Okay, so they’re not dinosaurs just yet (unless you’re under 21). But, ironically, it’s technology that has enabled us to purge our own collection and ditch the DVDs.
I’d assumed that my husband would make one of his favorite jokes about my selling him next. Surprisingly, he agreed it was a good idea to ditch the DVD’s, most of which we’ve only watched once. In the process of my quest to ditch the DVDs, the husband has decided to shrink his own equal quantity of films – we’ll make a Live-Wellist out of him yet!
They’ve simply ended up being carted back and forth to the various storage units we’ve had over the years. And, when we have had them in the house, the majority have sat on the bookshelf collecting dust. If you do ditch the DVDs, you can always create a list beforehand in case you miss them and want to buy them again!
And, quite frankly, they’re just a reminder of how much money I’ve spent on them over the years. So, my MO had been to list the DVDs worth more money on Amazon and the rest have been taken to Cash Converters. Hopefully, they’ll be bought by somebody who doesn’t have much money or can’t afford to pay for new DVDs.
Ditch The DVDs: It’s A Family Affair
Well, the husband’s DVDs anyway. I got rid of the vast majority of mine back in November. I’ve used the same approach and listed higher value DVDs on Amazon and traded-in the rest for a £10.00 payout.
Ditch The DVDs: Virtual Movies
We have an Amazon Prime account which includes the streaming-video component of Prime which offers unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows. We also ditched our Sky package last year because by the end of the contract we were paying £58 per month for TV channels we just never watched. The TV channels we do watch are available on Freeview through a TV aerial/Freesat via a satellite dish.
Ditch The DVDs: Play With Fire
We also have a Fire TV Stick which gives us access to Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Netflix, etc. It also enables you to pick up where you left off when you’re traveling. You can plug the Firestick into any TV HDMI port, connect to Wi-Fi and continue watching your favorite TV shows and movies. And all for a one-off cost of £39.99!
Ditch The DVDs: Prime Cuts
As Amazon Prime members we also enjoy unlimited access to Prime Video which offers 1,000s of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost. This is as well as 40+ premium channels such as Discovery, Eurosport Player, etc. These channels are available as individual subscriptions so you only pay for the TV channels you want, but the money you save by not having an expensive monthly subscription through Sky and other providers makes it much more affordable.
Ditch The DVDs: Beta to the Max
I started this process about eight years ago when I got rid of all my VHS cassettes. My rationale at the time was that I had DVDs and would watch them far more often. And, to be fair, I did for a number of years. But now the DVDs have gone the way of my videos.