If VHS movies are what you are looking for, then now is the time to buy. Now advanceding technology has rendered VHS all but obsolete, those with functioning VHS players can find VHS movies for a fraction of their original price, both locally and online. Keep in mind that most of the tapes you buy will be used, since VHS movies are produced in drastically smaller numbers now than they were just a few years ago. In some cases, the quality of movies on used tapes that are several years old may be less than optimal.
Buying From Local Stores
Thrift stores and used bookstores are a great place to start when looking for cheap VHS movies. Salvation Army and Goodwill stores that rely on donations for their merchandise will often have a large selection of VHS tapes, often for $1 or less. For new VHS movies, overstock and dollar stores such as Big Lots, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Family Dollar sometimes have a few VHS movies, and they are usually less than $5.
Other Local Sources
Yard sales and flea markets are additional sources for cheap VHS tapes, with flea markets often having multiple vendors with large selections. If you are buying a number of VHS movies at a time, ask for a discount. Don't forget your local public libraries when looking for cheap VHS movies. Libraries weed their collections frequently, and often will sell cheaply those books and movies they no longer needed Some public libraries schedule special book and movie sales, so call and ask for the dates.
If you are looking for specific movies, or for new movies, it is often easier to find them online than it is to comb through your local stores, yard sales and flea markets waiting to find the titles you want. Even with shipping, VHS movies, especially those that are used, are often just as cheap online as in local stores.
Both eBay and Amazon have many vendors offering thousands of VHS tapes for sale, often literally for pennies if you are willing to buy used movies, with new VHS movies costing slightly more. Shipping is usually less than $5 for a single movie, and if you are buying several movies, many vendors will discount both the movies and the shipping costs.
Buying Cheap VHS Movies Online
Half.com has a special section offering VHS movies for $3.99 or less. With shipping included, most of the VHS tapes on this site cost less than $4. Movie vendors like Movies Unlimited also offer VHS movies for sale, although they are often more expensive than the vendors on eBay and Amazon. Its always a good idea to keep an eye on Craig's List and Freecycle, where you may find cartons of used VHS tapes for free - as long as you take them all off the poster's hands.
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