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« on: May 29, 2009, 06:53:35 AM »

Got an order from DeepDiscountDVD today - High Anxiety (old Mel Brooks film).  The dvd was in what's known as an Eco-Box, what a piece of trash this was.  I'm all for saving the environment but not for a flimsy piece of crap.  I quickly switched the box over because I have such a glut over here but still...geezus.  Here is a picture and apparently this will become more common on new Sony DVD releases (or in this case 20th century fox).  Further proof of a company trying to cut corners.

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2009, 03:55:58 PM »

Yeah, I bought Waiting from the 5-dollar bin at WM and it came in one of those cases. Terrible. I can see so many situations where something would just pierce the flimsy clear plastic and insert paper in the massive area where there is no proper core plastic.

Yet another one of the long list of DVD cost-cutting ruining the subtleties of the packaging.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 01, 2009, 01:30:11 PM »

YIKES!  I have yet to run into one of these, not the best idea at all.  I already hate the rings on the back of the case causing wear on the covers.  This is just ridiculous.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 01, 2009, 03:40:11 PM »

The Bad news is it is spreading to Blu-ray.
Just got my first "eco" BD disc today.
It's less about saving money and more about looking "earth friendly".
The actual cost savings are insignificant.
Captain Al came up with this idea a couple of years ago along with the cardboard CD cases.
If you want to blame someone, this is something Captain Al can claim credit for, and be right for a change.
Hey, we're saving the planet, right? Tongue
Like Michael, I just replace them with another box. I have hundreds of empty boxes. Angry
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 02, 2009, 07:52:04 AM »

I don't have ANY extra BD cases.  Hopefully they're easier to come by in the near future.  PS3 cases are also hard to come by.  I'd like to replace just one.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 02, 2009, 12:24:23 PM »

I have tons of dvd spare cases, but blu-ray I have zilch.  I guess at some point I'll need to go to some online company and order a 50 pack.  Seems to be a really crappy way to go about things.  I wonder if Blockbuster trashes their blu-ray cases like they do their dvd-ones.  That would be the only thing I could think of. 
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 02, 2009, 02:10:15 PM »

So what is the point of that? Use less plastic?
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 02, 2009, 03:47:33 PM »

Technically from what I've read, it uses 30% less plastic (at least the dvd ones do).  The problem is, it's flimsy and the dvd is subject to breakage, especially if you have to transport it.  I would like to see the figures on floaters or discs damaged in shipment by use of this method.  I'm willing to bet it's 30% higher. 
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 06, 2009, 09:49:33 PM »

BEHOLD!!! The Blu-ray version... yay...

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 07, 2009, 07:19:38 PM »

BEHOLD, A PIECE OF CRAP.  Seriously...the average blu-ray costs $7-$10 more than the dvd counterpart, at least they could throw in a good case. 
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 07, 2009, 08:00:18 PM »

BEHOLD, A PIECE OF CRAP.  Seriously...the average blu-ray costs $7-$10 more than the dvd counterpart, at least they could throw in a good case. 

Again, it's not being done to save money.
This is about the liberal agenda and "saving the planet".
We're lucky the discs don't come in recycled paper cases... oh wait a few do.
Nevermind.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 07, 2009, 11:37:32 PM »

Again, it's not being done to save money.
This is about the liberal agenda and "saving the planet".

I was trying to read some sarcasm into that... please tell me you don't believe that?
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« Reply #12 on: Jun 08, 2009, 12:39:58 AM »

YYYYyyyyyeah, I see it as a money thing. Even if it doesn't save money on plastic, all this Green talk has opportunist coming out of the woodwork and cooking up crap like this. Sure, we're destroying the planet. But this kind of crap isn't going to make a dent.
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 08, 2009, 10:15:11 AM »

Again, it's not being done to save money.
This is about the liberal agenda and "saving the planet".

I was trying to read some sarcasm into that... please tell me you don't believe that?

I'm not saying I believe it.
I'm saying that's what they believe
The actual money saved is too insignificant.
I think it's a total joke.
But the genesis of the idea was indeed Captain Al Gore, not a studio exec.
So, the studio's are doing it because they believe you'll buy from them because they are being "green"
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« Reply #14 on: Jun 08, 2009, 12:39:33 PM »

I think it's a total joke.

That's all I needed to hear. You've stepped up a peg in my books after that T2 debacle.
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