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Garrett Sorensen
08-09-2010, 12:40 AM
I can't help but brag about my latest video hunting escapades, but in a porn shop in PA I found a slew of rare VHS. I walked in 35 mintues before closing and some fat asshole with goatee gave me shit when I asked for a discount on 50 VHS, saying I only had 10 minutes. I scrambled in the front section for 50 movies in under 5 minutes (I've been doing this awhile) and was about to buy them for 50 cents each when at the corner of my eye in the back porn section I saw more regular VHS. The asshole didn't want me to know about that obviously. I went back and there they were in a room of shelves. NEW, still wrapped, never opened thorn-emi titles, I never ever see brand spanking new 25 year old VHS at stores. Completely bizarre because they had dozens of copies of some titles but they weren't all ho hum titles. They had the rare british horror Queen of Spades which I nabbed over a dozen copies of along with 3 Act of Vengeance VHS. The guy continued being an ass saying he wasn't going to sell any if I didn't bring them up by 8:45 at a place that closes at 9 (no he wasn't the owner) so I left feeling there could be even more. So now I'm posting this on a blackberry at a walmart parking lot where I'll crash and go back in the morning.I hope the guys boss is there.

Robin Bougie
08-09-2010, 03:24 AM
Sweet score, Garrett! RAPE SQUAD is worthy only of adoration. The press book is one of my favourites in my collection, for sure.

Dick Ringeisen
08-09-2010, 04:50 AM
3-4 years ago I purchased a new copy of, "Tomorrow's Child" (1982), from Key Video. I had heard of the movie, and went to Amazon Marketplace to see what a used VHS went for.

Well, in their Marketplace, there was 1 seller with "New" copies. It was cheap enough, $5 or so with shipping. I bought it. I was thinking it was probably a reseal.

When it arrived, it had shrinkwrap with white stamping across it reading "Key Video". It was an odd find, so I left the shrink-wrap on it and sliced it off at the bottom only.

I watched it, and it played fine. No sunbleaching on the box, dust, anything. Like it had been packed away for 20 years or so. From what I recall, this seller was still selling it new when I bought mine from him, so maybe he found a box of them someplace...

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Garrett Sorensen
08-09-2010, 12:02 PM
If anyone is in the Philly area and wants a brand new Man Who Haunted Himself or Queen of Spades on EMI then go to Excitement video on James street. Be sure to check the back room.

Tim Mayer
08-09-2010, 12:34 PM
What part of Philly is that? And can you park around there without having to pay $25.00?

Ehren H.
08-09-2010, 01:03 PM
If you decide to sell any of those spare copies of Act of Vengeance, you got a buyer right here haha

Garrett Sorensen
08-09-2010, 07:46 PM
It is right off exit 27 on I-95, so just east of downtown. You can park easily for free on the side of James street because it is 2 way until the end of the block where it turns one way and you have to make u-turn, therefore no one uses the road. At the very least they are cheap and there is over 2000 to look through.

Garrett Sorensen
08-09-2010, 07:52 PM
Oh yeah. There is also a chain in the DC area called Video Movie Liquidators that is selling VHS 50 for 30 dollars and there are 6 stores. I bought 200 myself. They charged 8 dollars each not too long ago.

Dick Ringeisen
08-09-2010, 08:27 PM
I may need to stop inside a VML location next time I pass one. Not so much to buy anything, but to see how much of their front room is still VHS. They never really stopped stocking a lot of VHS. The last time I looked inside one was 3 years ago, and all the VHS then were $5.95 each.

Their main business is selling porn. They have a very large back room.

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Garrett Sorensen
08-09-2010, 10:25 PM
The largest selections of VHS were at the Alexandria store on Picket and Gaithersburg. Laurel and ther one around there sucked.

Correction, they have HBO titles, not EMI.

Dick Ringeisen
08-09-2010, 11:25 PM
The largest selections of VHS were at the Alexandria store on Picket and Gaithersburg. Laurel and ther one around there sucked.

Correction, they have HBO titles, not EMI.

The other Video Movie Liquidators around there, is probably Beltsville, on route 1... Unless that one closed, I can't recall.

