estimates that VHS volume sales between 1985-2004 were 1,135,000,000 and DVD sales between 1998-2004 were 494,000,000.
**Calculations based on 2001 Census showing 21.7 million households.

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