They're a great babysitter
So, parents are buying DVDs. Not only yours, but newer ones who are desperate for any way to keep their kids occupied. Whether it’s a snow day or sleepover, having a grab bag of family-friendly DVDs on hand is a strategic maneuver. There’s a reason Frozen was the best-selling DVD of 2014.
DVDs are the new books? Maybe?
We all remember those heady days when it seemed very, very essential to amass copious DVDs of all your favorite movies to display in your bedroom, dorm, or apartment. If you didn't have a copy of Fight Club, you might as well not have existed.
But even though a Kindle or iPad is a much more convenient way to read these days, there’s still something special about filling your shelves with hardcovers and paperbacks. I'm not saying your stash of all eight (yes, there are eight) American Pie films will win you any street cred, but maybe there's something to be said for a well-curated DVD library of Criterion Collection-caliber titles.
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Joe McGauley is a senior writer for Thrillist. He'd rather not know how much money he's dropped on DVDs over the years.