I still argue that every DVD and VHS purchaser is a closet-collector. No one buys these to throw away. And every collection starts by buying one.
I look at the huge number of new DVD titles being put out every month by the MOD makers - Warners Archive, Univ Vault, MGM Vault, TCM Vault, Olive, etc. Of course, even this variety isn't putting out 200-new-titles a month, and in 2002-2008, we were buying 200 titles a month - sometimes twice that many.
Retailers have said DVD sales plummeted but never heard consumers such as the above posts - "I don't want to keep buying reissued titles", and for the last 5 years of commercial DVDs, it seems like a third were ReIssues. Gee - no wonder consumers refuse to buy.
Yet all those MOD makers are churning out classic titles right and left. Gee - they DID measure THEIR marketplace correctly. Too bad their prices are extravagant - I think they'd sell four or five times more if they were half-priced.