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Posted 1/15/16 , edited 1/15/16
To those who still purchase physical media, I ask: Seeing as you can get them all for free online, does it seem prices are too high nowadays? Have you set limits on what you will and won''t buy? What do you do when you get bored with your disks(sell/donate/trash)? How do you feel about owning longer series? I'm not looking for a few specific answers for just these questions, I'm wondering how you feel about owning vs streaming and if you believe physical media are becoming obsolete?
Posted 1/15/16
I like to own physical copies.

Makes me more dedicated to that series that i'd spend money to get a copy of it.

Cough cough hyperdimension limited edition bluray/dvd

I don't have a problem.... XD
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Posted 1/15/16
I buy CDs, DVDs and blurays all the time. I don't like buying digital formats because I feel the need to physically own it.

As for prices, they may seem a little high at first, but I think most of them are priced right. Music cds for example, buying one means you're supporting the musicians, the record labels, the art designers, and everyone involved in the project. When you think of it like that, the price isn't high at all ( ̄▽ ̄) Same thing with series, shows and such

I'm also a sucker for limited edition things, so my money gets sucked out quite frequently

When I get bored of them? I just keep them in my collection. A lot of times I'd find myself coming back to them a few years later.
Posted 1/15/16
I like owning physical copies too.

Digital just isn't the same
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I personally like to own series I enjoy on Bluray because nothing really beats Bluray quality in terms of online streaming. FUNimation's player/encoding is a joke for their online stuff. And even shows that look good on streams still look far better on Bluray.

Besides that, I like to show my support for the series I think deserve it. I typically go for the limited editions when they're available. I have no set budget, but I'm usually picky in what I'll buy.
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Posted 1/15/16
I'd buy CDs and DVDs because I personally like to own things but the problem is well...Money >_<
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Posted 1/15/16
i have a bad habit of collecting stuff

but i dont really buy DVDs or CDs anymore unless it's something i really, really enjoy.
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Posted 1/15/16
Blu rays from my local disc replay are cheaper than digital downloads and nothing sounds better than a good record for home use
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Posted 1/15/16
If I really like something I'll buy a physical copy. For the most part streaming is okay, but if you really like it high quality physical is the best way to go. Especially since you never know when a licence will expire and that show you liked won't be available anymore.

And it's that way for most things, I use streaming for shows, the library for books, and rentals for movies. But the things I really like I buy a physical copy, and usually the best version available (Bluray for shows and movies, hardcover for books) because I already know I really like it because I'm buying it, so I want a great version. About the only thing I don't buy physically anymore is PC games; most of them are just steam codes and a disc anyways. But if there was a game I really liked that had a DRM free physical release then I'd get that physically too.
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"All Your Movies, Forever[tm]" is not just a lie by the digital companies. It's THREE lies.

You won't find them All.
They won't be Yours.
And as such, you won't get to keep them Forever.
But at least they'll still be Movies--One out of four is a pretty bad average.

(Or rather, a "lie" implies deliberate deception. Which does not apply to the studios and digital companies actually believing it themselves, because they don't actually use the product and don't know how it really works, and don't have any real backup plans for what to do if it all comes crashing down.)

Studios (especially Warner) hate selling disks on retail shelves, hate the fact that they stop making money once we do buy the disk, and want to convince us we "don't really want disks anyway."
I don't know about you, but I NEVER believe anything big studios tell me....Do you?


HughJack wrote:

To those who still purchase physical media, I ask: Seeing as you can get them all for free online,


(drink-spray!) "Free"?? Where?
Oh, wait, don't tell me, "Netflix", right?--"I gave away my disk collection because I could find them all on Netflix!"

Yeah, I remember those good old days of 2010, when Netflix used to show actual movies, before the studios got too greedy, skipped over the subscription services because they weren't getting direct point-to-point payment for the movies like they could on Vudu and Flixster, and Netflix had to convince us that watching Daredevil was more interesting than watching hundreds and hundreds of indie Food Inc. and weed-legalization documentaries.

It happened to cable, and now it's happening to subscription. (Looking through Amazon Prime's catalog is just plain depressing.)
Where will it happen next?
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Posted 1/15/16 , edited 1/15/16
Only thing I buy physical anymore is Blu-ray and the occasional DVD for anime, TV shows, and movies that I really enjoy. I guess I just don't feel that attachment some people do to physical products and don't have that need to physically own it either. Also, financially speaking, streaming is much easier on the wallet as a whole rather than buying a bunch of disks. Not to mention shelf space.

I've pretty much completely switched to digital or streaming for video games, music consumption, TV shows (I completely dropped cable), and pretty much everything else. I honestly don't remember the last physical video game I bought or my last CD I purchased.
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Posted 1/15/16
My hipster response: "I only buy vinyls of albums I truly enjoy"
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In 10 years (or whenever), when the license expires and Kyousougiga has lost what little fanbase it has, and re-licensing costs more than it makes, how will I watch it unless I have a physical copy? When Bandai went under, we lost things like Haruhi Suzumiya and Code Geass (I've heard Funi re-licensed Geass for NA, but that was a while ago, and I see no plans to bring it out). If I didn't have those on DVD, I wouldn't be able to watch them, short of learning Japanese and shipping over the un-subbed versions.

If a company goes under, you're screwed. Even if a company doesn't go under, if a license for an obscure show expires, it may not be worth the company's money to extend it -- regardless of whether it's your favorite show ever. If it's a show I really like, I want to make sure I can watch it when I want, so I buy physical copies. If I wouldn't mind never seeing a show again in my life, I don't bother.

Music has similar reasons, but you can usually download music straight to hard drive, so the above reasons are not as salient. Usually, however, I still buy CD's mostly because I can get better sound quality ripping from CD than I can downloading, although FLAC for download is becoming more widely available, which is nice.
Posted 1/15/16
If I'm a huge fan of a series, I usually just buy the physical media to keep as decoration? I don't really do anything with it, besides staring at it thinking, "Wow I got great tastes, but I have absolutely no use for these merch".

I haven't bought anything in months, though. There's not many series that make me want to buy the merch, there's not even any that makes me want to watch episode 2, lol.
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Posted 1/15/16
For games I typically buy online. Simply because I am getting 75% off. Of course I am a PC master race gamer so most stuff is digital anyways.

Music I won't buy a CD because I get more than I want. I also don't like buying from most places online because they don't give me mp4a and lossless quality quality. The exception is band camp. I'll pay for quality

For anime series, physical or nothing. I don't want to buy a bunch of anime only to find the place I bought it from shut down.
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