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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 14/4/2008 10:52:26 AM   
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I'll give a lone thumbs up to Playasia as they came through and delivered my Grindhouse DVD customs-charge free. I do realise I'm in the minority here, but I'm dead chuffed with the set, especially with the lack of customs charges!

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 15/4/2008 11:57:27 AM   
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I'll join your minority, homer.
I've made two purchases with PlayAsia - the first was excellent, very quick, well packaged and good price.
The second took an age (8 or 9 weeks), cos the item (an 8 disc boxset) was OOS and they had to re-order it. However, they sent me a couple of update emails with the option to cancel, and eventually got it in stock and shipped it. From shipping date to receipt was quick for an East Asian store, and again, well packed and no customs charges.

As I can't really blame them for the delay, I'd have to say that in my experience they've been very good.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 8/5/2008 8:01:02 AM   
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Just ordered La Haine from Play.com for Ģ5 at about...11pm last night.
At half 6 this morning, they emailed me to say it's been posted...now that is fast.
I'm still very happy with my Play.com orders, they've always been fast reliable and cheap.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 26/5/2008 1:25:11 AM   
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I've overhauled the first post in the thread:

* Added the Euro sites mentioned on page 2.
* Included a couple of voucher sites.
* Added a bit of blurb for each section, changed the intro message and got rid of those wayward bullet points (what is it with text formatting on this forum?!).

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 19/8/2008 10:34:53 AM   
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Update:

  • Added R2 price comparison sites 123PriceCheck and OnlinePriceGuide.
  • CD & DVD Bargains has been re-named HD & DVD Bargains.
  • US comparison sites DVDPriceCompare and DVDBrain are now defunct.
  • Added R1 comparison site Metaprices.
  • Added 5 R1 voucher code site links.
  • Checked all DVD store links and updated where necessary.
  • R2 store DVDPopcorn are now defunct.
  • R1 store VideoUniverse is now accessed directly through CDUniverse


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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 1/9/2008 4:31:05 PM   
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Anyone got any advice for getting a DVD from Argentina? The only store I can find seems to hit a point where it wants me to email for assistance, yet I can't seem to successfully translate what it's on about..


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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 10/9/2008 10:57:41 AM   
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Anyone got any advice for getting a DVD from Argentina? The only store I can find seems to hit a point where it wants me to email for assistance, yet I can't seem to successfully translate what it's on about..


Apparently ordering from Argentian sites to the UK is problematic, because their stores tend to want payment via Western Union.
I've had a not-too extensive look around for DVD sites in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, and these are what I came up with:

Musimundo (Argentina): http://www.musimundo.com/Default.aspx?cId=155
DVDVentas (Argentina): www.DVDventas.com
DVDJá (Brazil): http://www.dvdja.com.br/dvdja/vitrine.asp?prod=22&tipo=
Submarino (Brazil): http://www.submarino.com.br/homecache/dvds.aspx?Query=ProductPage&ProdTypeId=6
DVDMas (Mexico): http://www.dvdmas.com/tiendaenlinea/
Mixup.com (Mexico): http://www.mixup.com.mx/mixup/subdept_portada.asp?subdept_id=2

You could also try:
Mercadolibre - http://mercadolibre.com/ - it's the Latin American partner to eBay.

I haven't tried any of these retailers, have no idea as to their relative efficiency / reliability, or even whether you'll come up against the same problem you did with your original order. However, they may be worth a look.
Unless you're fluent in Spanish / Portuguese, I'd recommend you keep a Yahoo BabelFish (http://babelfish.yahoo.com/) window or similar open for translating.

I'll add these websites to the first post of this thread, with a "dunno if they work or not" disclaimer.

If you have any success at any of these or any other Latin American DVD sites, please post back to this thread, and I'll update the first post to say they're viable stores for ordering.

Cheers.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 10/9/2008 11:38:29 AM   
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Latest update:
  • I've added the Latin American DVD sites noted in the post above to the first post in this thread, with disclaimer that they are as yet un-tested.
  • As no one seems bothered to rate those sites in "Awaiting rating" status, I've moved as many those with the odd positive rating into the Recommended sections. If people start having really bad experiences with any sites, I'm sure they'll shout, and I'll re-edit.
  • I've re-formatted the section titles, so the Region is noted first to make it easier to scan and find what you're after.


