To rent or to buy movies

@gstitzer (104)
United States
May 3, 2011 2:57pm CST
Ok so I've been told I have a problem. I never rent a movie I always buy them. I have over 500 DVD's and pride myself on my extensive collection. I even have them databased in alphabetical order on my computer so that I know what I have. So I'm wondering whats everyones take on this? I know alot of people use netflix and now they have those 1.00 a night redboxes to rent movies. Blockbuster and Hollywood Video has pretty much gone obsolete. So I'm wondering should I continue to buy movies or start renting?
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20 responses
• United States
4 May 11
In my opinion I think that renting them is best compared to continuing buying them. I had alot of different movies everywhere I turned until I found out that I could rent them and return them once I finsihed and ti makes it so much better for me and my family. If you have that many just imagine how much you can make by selling them and making a profit and turn around and orde the ones that you want without paying so much money on just one or two at a time. It makes compalte sense to convert the ones you have and try a rental of movies. My life and home is so much better than having to go through so many just to find the one I want to watch renting is better for me and could be for you if you give it a try.
@tiina05 (2319)
• Philippines
7 May 11
hello, Well, I never buy DVD's because it will just stuck on my place and never use to watch it again but in your case you can now have a rental DVD at you home. LOL it is up to you if you will gonna continue collecting movies because for you it was fun. right?. but if you will ask me you can start renting rather than buying because it is more expensive.
@benhilo (871)
• Tripoli, Libya
7 May 11
I rented for the first time a couple of weeks ago and when I returned the movie I could not find another one that I wanted to see. I normally borrow from my local library. They are part of a network of libraries that gives me lots of options. If I buy, I buy used usually from pawn shops. You can always find a new release about a couples after it is released.
@KrauseHome (35035)
• United States
6 May 11
Well, I often have wondered the same thing. We have bought movies before seeing them if we knew they were a Great movie with lots of Great reviews, but for the most part now Rent one and then decide from there if it is worth adding to our collection. Because if you are one that buys them when they first come out and bring it home and do not really care for it you are out close to $20 or more. Then you are stuck with it hoping that it will grow on you. So the Redbox movie rental is a Great thing, and in the long run could save you a lot of $$ as well. Then if it is something you really liked you can go get it in a store right then, or wait until it goes down in price, or find one previously viewed to purchase as well.
@drasnian (548)
5 May 11
I'm not a huge movie buff, but if you can find a good deal, and enjoy collecting movies (which you obviously do!) I'd say feel free to keep buying them. I looked at renting a movie the other day, but could buy it for less, which makes no sense to me. Renting online is much cheaper, and my boyfriend will sometimes rent us a movie, but I'd rather own the film if I'm paying for it! That said though, I don't tend to buy a movie unless I've seen it before/know I will like it. If we're not looking for a specific film, I find my/his flatmates or friends will often have something to recommend which we can borrow for nothing, which makes much more sense to me than paying to rent.
• United States
4 May 11
That would depend, do you want to have a movie that you can watch over and over again or do you just want to watch a movie once or have to pay for it each time you want it? Say you love a certain movie and you watch it every few months. If you only rented it then you would have to pay something each time you got it. It might be cheaper than buying the movie at first, but around the tenth rental, buying the DVD would have been a better investment. When I haven't seen a movie, then I'll rent it. If I love a movie, then I'll buy my own copy. I keep a home collection too, and it doesn't have 500 DVDs in it, but I do have a pretty good collection.
• Philippines
4 May 11
Having a collection is a cool thing for me. I have my own collection too. In my opinion, I'd rather buy movies than rent ones. Why? Coz there are times I want to watch a movie over and over again because I just can't get enough of it. :)
• United States
4 May 11
Wow. That's quite a few DVD's you have there. I personally prefer to buy them when they are good, but renting is a lot cheaper I think. If money were not an issue for me, I would definitely buy them more than rent, but currently I would rather save the money, so I rent. Happy Mylotting!
