I Spent $179.65 This Weekend...
...but it was well worth it!
A local video store, Major Video (from whom I have rented hundreds of films), closed this weekend because the owners lost their lease. This ultimately saddens me because I love the stuff you can get there, and no other place else in town, especially Blockbuster and Hollywood, are as nice as the staff there. Major is also cheaper than it's competitors (everyday is rent two, get one free). I love it. There will still be one location open on the Eastbank that I will assuredly frequent.
This brings me to the closeout sale. As you know, I sell things online. I also like deals, personally. It's my thing (it's every one's thing hopefully). What happens when these two things mix? I make four trips to the video store (once, Friday and Saturday, and twice Sunday). All of the trips included an hour stay, with the first Friday totaling over two hours, which does include standing in line to check out.
What happens is that I own a lot of stuff now (all DVD's and games), some of which I have no use for other than to make money. The highlights:
Star Trek - The Next Generation: Season 6. Paid $13 for it used, hoping to get $40
Clerks. X (3 Disc special edition). Paid $5, hoping to get $10
Jane Eyre (BBC) - 2 volumes. Paid $8, hoping to get $20
I also bought several Xbox games at different times (Raw, Burnout Revenge, Mortal Kombat Armageddon). While I am only selling the latter, I got $12 for it. They only cost me $6 in all).
Pimp My Ride: Season 1. I paid $4
Miami Ink: Season 1. I paid $5
Wonderfalls: Complete Viewer Collection. I paid $5, will sell for $20
In a strictly capitalist move, I bought five HD DVD's in anticipation of selling them to someone who isn't ready to get rid of the now-defunct HD DVD library. I got five for $2 each (Ocean's Thirteen, Happy Feet, Babel, Feast, Talk To Me).
I got two documentaries tonight, Jesus Camp, and Street Fight, for $2 each, used, and have them selling for $12 or so each.
I paid $4 each for Starsky & Hutch and American Wedding new.
I picked up Friday and The Simpsons movie for $6 each new.
Jersey Girl was only $2 new.
I got The Darjeeling Limited for $2 tonight as well (new) and Grind for $4 new too.
The best deal is to buy cheap and sell in lots on eBay: Men In Black II, Against The Ropes, Stuck On You, Miracle, Blue Crush all for $1 each.
Finally, the deal to end all deals. As I was walking out, the guy working told another guy that Blu-Ray DVD's (which are $30 new) were just $4 each for used ones. I grabbed ten. I hope to sell them on eBay. I should get around $100 for the lot, of which, I only paid $40. Those were: King of California, The Other Boleyn Girl, Little Chenier: A Cajun Story, Hairspray, Witless Protection, In the Valley of Elah, The Brave One, Hostel, Part II, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, and Vantage Point.
I like finding deals and store closings. I hope to reimburse my expenses soon. Since Friday, I have sold six things and made a decent profit. There's no point in saying how much I paid for all of these. While they weren't the cheapest things or the best deals I found, the sale does deduct from what I spent, which is my goal.
American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986. $7.50
Jesus of Nazareth (new): 2 Disc. $16.58
Halo 3 Xbox 360 [paid $13]: $32.21
Babel HD DVD. $5.03
Jesus Camp. $11.30
Mortal Kombat. $12.04
Total = $84.66
posted by Jeff Watkins at 4:14 PM