Fellow cdfreakers ,
Most of you already have dvd players , recorders and standalone dvd players.
The thing is , that sometimes the most interesting dvd movies and media (think of dvd’s for consoles such as the gameboy , xbox and playstation2) never get released in your particular (part of) country.
For instance. If i once would like to have Saving Private Ryan in DTS format. Sadly , i was forced to purchase this movie as a region 1 movie (Amazon.com United States) , because back then , there was no other DTS version available.
Same goes for a lot of special editions : Think of Criterion Editions , extra’s and so forth.
If i want to buy a good Anime dvd , i’m usually forced to either go to the market place of amazon (Amazon themselves have little) , Ebay or Australia. No dutch subtitles of course.
I’m okay with ordering dvd’s from across the ocean, but i dislike paying extra taxes (around 6 euro’s per shipment of 2 dvd’s) , just because the supplier thought it would not be interesting enough to publish the media in my country.
Weird isn’t it ? I could download content from Kazaa worldwide , i can order almost anything from any webshop througout the world with my credit card , but if i want to have the media here i have to pay additional taxes. Am i getting punished here again
On top of that , IF you happen to find a (web)shop that will import dvd’s for you , you pay top price or the webshop themselves get into trouble.
There have been huge fights between Columbia Tristar Benelux and a dutch webshop (www.rodisc.nl if anyone is interested) , becase they imported DVD’s from the United Kingdom. They were cheaper , were better and offered better content.
Naturally Columbia Tristar was not amused by this and forbid the webshop to import dvd from the UK. If the webshop continued to import dvd’s from the UK , Columbia Tristar would blacklist the webshop and business would be bad.
Should import taxes be cancelled ? Would this have a positive effect on piracy ?