Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer to watch my detective fiction on DVDs. Not only is it nice to have an actually physical copy of a film or TV series that you truly love, but often the rare stuff that I like can not be found on streaming services such as Netfilx or Amazon Prime. Many download stores such as iTunes and Google Play, do not have anywhere near a wide enough selection to satisfy my tastes, so I am afraid that for now I am sticking with the good old DVD. Heck, I was five years after everyone else to finally give up and move on from my trusty old video player, so I’m in no rush to move on now either.
When I buy DVDs, I like to make sure that I get the most for my money, so I thought that I would share a few things that I have picked up over the years, that might just help you do the same too.
A lot of the time when I am bidding for things on eBay I find it useful to set myself an absolute maximum bid that I am willing to go to. Even if the DVD is fairly rare and is something that I really want, getting into a bidding war with another interested buyer is only going to push up the price. You can almost be certain that another copy of the same DVD will be coming up for sale sometime soon, so try and wait for another auction where you do not have any competition. I find it useful to set eBay alerts so that I get informed each time a movie or TV series comes up for sale that I am after. That way you do not need to constantly keep checking for it yourself every day.
When buying from online DVD stores, or any store that sells movies, I like to check for discount coupons before I make payment, as a lot of sites seem to offer them. My favourite place to get codes at the moment is Fliggo.com, the site for UK discount codes, and they seem to be pretty good at keeping up to date with all of the latest promos that store are running. There have been many times in the past where I have got 50% or even 60% off the listed price, but sadly this does not seem to happen every single time.
I find car boot sales pretty useful for picking up mystery DVDs too, although it is a but hit and miss and the same goes for charity shops One tip that I can offer is to speak to the manager of a charity shop and tell them about the type of DVDs that you are always looking for. If they are friend;y enough, they might offer to put any interesting ones to one side for you, so that you can have first refusal on them when you come in.