Sometime when I'm in Glen Burnie again, I'll stop in the VML store there, I've drove past it many times, but never looked.

Another on route 1, though smaller, is called, "Best Buy Video". I don't know if they still sell VHS titles, but 3 years when I was last there, they still had a lot. Same setup as VML. VHS and some DVDs in the front, that hardly anyone ever goes there for, and lots of porn in the back room.

A funny story about Best Buy Video, when I was in there browsing, a man entered with 2 bulging garbage bags of VHS tapes, asking if they wanted to buy any. It was almost fitting that they were in garbage bags... I think the store said they don't really buy tapes from individuals, and that there isn't really any market for VHS any more. The man with tapes was itching to make a deal, so the man there said he's pay him a quarter ($0.25) each tape. The man seemed offended, and walked out saying he'll take his business elsewhere. It was funny.

Another place, I had found odd VHS at, though alose about 3 years ago, was "CD Warehouse" also on Route 1. They had Hellhole, Maniac, some odd stuff. I'm not sure if they still stock VHS for sale, but I do know they sell used DVDs.

Route 1 has a lot of places you can hit in a short time, going from Savage down to College Park. Used VHS places, thrift stores, pawn shops (Though only for DVDs), etc.


Also, that 50 tapes for $30 deal, is that a posted deal inside VML, or was that from haggling?

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Garrett Sorensen
08-10-2010, 01:09 AM
No haggling, each location has the price points listed and you can also get 100 for 50 dollars. Many of the stores were samey, Gaithersburg had the more eclectic titles.

I had always assumed porn shops kept overpriced regular VHS in the front because of tax write off purposes, but I wasn't corrected until the only sociable clerk at Excitement said it was religious reasons that required it. It sounded like some sort of blue law. The same reasons I can't buy beer on sunday or eat watermelons in one of our parks.

Overall the east coast didn't impress much south of DC. A store on 3817 jefferson davis in Richmond had a bunch of rare big box horror (like Emerald Jungle) but I didn't get any because of the 10 dollar purchase prices. For others in MA there is a store in either Leominster on central or Burlington on cambridge (forgot which) had tons of old VHS literally piled on shelves that reached the ceiling.

Dick Ringeisen
08-10-2010, 03:15 AM
No haggling, each location has the price points listed and you can also get 100 for 50 dollars. Many of the stores were samey, Gaithersburg had the more eclectic titles.

I had always assumed porn shops kept overpriced regular VHS in the front because of tax write off purposes, but I wasn't corrected until the only sociable clerk at Excitement said it was religious reasons that required it. It sounded like some sort of blue law. The same reasons I can't buy beer on sunday or eat watermelons in one of our parks.

Overall the east coast didn't impress much south of DC. A store on 3817 jefferson davis in Richmond had a bunch of rare big box horror (like Emerald Jungle) but I didn't get any because of the 10 dollar purchase prices. For others in MA there is a store in either Leominster on central or Burlington on cambridge (forgot which) had tons of old VHS literally piled on shelves that reached the ceiling.


Yeah, that's a big part of the reason for these stores keeping VHS and such in them, Blue Laws. I mentioned that in a thread here recently, about a video store I worked at. The main business was renting and selling porn. The front of the store, that stuff was for sale or rent, but not many people did. The front of the store was basically a, "Front", haha. It wasn't always that way, but by the time Blockbuster and Hollywood videos starting popping up, it was difficult for smaller places to compete, so the one's that stayed open tended to gradually slow and limit what they got in general new release, and kept up the porn sections instead.

That one store, the owner did sometimes buy surplus stuff from closed video stores, and I'm pretty sure also VML. Just to keep up the front of the store, since EVERYTHING was for sale, not only rent in that store. I once purchased "KISS and the phantom of the Park" when I found it in the store, I knew it was sought after. I paid $5-$10 for it from that store, then the next day tossed it on ebay and it was bid up to $60 or so.

Also, the new video store, not a chain, that opened in 1999 or so, nearly across from that particular rental place I worked at, had to shut down because they rented porn and someone contacted county that they were within X distance of a church. There was some law that porn could nto be within X distance of a church... So, for them, it was either get rid of the porn, or shut down. They felt they could not compete without porn, so they closed. This was in 2000 or 2001.

