It Was Only a Matter of Time

July 5, 2008

While I wasn’t expecting it this soon, I can’t say as I’m totally taken by surprise to find a Columbia House offer for 3 Blu-ray discs for $4.99 in my mail this week. The offer seems attractive enough, you pick of three discs with movies like 300, I Am Legend, Spider Man 3, Harry Potter etc. for the seemingly paltry sum of $4.99, but it’s the whole “membership” and “processing” fee thing that leaves me a bit leery.

I’ve heard friends claim to have had no problems with the Columbia House DVD memberships plans in the past, but something tells me given the current selection of discs I’d be better off buying retail (albeit heavily discounted retail).

Reading through the details of the offer I was hard pressed to find any mention of exactly what these “membership” and “processing” fees were going to cost but I did see that you’re basically agreeing to purchase three more Blu-ray discs at “as low as $28.95 each”. Yeah, I think I’ll stick to my current method of purchasing discs.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Blu-ray


Comments

  • M. Audia

    I started in the Columbia House Laser Disk Club. It wasn’t the price of the disks it was the S&H fees. A 9.00 disk cost 20.00 after all is said and done.

  • M. Audia

    I started in the Columbia House Laser Disk Club. It wasn’t the price of the disks it was the S&H fees. A 9.00 disk cost 20.00 after all is said and done.

  • scott

    I signed up for Columbia House once, back when I was thirteen. They were offering tape cassettes!

    I got my 8 tapes for a penny or whatever, then failed to buy the required $100 or so in tapes after that. They sent a bill and an angry collections letter… which my parents sent straight back with an angry letter of their own. I got grounded, but at least Columbia House got served. :)

    I’d stay well away from BMG/Columbia House, given their BBB rating and everything I’ve heard about ‘em.

  • scott

    I signed up for Columbia House once, back when I was thirteen. They were offering tape cassettes!

    I got my 8 tapes for a penny or whatever, then failed to buy the required $100 or so in tapes after that. They sent a bill and an angry collections letter… which my parents sent straight back with an angry letter of their own. I got grounded, but at least Columbia House got served. :)

    I’d stay well away from BMG/Columbia House, given their BBB rating and everything I’ve heard about ‘em.

  • Al

    Another great way to buy BDs is Half.com. They are used, but always in good condition.

  • Al

    Another great way to buy BDs is Half.com. They are used, but always in good condition.