If anyone buys DVDs from international sites, which are not included in the first post, please do let me know and I'll add them. Particularly good sites are those with an English language option, are reliable and are confirmed as making shipments to the UK.
But any decent sites will be included, even where the buyer needs to keep a handy translation website open.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 12/9/2008 12:51:30 PM   
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OK, I'm having another stab at DVDVentas (which was the one I'd tried before). Made it a bit further this time and seem to have accidentally placed two orders; I've sent them an email in bad google spanish asking for the duplicate to be deleted. We'll have to see how that works out.

I've still yet to be told the postage or, indeed, managed to give them a credit card number although it appears that they do take them (unlike, as you mention, some of the others). I think the email I've got from having placed the order implies that I'll get another email detailing how to make payment once they've worked out the postage.

I think.

Hmm. Wonder whether this will work out. Thanks hugely for the research though, Gram.


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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 12/9/2008 3:37:43 PM   
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Just had an email, which a quick spin through Google Languages informs me that DVDVentas have 'temporarily suspended' international credit card transactions and thus only take Western Union at present.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 15/9/2008 2:55:07 PM   
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Bad luck mate. Only advice I can offer is:

Seek other sources (Musimundo may be worth a try).

Wait for them to accept international credit cards (could be a long wait).

Join Western Union (http://www.westernunion.co.uk/WUCOMWEB/staticMid.do?method=load&countryCode=GB&languageCode=en&pagename=HomePage). It looks as though the operate similarly to PayPal, and should allow people from any country to register. If necessary, you can contact them here: http://corporate.westernunion.com/contact_us.html



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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 17/9/2008 8:24:28 PM   
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I've recently used Bol.com - Dutch, relatively easy to follow, and very quick service.

Also, DVDGo - remarkably speedy service as they insist on using TNT! So postage a wee bit expensive, but easy to use and I found it very quick and reliable.

Both sites had the DVD to me within 5 days.

Now if I can just find an Icelandic one! I've tried skifan.is - but I'm not really sure what I'm doing and whether I've ordered or not. I've definitely set up an account though!

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 17/9/2008 8:26:01 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Gram123

Bad luck mate. Only advice I can offer is:

Seek other sources (Musimundo may be worth a try).

Wait for them to accept international credit cards (could be a long wait).

Join Western Union (http://www.westernunion.co.uk/WUCOMWEB/staticMid.do?method=load&countryCode=GB&languageCode=en&pagename=HomePage). It looks as though the operate similarly to PayPal, and should allow people from any country to register. If necessary, you can contact them here: http://corporate.westernunion.com/contact_us.html




Although note that Western Union offers you absolutely no protection whatsoever.

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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 19/10/2008 12:56:03 AM   
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Deadly thread. No Irish sites  though.  Despite having multiple shops here in the country neither HMV nor Zavvi are Irish friendly - neither accept Irish debit cards and don't offer free delivery to Republic of Ireland.

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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 19/10/2008 10:51:23 PM   
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Feel free to post some Irish sites!
I had a look quite a while ago - think I was looking for an Irish release of something or other, not sure why now.
Anyway, I remember I had real trouble finding anything other than UK sites who offer shipment to Ireland. Either that or those specialist shops that sell local DVDs about Ireland.


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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 19/10/2008 11:57:08 PM   
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I wish there were some Irish sites to post about but there's none! None that I know of anyway!
For a site worthy of my Irish custom it must have 3 things - Euro pricing, Free Delivery to Ireland (or at least a standard rate rather than a per order and per item charge) and the final condition- the acceptance of Irish Maestro debit cards as payment. Sites like paypal, play.com, hmv et al that accept Maestro don't accept Irish Maestro cards which are sort of called Maestro Laser cards. Cdwow accept them but I've read terrible things about them. Have a look for yrself -http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055358632&highlight=cdwow+problems.

There's a pretty good dvd shop here called Golden Discs, they've plenty of good dvds at good prices. They're not as big as hmv so not as much stock or choice but they're still much better than Zavvi which recently just closed another shop (they've closed 3big shops in Dublin since 2002). golden discs have a site but they don't do orders from it.

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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 20/10/2008 12:13:35 AM   
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My own experience with CDWow has been a mixed bag, both before and after the change of ownership.
About half of my orders have taken over 2 weeks to come, and on a couple of occasions it was much longer so I cancelled. However, the rest of the time they've been very good (which is why I went back even after the odd delayed order). I've had duplicate items sent once or twice too, and experiences with their customer services have swung between great and rather poor.
I shan't demote them to the Avoid section yet...


