For today’s blog I am going to cover a topic that I once wrote an essay about in my High School business class. The idea was in general are we going to outsource tangible shopping to digital stores? Well of course in my mind certain things will always need to be sold in physical stores such as fresh fruit, groceries, and even in a lot of cases it is better to pick up stuff for your vehicle from an authorized dealer. But for this blog I want to focus on DVDs and video games. Do we think that stores will sill exist for these items in the future?
Honestly in my opinion we will see stores for this type of media go with the cable, and satellite TV. Consumers will still watch TV and they will still buy movies. Just not from a store! Here are the reasons why! First off stores can only offer a limited amount of content. I know if I want an independent LGBT film I will probably not find it in most stores. Secondly it is easier to just pick out a movie off the internet load in a credit card and just pay then and there for the movie and or video game of your choice and lastly the mark up prices for stores can be to high in a lot of cases.
First off the stores can be limiting with content offered! When I want to find the entire Star Wars trilogy I can never seem to find it. Another example is take this holiday LGBT classic.
Where I am from this is not going to be on the shelves of every DVD retailer for obvious reasons. Too many churches would not like to see this film on the shelf. Which is a shame it is a really good story about how a college student comes out to his family over the holidays.
Secondly I have to say with movies and video games right now it is easier to pick up a downloadable game online then it was to go to the store. Take with WWE 2K15 for example. I didn’t go to EB games on the release date to pick up this game. One day before the release date it was uploaded to Xbox live so I put my credit card in and downloaded away. It was so easy and I was wrestling on my game the same day for the release in the United States. Not waiting for a silly Canadian retailer to have the game.
Lastly the days of marking up movie prices is over. Why is someone going to pay sixty dollars for a movie when Netflix is nine dollars a month! No honestly if retailers even want to survive they are going to have to keep movies in the range of ten to thirty dollars. Otherwise it is just not competitive with today’s market.
Anyways this is my opinion for buying games and DVDs in stores. It is losing its appeal because of limited content, Secondly it is way easier to buy DVDs and games online for download then it is to physically go out and purchase them and lastly the mark up for store prices is too high. Sorry DVD stores in Kingston Ontario. It is just a matter of time and you are on borrowed time as it is. I predict with in a decade Cable and Satellite TV will have to go with the old novelty of purchasing a movie from a store. Plus the consumers can get the same customer service just by going to a Facebook group and talking to one of the dedicated customer service reps on Facebook.
Would you still buy DVDs or video games from a store if you had the option to just download them? Let me know with a comment or a Tweet to @Ashton4321.