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I didn't really know where to put this since there's no section for older formats and I would be curious to hear from other "early adopters" of technology such as yourselves.

I've managed to accumulate a pretty large amount of VHS tapes (at least 500 more accurate guess would be well above that) before switching to dvd's (of which I actually only picked up about...100 or so).

The VHS tapes are in two locker cabinet type things that we got for cheap close to 10 years ago, and, well..they don't look nice and they take up much valued space.

I don't want to just throw out the VHS stuff since i'm sure someone, somewhere , who hasn't been as fortunate as we have, might still be able to watch and enjoy them. Did you guys just end up throwing yours out? Selling them on E-Bay?

I don't even have a VHS player hooked up to my home theater, just to the smaller tv's and bedroom bigscreen RPTV and I honestly can't even remember the last time I popped one in (years I think...maybe Bloodsport...classic movie)
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There are some VHS movies that are out of print and never made it to DVD. Those have some value, which could be anything from a few bucks to $100 or more. You have to check into it title by title to find out.

However, most VHS tapes have little to no value. I ended up selling what I could for 50 cents or a buck a piece at garage sales, gave away others that friends and family wanted, and threw the bulk of my collection out with the garbage. My home has been VHS free for many years now.
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Frankly...even the economically unfortunate have gone to DVD's years ago. I'd take them to the dump. With the exception of a few rare releases, they have zero value.

You might check with the local library and see if they are interested (probably not).

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There are some VHS movies that are out of print and never made it to DVD. Those have some value, which could be anything from a few bucks to $100 or more. You have to check into it title by title to find out.

However, most VHS tapes have little to no value. I ended up selling what I could for 50 cents or a buck a piece at garage sales, gave away others that friends and family wanted, and threw the bulk of my collection out with the garbage. My home has been VHS free for many years now.


i'm assuming disney has re-released everything on dvd by now?

i think everything else own are major hollywood movies and some crappy B-movies that probably shouldn't have been made in the first place.

List making time..
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Frankly...even the economically unfortunate have gone to DVD's years ago. I'd take them to the dump. With the exception of a few rare releases, they have zero value.

You might check with the local library and see if they are interested (probably not).

Yeah, just throw them out. Real useful..........

Follow the last part of advice he gave, take them to the library. To say that a library wouldn't be interested is totally ridiculous, they would be glad to take them and rent them out to people. Find a Goodwill store to take them to. Put them up on Craigslist for free, or like 10 bucks for everything. SOMETHING rather than just "take them to the dump."
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I have a few (12?) VHS cassettes which I transferred to DVD using a capture device into my Mac (I was using iDVD for the menus, chapters and stuff). In the meantime, the series was released on DVD, but I've got the impression that my hand-made transfers are superior to the official ones.

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Frankly...even the economically unfortunate have gone to DVD's years ago. I'd take them to the dump. With the exception of a few rare releases, they have zero value.

You might check with the local library and see if they are interested (probably not).

I agree none of my local libraries would take mine a few years ago.

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Yeah, just throw them out. Real useful..........

Follow the last part of advice he gave, take them to the library. To say that a library wouldn't be interested is totally ridiculous, they would be glad to take them and rent them out to people. Find a Goodwill store to take them to. Put them up on Craigslist for free, or like 10 bucks for everything. SOMETHING rather than just "take them to the dump."

You would be surprised at how few people actually watch VHS anymore. Libraries certainly don't want them. It's like offering up your 8 track collection.

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There are some items we simply can't use. These include weekly newsmagazines and newspapers, Reader's Digest Condensed Books, National Geographic Magazines (we get more than we can use), encyclopedias and science or technical textbooks and magazines more than five years old, and VHS format videos.

Sorry, 99% of VHS tapes and equipment is landfill material. That's technology for 'ya.
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before you donate or dump, i would transfer everything that is currently not on DVD. i dumped out my last VHS in 2000 and out of the 40 or so titles i had maybe more than half have already come out on DVD. with your larger collection it sounds like you'd be missing a lot more, but i did it mainly cause i had bought those movies at one time and so i own a copy of that movie and so i shall keep a copy of that movie. thats my interpretation of DRM.
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what tronn said (transferring to dvd), then maybe give to thrift store; call'em first, see if they'll take'em. i know a few low income folks, seniors; some of them still watch vhs and they go to thrift stores.
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The Salvation Army will take ANYTHING as a donation.
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The Salvation Army will take ANYTHING as a donation.

I can't say it better, so I'll copy:

Honestly evaluate the items you wish to donate - these organizations [the Salvation Army, etc.] spend a lot of money disposing of items that should have probably been recycled of disposed of in the first place.

Just because the Salvation Army will take ANYTHING doesn't mean everyone should go dumping their trash on them. VHS is dead, *nobody* wants that format anymore... even thrift store shoppers. So people may feel better about dumping their VHS tapes on the SA, but

A. it doesn't mean the items won't end up in a landfill anyway

B. it may actually cost the organization money, doing more harm than good

If you want to make a difference, find an organization that will recycle the tapes such as Lacerta. It's not free, but it's the green way to properly dispose of such useless technology. Another option is to be like Tom Hanks in Castaway and do something crafty or usefull with the tapes. Maybe make a basket or doormat out of them
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I've tried to the transfer VHS to DVD with mixed results...I keep a lot of around thinking one day I'll get interested in doing it again. I watched "The 13th Floor" a few months ago for giggles...it had been a while since I had seen a movie in VHS. All I can say is do yourself a favor and see how far it's come. Actually a lot of that collection is down at the family summer house but rarely gets watched unless it's my granny popping in some crappy movie.
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This reminds me of One movie it seems I will never be able to get in DVD. Thats Howard the Duck. Don't know Why but I love that movie... Wish it would hit R1 some time.
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This reminds me of One movie it seems I will never be able to get in DVD. Thats Howard the Duck. Don't know Why but I love that movie... Wish it would hit R1 some time.

Topweasel, we're in a very, very tiny club!

As for the VHS tapes? As much as it pains me, I've been slowly tossing them into the garbage. I doubt there are any gems in among them.
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do u guys ever get the feeling that some movies just HAVE to be watched in an old skool format, just for that feeling of nostalgia?

Not so much with things like starwars, since lucas keeps updating those to whatever the latest and greatest technical wizardry of the era is, but things like VanDamm Movies, the first few rambo's, bruce lee flicks etc?
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I still have VHS tapes that i watch every while. About 100 to be exact. I love movies so format or quality doesnt bug me unless its worse then VHS.
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This reminds me of One movie it seems I will never be able to get in DVD. Thats Howard the Duck. Don't know Why but I love that movie... Wish it would hit R1 some time.

Lea Thompson was so hot back then that I still regret I missed it !
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Transfering VHS to DVD can be as cheap as $50USD,a simple USB device is all you need.
For best results use a analog to digital device or a camcorder with analog passthrough,then connect via firewire.
I converted most of my VHS collection to DVD and threw the rest away.I have a 14 year old Panasonic VHS player and the thing still has a good picture,maybe I'll donate it to the Smithsonian.
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I use my vcr/vhs tapes to record radio. The audio is high quality and you can get HOURS of it. Have tons of old blues radio programming and such. Not that commercial stuff with the goofy advertising on it.
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Hello all, my wife has hundreds of VHS children tapes we would like to play for our grand children. What VHS player has the best connection and best performance. I'm sure I would have to pick it up on E-bay but I just can't see buying a hundred plus children's DVDs. Any thoughts on a good player.
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me n da skank still watch porno on dem vhs videos.
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