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
4 May 11
Renting is good if you are only going to look at the movie once. If you are an avid movie fan and want access to a particular movie many times, buying is best. Also, in the future if you ever get tired of your collection you can sell them on ebay.
4 May 11
It all depends on what sort of movies you buy. If you are buying new releases then I would possibly say renting maybe better purely because of the cost of new movies. But then if you buy DVDs which are on older or on offer or are collecting sub genres such as Hitchcock movies, John Wayne movies or those which are known as classics then I would by all means carry on as long as you can afford to. For me I personally prefer to buy DVDs and like yourself have amassed a considerable collection, last count was 600 DVDs plus goodness knows how many videos. I buy older movies and box sets which are generally cheaper and rarely buy a new movie due to the price. And I take pride in my collection and can say that every single DVD I own, even those which I didn’t enjoy the first time I watched, have been watched by me at least twice some a lot more. The sad thing is that where some things you collect go up in price DVDs only ever seem to go down.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
4 May 11
I advise you to start renting movies or even watch them online. My dad usually buys movies to watch and we have a whole cupboard full of them. Why we should not waste money on buying movies? First, we are able to get them at a much cheaper rate should we rent them. second, we'll never take our old movies out to watch again. Most of the times, we watch the show only once and it will be thrown to the back of our cupboard. Unless you are really a movie fan and love collecting them. But, what the point of collecting movies? You would be able to save a lot of money should you start renting movies and this amount of money that you saved can be used for other things.
@oninomar (506)
• Philippines
4 May 11
wow, you are so great,someday you can used all that movie for some purposes.. Some people just rent a movie, they just feel that, its a one time shot, after that you can see it again.
• Philippines
4 May 11
The best answer is not found in your options. LOL! My answer is: to download! :) Nothing's better than getting a movie for free? Torrent's always there anyway. :D
@fsound (757)
• Philippines
4 May 11
Have them both rent and buy movies. It's double the fun and you get to see a lot of movies.
@SIMPLYD (79623)
• Philippines
4 May 11
I guess, if you are moneyed, it doesn't matter if you buy DVDs. as you said they are on your extensive collection and even have a database of them in your computer. When one collects an item, money is not a problem with them. So, i think you are one of them, so just keep it up, because it gives you happiness doing so.
• United States
4 May 11
Well I don't rent films. I have many movie channels on my cable so I see movies that way.When I find a film I like , I tape it. Sometimes I see a film that I need my own copy on DVD and I buy it. But I have more films on VHS than anything else. So I say if you Need to own a film , buy it. If you just want to see it , then rent it.
• India
3 May 11
Collecting is good, but I suggest you rent new movies before actually going out and buying the DVD. This will help you save money in the long run. 500 DVDs is a good collection but unless you love all the 500 that you have, it's not worth a collection. I mean to say that try to invest in the movies which you or your family would like to watch over and over again so that you get the value back for your DVDs. I do not currently have a DVD collection but I have book collection and plan to have own library at my place for all books that I have collected. bourne
@natnickeep (2340)
• United States
3 May 11
I like to think of not wasting things. I don't buy a movie unless it's one I would want to watch again, or maybe Disney movies for the kids. Netflix is my best friend. We don't have cable. So this allows us to watch things when we want, movies and shows. Other than that in the summer we like to go to the drive ins and watch new movies. You could be saving money and space by only buying the movies you really love.
• Philippines
3 May 11
I think its best to buy a movie if you are a movie collector, but if you just want to watch a certain movie then better rent, no need to look for a storage and of course pocket friendly. :))
• India
3 May 11
if yew say yew have yewr collection on yewr computer, then i'd say yew rent them rather than buyin dem. whats the use of buyin a dvd when yew are anyways gonna copy it on yewr harddrive. if yew have a separate dvd collection and get pride in having such collection then yew should buy the dvd's.