Also, I think it depends on the county in Maryland. I know of one adult shop on Route 1, rentals and sale of porn, and no general stuff. I think they also have toys and stuff in there. I'm not sure if it is because of the county, or that it also has toys and such, that allows it to operate as is. It is located in a different county than where most of VML is located. It could be closed now, it's been some time since i took notice of it.

Also, some people like to rent and buy porn from seemingly "normal" looking places. To those people, they are worried about who might see them going to someplace like, "Dick Ringeisen's Porno Palace".

"Jill, guess what? Yesterday, I saw Bob going into Dick's Porno Palace!"

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Keith B.
08-10-2010, 11:23 AM
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Another place, I had found odd VHS at, though alose about 3 years ago, was "CD Warehouse" also on Route 1. They had Hellhole, Maniac, some odd stuff. I'm not sure if they still stock VHS for sale, but I do know they sell used DVDs.

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CD Warehouse is one of my fave stores. Everytime I go in, there's something worth picking up on DVD. I probably have 50 titles from them, and there's also some sentimental value as well because I bought my first DVD's there (Pioneer "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and Elite's "Reanimator") before I even had a DVD player.

There's also a great pawn shop in Laurel (can't remember the name but it's right next to Lily's Spa) that sells used DVD's for 3 bucks.

Also, there's CD Depot in College Park, where you can find some choice titles.

Lorne Marshall
08-12-2010, 03:50 AM
The other Video Movie Liquidators around there, is probably Beltsville, on route 1... Unless that one closed, I can't recall.

I think that one has closed, Dick. The one a little further south in Greenbelt was still open a few months ago.



Another on route 1, though smaller, is called, "Best Buy Video".

That place is a mess, isn't it? They don't really have anything categorized. Their tapes are all over the place.



Sometime when I'm in Glen Burnie again, I'll stop in the VML store there, I've drove past it many times, but never looked.

I was there in February. I will say that people like us have really picked these places clean over the years (although I don't think Video Movie Liquidators ever really carried the super rare stuff in the first place). All tapes were $2, so I bought 18 titles:

OBSESSED
EYES OF THE BEHOLDER
APPRENTICE TO MURDER
BRAINSCAN
HIDER IN THE HOUSE
R.O.T.O.R.
PSYCHIC (with Zach Galligan)
MIND RIPPER
SEASON OF FEAR
WHISPER KILL
SEVERED TIES
PRIMAL SCREAM
DEAD ON SIGHT
RETRIBUTION
GHOST WARRIOR
BLOODSTONE
TIMERIDER
REBORN

Not many of these were worthy of my archiving onto DVD-R, but for $2, hey, I took a shot.

Lorne Marshall
08-12-2010, 04:04 AM
There's a place near York, PA on route 30 called Megatronix that used to carry a huge selection of VHS. Now they carry some, but it's mostly a (huge) selection of DVD, at least last time I went there.

Anyway, one time when I went there back in the mid-90's, they had multiple, unopened copies of certain titles. I picked up about 10 copies of THE STRANGER, a made-for-TV sci-fi flick similar to JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN (wow, that's the second time I've referenced that in a post over the last week) on the King of Video label (actually, KOV was on the box; on the cassette the label reads Questar).

However, there were a few titles on the HBO label that were factory-sealed (they still had the HBO stamp throughout the shrinkwrap). I picked up multiple copies of things like UNHOLY ROLLERS and FULL MOON HIGH.

Dick Ringeisen
08-12-2010, 09:14 AM
Another Blue-law story, for this thread. Now that it resurfaced due to this thread...

i recall working at said video store I mentioned earlier, on a Sunday, a man entered, in a hurry, asking "Where is Starting Gate Liquors!?!?!?"

I told him, it's 30 minutes up route 1, then a right on Whiskey Bottom Road, hard to miss after that. hahahhaha.....

Blue-laws in the county of that video store. He wanted his alcohol, and had to travel to a different county for it.

