Ah, the trials and tribulations of buying used stuff online.
See it? See what they did? I didn’t notice it until I put the disc in my XBOX 360 and saw the menu.
So, when I changed the format of the blog sometime back, I said I would cover other hobbies besides CGI. Well, two of my oldest hobbies are books and movies.
I love movies from all decades, I have them from 1931 (Dracula) all the way up to 2018. (Super Troopers 2 and The Death of Superman) I don’t go to the theater so much, mainly because I work 3rd shift and don’t have a car, so it’s rough cutting a large enough time out of my evening (when I wake up) to take buses to the theater to see a movie, and get back home before said buses stop running for the evening. But, I do sometimes get to the theater if I tag along with people who are going. For example, I went to see Solo: A Star Wars Story shortly after it was released and I’m going to see Mission: Impossible: Fallout on Tuesday. But, I love DVDs and Blu-Rays, and I have quite an expansive collection. In fact, I need to organize some stuff as I literally have movies everywhere. I work at Walmart, which has really enhanced my movie buying, mainly due to the ease of buying new releases, especially since I’m there at midnight when they release, as well as older films that are reduced.
As for books, I’ve been reading adult books since sometime in my early teens. When I was in high school, I’d usually read a few a week, my particular favorites were the Star Trek paperbacks. I still enjoy reading, but it takes me longer these days to finish a book with other distractions. One thing I like is having a Kindle e-reader, as well as the Kindle app on my phone, which makes buying out of print books easier. However, another thing I love are used bookstores. One that’s near me is Half Price Books, which has over 120 locations spread all over the United States. I’ve been shopping at HPB since sometime in the ’90s. Half price is usually the most you’ll pay for something, I’ve gotten many used hardbacks there for $5 or so. Great store. They also have movies, music, video games and various knickknacks.
So, every year for the past few years, they’ve been doing clearance sales. They rent a giant room somewhere and there are just huge tables of books, movies, games and music. I’m set up on games and I usually buy digital music , but I prefer physical movies and I love getting books at reduced prices. They rented an arena for this weekend, and my parents were going yesterday, so they asked me if I wanted to go. I wasn’t working last night, so I was like: “Sure, I’ll sacrifice some sleep for that.” Yeah, it was worth it:
No, the lightsaber isn’t something I bought yesterday, it was there, so I left it for ambiance. Also, it’s sort of sad that my bed was the only uncluttered space to take this pic, aside from portions of the floor.
Anywho, 11 paperbacks. At 50 cents a piece, they were a steal. There were other Star Trek books, some of which I have already, and I stayed away from ones that were part of series, (which left out the Star wars books they had) as tracking down the rest of said series at decent prices would involve the Internet, where you have to take someone’s word for it that they’re in good condition. As you can see, the ones I bought are in like new condition. Aside from trade ins, HPB also gets inventory from close out sales and whatnot. So, it’s doubtful most of these have been read. I got mostly numbered TNG novels. Some I read back in the ’90s, so I won’t remember them, others this will be the first time. I also got one TOS novel, 2010: Odyssey Two and a cool Terminator novel that’s a better follow-up to T2 than T3 was. There’s another one by the same author that I’ll have to track down. So, good buys. 11 paperbacks for $5.50.
Amazon charges list prices for Kindle books, so I couldn’t get one for that much money.
The DVDs were just what I found that I like and didn’t have. Lots of comedy, especially Adam Sandler. I watched Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo again last week on Hulu, I’d forgotten how funny that is. It was Happy Madison’s first movie, though Adam Sandler isn’t in it (his voice is.) I got a few films he is in, Happy Gilmore is my favorites of his. Jay and Silent Bob Strike back is just dumb fun, I watched that again this morning. And, I got some stand-up comedy. My mom found the Jeff Foxworthy DVD, and
let me know about it because I’m a big Foxworthy fan. Plus, she’s gonna want to borrow it. The absolute best movie I bought is Tarantino’s first film, Reservoir Dogs. I’ve been wanting to watch that again, so it was the second DVD I put in last night (after Jeff Foxworthy.) And, The Italian Job because it’s a fun heist film, and some Sci-Fi (naturally.) The good Pirates of the Caribbean film, and somehow I didn’t already have Superman Returns. I’m a big Superman fan, so that was an essential buy. The copy of Highlander is, unfortunately, one of the old laserdisc transfers with the shitty non anamorphic widescreen, but for $2 who can complain? So, 14 DVDs for a total of $28.
All said, including a 99 cent cloth tote bag to carry everything (that sumbitch was full too) and taxes, $30-something. So, I really cleaned up.
Afterwards, it was the Olive Garden for dinner. Then, back home for some DVDs and gaming. I always clean my discs when I buy them used, as well as cleaning or replacing the cases, condition determines which it is. I have spare cases, due to transferring a bunch of movies to a CD binder when I was in the Army (for portability) and that “went missing” when I was in Afghanistan (damn thieving roommate) so there was nothing to return to the cases when I got out of the Army. So, I use the cases to replace worn out ones for my used movies and games. I cleaned up the Foxworthy DVD first, which is why it got played first, while I was cleaning the others. 🙂
So, just a fantastic day, so I thought I’d share.