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frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
10/6/20 12:59 p.m.

I'm cleaning out my attic and I've got many many boxes of VHS tapes I started collecting back when VHS was new

Most are still in excellent shape and 75-80% are commercially / professionally made. 

Saron81
Saron81 HalfDork
10/6/20 1:06 p.m.

I'll sell you a mini tv/vcr combo you can watch them on! 

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/6/20 1:07 p.m.

Wait another 25 years until the future hipsters start claiming that VHS is actually better quality, as seen by the 'warmth' and 'softness' of playback. 

frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
10/6/20 1:10 p.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

I used to save my old records decades past the point where cassettes and tape replaced them.  Eventually tossed em all since I don't have the sort of taste that others find collectible. 

mtn (Forum Supporter)
mtn (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/6/20 1:22 p.m.

If there is anything Disney, look it up on Ebay. Some of them are worth stupid money. Not what the internet will have you believe, but enough to list it and ship it for SOME of them. 

 

Otherwise, I'd probably toss them unless there is one or two that aren't available digitally that you really enjoy.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia SuperDork
10/6/20 1:26 p.m.

If they are old metalworking  or body shop + painting videos  I would love to have them ,

But really old   Warner Brothers Looney tunes seems like they fit the world these days :)

 

frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
10/6/20 2:06 p.m.

Nothing cool like that. A fair number of 1930'smovie you can watch on Turner Classic movies without having to set up a VHS machine. 

Vajingo
Vajingo Reader
10/6/20 2:29 p.m.
Robbie (Forum Supporter) said:

Wait another 25 years until the future hipsters start claiming that VHS is actually better quality, as seen by the 'warmth' and 'softness' of playback. 

Lmfao. True. So true. 

barefootskater
barefootskater UltraDork
10/6/20 3:33 p.m.

Get marooned on a pacific island, use it as rope  to build a raft so you can get out into the shipping lanes and be rescued. Works every time. 

j_tso
j_tso Reader
10/6/20 3:57 p.m.

Tangentially related: http://www.jerrymaguirepyramid.com/

 

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
10/6/20 10:33 p.m.
barefootskater said:

Get marooned on a pacific island, use it as rope  to build a raft so you can get out into the shipping lanes and be rescued. Works every time. 

Stole my answer.  

93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo SuperDork
10/7/20 11:55 a.m.

They are worth some money for a couple of reasons:

  • If you taped anything off TV that was never rebroadcast, specials, things of that nature.  You may have one of a few recordings of something in the publics hands
  • People are really nostalgic for old commercials and will watch thousands of hours of footage looking for rare commercials.
  • You may have some movies or versions of movies that were never offered in other media formats
  • Hipsters and cat ladys still use VHS and need some blanks.
  • Unopened blank VHS are worth some money.

If you want to make a few bucks, get a list of everything and post them locally for a buck a tape.

If you want to make some flipper happy, donate them.  

 

 

Sparkydog
Sparkydog HalfDork
10/7/20 12:20 p.m.

Design and fab a special gizmo that will slit the VHS tape down to 1/4" audio tape. Then you will have 1000's of little reels of audio tape to try and find a use for. devil

NOT A TA
NOT A TA SuperDork
10/7/20 12:39 p.m.

A buds mother in law passed a few years ago and my bud asked me to go clean out the house. The house was full of VHS tapes and piles of boxes of brand new crap bought on QVC. I filled my 8' bed pickup 8 or 9 times hauling the VHS tapes to the dump. Just toss them Frenchy and spend the time you'd waste messing around with them building that Jag awaiting your attention. Stop procrastinating!

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia SuperDork
10/7/20 1:31 p.m.

Don't dump them.....

put them on craigslist for $20 , someone stuck at home will enjoy them , 

 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/7/20 1:35 p.m.

I am working to convert home movie 8mm tapes to digital and its a pain. If they are commercially-avaialble on DVD or download, I would toss the lot.

frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
10/7/20 2:05 p.m.
NOT A TA said:

A buds mother in law passed a few years ago and my bud asked me to go clean out the house. The house was full of VHS tapes and piles of boxes of brand new crap bought on QVC. I filled my 8' bed pickup 8 or 9 times hauling the VHS tapes to the dump. Just toss them Frenchy and spend the time you'd waste messing around with them building that Jag awaiting your attention. Stop procrastinating!

You are right. They are trash. 

Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) MegaDork
10/7/20 2:54 p.m.

You can also likely donate them to an assisted living/retirement home.

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
10/7/20 3:12 p.m.

We have two drawers full of kids' movies, same dilemma.  We donated some to a daycare.  

We also had some 8mm home movies converted to VHS, perhaps you can roll yours on to a CD or thumb drive?  If it's home made porn just sell 'em for $1 at a garage sale.

newrider3
newrider3 Reader
10/7/20 8:13 p.m.
Robbie (Forum Supporter) said:

Wait another 25 years until the future hipsters start claiming that VHS is actually better quality, as seen by the 'warmth' and 'softness' of playback. 

I finally got our VCR hooked up in the new house, and have been watching stuff since we have a bad antenna signal as well as a bad internet signal right now.

The worst thing about watching VHS on a modern TV is the fact they were all recorded in 4:3 fullscreen either by cropping or pan-and-scan, instead of just letterboxing the widescreen image to fit, so now on a widescreen TV it's pillarboxed back down to square :(

But the picture quality is still E36 M3. My god, it's awful, and age hasn't helped the cassettes get any better.

Gary
Gary UltraDork
10/7/20 10:17 p.m.

Frenchy, don't dump them yet. Wait a few years. You see what happened with LP's. Who knows? How much space do they take up? Can't be much. Attic?

WonkoTheSane (Forum Supporter)
WonkoTheSane (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
10/8/20 9:52 a.m.
Gary said:

Frenchy, don't dump them yet. Wait a few years. You see what happened with LP's. Who knows? How much space do they take up? Can't be much. Attic?

One of the big differences between LPs & magnetic media such as tapes & VHS is that if the cassettes aren't kept in a fairly maintained temperature & humidity range, they'll deteriorate rapidly.  I've pulled VHS out of my parents attic that had a pool of black oily stuff weeping out of it.

Note that they'll deteriorate from just sitting there anyway (think of how much more likely old tapes were to break in the player), but not as fast.

The sad fact is that they probably won't ever be worth the storage space, and if you can make someone happy for cheap, I'd take that opportunity myself.

frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
10/8/20 10:14 a.m.
Gary said:

Frenchy, don't dump them yet. Wait a few years. You see what happened with LP's. Who knows? How much space do they take up? Can't be much. Attic?

The attic is too nice a space for junk!  It's 30'x 30' with 4 walk-in dormers. And decently high ceilings through most of it.  Plus I have a Vision of a bow window to overlook the lake. 
I'm thinking of an art studio?  

NOT A TA
NOT A TA SuperDork
10/8/20 10:47 a.m.
frenchyd said:
Plus I have a Vision of a bow window to overlook the lake. 
I'm thinking of an art studio.

GO BUILD THE JAG!!!!!

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
10/8/20 11:17 a.m.

... the "art" of building a V12....

Building a V12 in the attic, what could possibly go wrong?

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