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KennethR
08-12-2010, 09:22 AM
For others in MA there is a store in either Leominster on central or Burlington on cambridge (forgot which) had tons of old VHS literally piled on shelves that reached the ceiling.


The store in Burlington on Rt 3A (Cambridge St) recently closed. I think it had a "going out of business" sale, but it looks like nobody really bought anything. I've driven by and the doors are locked, the store is "closed' by the shelves are pretty much completely stocked still.

Jason J
08-12-2010, 10:57 AM
I haven't had a lot of luck finding shrink wrapped VHS that were really good, the only ones I found were "Ghost Warrior" and "Hide and Go Shriek".

I remember one place here called Cinema City, the guy closed up shop and still had a ton of new sealed VHS but wasn't willing to sell em for less than $10 each.Although a lot of them were old titles, they werent anything extremely rare.

Man I want to go on a trip to go to as many obscure independent vhs stores really bad. Most of them have closed up though, I would have to do a lot of driving through a lot of towns

Sounds like there are still a lot open in the US

Keith B.
08-12-2010, 10:58 AM
Another Blue-law story, for this thread. Now that it resurfaced due to this thread...

i recall working at said video store I mentioned earlier, on a Sunday, a man entered, in a hurry, asking "Where is Starting Gate Liquors!?!?!?"

I told him, it's 30 minutes up route 1, then a right on Whiskey Bottom Road, hard to miss after that. hahahhaha.....

Blue-laws in the county of that video store. He wanted his alcohol, and had to travel to a different county for it.

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I grew up across the street from the Starting Gate....it was the first liquor store I ever bought underage from!

Dick Ringeisen
08-12-2010, 11:33 AM
I grew up across the street from the Starting Gate....it was the first liquor store I ever bought underage from!

hahha... Interesting to know. I know Anne Arundel County and St. Mary's (Saint... :) ) don;t have such laws with booze in MD, but always interesting to here from others familiar with the Maryland Booze laws.

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Dick Ringeisen
08-12-2010, 12:07 PM
I think that one has closed, Dick. The one a little further south in Greenbelt was still open a few months ago.




That place is a mess, isn't it? They don't really have anything categorized. Their tapes are all over the place.




I was there in February. I will say that people like us have really picked these places clean over the years (although I don't think Video Movie Liquidators ever really carried the super rare stuff in the first place). All tapes were $2, so I bought 18 titles:

OBSESSED
EYES OF THE BEHOLDER
APPRENTICE TO MURDER
BRAINSCAN
HIDER IN THE HOUSE
R.O.T.O.R.
PSYCHIC (with Zach Galligan)
MIND RIPPER
SEASON OF FEAR
WHISPER KILL
SEVERED TIES
PRIMAL SCREAM
DEAD ON SIGHT
RETRIBUTION
GHOST WARRIOR
BLOODSTONE
TIMERIDER
REBORN

Not many of these were worthy of my archiving onto DVD-R, but for $2, hey, I took a shot.

i missed your post. i already figured these places had been picked clean, long ago. Best Buy Video told be, in mid-late 90's, that Trash Palace had already gave them a list of certain VHS titles to look out for, and if they see them, they would pay GOOD!.

Friends found good shit, sometimes. Such as a friend who duped "Shakma" for me after he bought it from Best Buy Video (Across from Best Buy!) in 1998 or so....

Basically, a "syndicate" had taken over most used VHS places, at least 15 years ago or so.

:)

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Tim C.
08-12-2010, 01:41 PM
There's always some hole-in-the-wall store that hasn't been tapped. I found two a couple of years ago when I moved back to my home town. I'm still waiting for the day the owner of one of the stores decides to sell his VHS stock off; this store has been around since the early 80s so there's a lot of good movies there. :p;)

Andrew Ellis
08-12-2010, 02:58 PM
Congrats on that score. It's getting hard to do that because everybody goes on Amazon or ebay these todays and the rare stuff, at least, ends up being pretty expensive.

I've gotten lucky in Buenos Aires (Argentina) where they have stores all over that sell VHS (as of 2007 anyway most people hadn't converted to DVD down there). I got some great stuff, but it had Spanish subtitles, of course, and it's a real pain to convert it from PAL to NTSC.