What should I do with hundreds of VCR tape cartridges. All have recorded material on the from art instruction to theatrical movies. Nobody seems to want this style of media anymore. Seems a shame to trash them - they probably cost about $10 when originally purchased.
Donate them. I see people browsing through the stacks at the local Salvation Army
Did you know that hand held calculator used to cost over $100? Their worth now is $0, as there are smaller more powerful one for about $10. Same with VCR tapes. Some things just become outdated and lose their value.
I agree to donate them if you can find a place near you that accepts them ~ there are some people who do enjoy brousing through them and discovering long forgotten episodes of TV shows and what have you....
Otherwise, recycle them at your closest recycling centers that accepts them!
And, btw, dh and I bought one of the first ever VCR "machines" in 1978 for $1200 and we were THRILLED to get a blank VHS tape as a gift from my grandmother to tape some shows ~ cost? $24,95 !!!
We still watch these and have a library of old movies. They don't seem to move though at our town swap shop where they are FREE.
Especially those that people have recorded from t.v. in their own homes.
many of them have probably degraded as well. we had hundred of VHS, but recently when I wanted to watch some and transfer them to DVD they had so much degrading that it just wasnt worth the effort.
Early this spring I tossed over 200 VHS tapes, they were ancient and just didn't hold up.
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I tossed most of mine too. You can't even buy a VHS player now. Sometimes you can get a combo DVD and VHS player-we have had two but the VHS side always goes out fast, while the DVD part is fine.
I agree with the others. DH had many old tapes, mostly home recorded of television programs that we took to the recycling center. We have friends who have not moved up to DVD's yet.
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Try to donate first, but most places around here will not take them. You may have to trash them.
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My sister & I both still have & use the VCR & VHS tapes. I find it easier to operate than the DVD machine. I often set it to record sewing shows that come on early Saturday mornings. I think a lot of the older generation still use them where the younger generation prefers the latest new & improved replacement. My son is 28 & I remember him asking us to buy a "wee C R" so he could watch cartoons all the time like he could at his cousins house. Technology keeps changing. My sister also paid 1200 for their first one & I think it was BETA.
I bought a Beta VCR in 1977 for $1200, eventually switched over to VHS. I have thrown out many of my old tapes but I still like to tape the tv shows on MEtv and Antenna tv. Many of the episodes are not available on dvd. I buy tapes for 10 cents at estate sales. I pick tapes used for long movies that the owners put a label on, hoping the tape have only been used once. When the vcr goes I will get a DVR etc. Meanwhile I use what I have!
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