Anyway, latest update to page 1 of this thread:

- Added R2 sites Bol (Netherlands) and Skifan.is (Iceland) as per elab49's post above.
- Added R1 site DVD Empire (USA).
- Added R4 sites Chaos, DVD Video Planet, Family Box Office and Sanity.
- Added R3 sites Buyoyo (HK), eThaiCD (Thailand), Five Star Laser (USA), and the Germany-based Charmes (aka Chua Import & Entertainment).

- I also checked out some other R4 sites, but found that they do not ship internationally, so I haven't included them on p.1: SpectreWorld (R4, Australia) and Top Shop (R4, Australia).

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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 31/10/2008 4:47:03 PM   
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Latest update:

- Added "Other nations" section and a brief note about international shipping in the Online DVD stores section.

- Added South African site Kalahari.net. There are a few other sites in SA, but most don't seem to ship internationally, so only added this one for nows...

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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 5/11/2008 11:48:09 AM   
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- Added HMV HK and HMV Japan.

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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 13/11/2008 5:32:55 PM   
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- Corrected locale of DVD VideoPlanet (it's New Zealand, not Australia)

- Added the following sites:
VideoLand (Denmark)
 
DVDDownUnder (Australia)
fbo Entertainment (Australia)

DVD Movies (Argentina)
CD Point (Brazil)
DVD World (Brazil)
fnac Brazil (Brazil)

Anime Jungle (Japan)
Boomerang (Thailand)
ThaiCDExpress (Thailand)
ThaiMegaMart (Thailand)
Zoom Movie (Malaysia)
 
Movie Mart (India)

I checked all of the above to ensure they all ship internationally (and as such omitted many others including sites in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan and Chile...).
My intention is to go through all of the sites on the first page soon and remove any that definitely do not ship internationally, though there shouldn't be many.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 20/11/2008 11:29:17 AM   
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Price comparison sites give me a headache. Grrr

I have found this amazing online virtual mall.  It's got a whole (virtual) floor for films.  I've bagged some pretty good bargains.  Me and my housemates love it! Why has nobody thought of this before???

Has anyone else been on Mallplace?

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 3/12/2008 5:14:55 PM   
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Loaded247 have now ceased trading, due to the current economic climate.

Removed them from the list in the first post of this thread.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 18/12/2008 8:38:29 PM   
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A massive two thumbs up for amazon.com. Ordered the Deadwood boxset, was dispatched as soon as it came out and I received it after one week, in the Christmas season as well, which is even more impressive. Also it cost Ģ80 and there were no customs charges. Packinging is in perfect condition as well.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 19/12/2008 8:27:51 AM   
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Apologies if these have already been mentioned during the thread, and I haven't noticed but you can add a full fist of thumbs up from me for the following 3 sites:

DiabolikDVD
Xploited Cinema
Chainsawdvd.nl

I've ordered from them all multiple times and have never had any problems.
A small note in regards to Xploited, though... they recently announced that they were closing down - meaning they were no longer taking on new releases, however they still have a hell of a lot of titles in stock and will ship FedEx International Priority to the UK, which is great.

I would link them, but I'm at work and they are blocked (for obvious reasons!)

Another pretty good one is tele-movie-shop.de, they are fairly slow with delivery but they do sell some specialist hard to find DVD's (depending on what you look for) at fairly competitive prices.

Also the amazon marketplace seller caiman is also fantastic - very quick delivery from US, and rock bottom prices - I buy most of my Criterion DVDs from them.

P.S. add a +1 from me for Sazuma as well.

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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 22/12/2008 4:51:41 AM   
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Going to put forward a combined rental/retail sale site for New Zealand - AroVideo Online. They stock a good range of obscure titles for sale and/or rent, and I'll be hiring from them in a week or two, so I'll be able to give a verdict then.


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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 27/12/2008 1:22:38 PM   
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As with Zavvi, Woolworths website is not currently operational.
Still can't edit, but once that function's back I'll add all such updates to the first post in this thread.


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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 6/1/2009 12:20:34 PM   
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One to remove and one to add from S. Korea:
 
DVDFromKorea is officially dead.

K2DVD (South Korea) (http://www.k2dvd.com/) - site in English, ships internationally.


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RE: Recommended online DVD shops - 12/1/2009 10:16:00 AM   
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Now we have the edit function back, I've made the changes noted above, i.e.:

Removed Woolworths and DVDFromKorea. Added a note regarding Zavvi not currently trading, added K2DVD.

I've removed DVDJā - whilst they are still operational, it appears that they now only sell adult films, so the site may not work-safe, and this isn't a directory for such sites!

I've also gone through all of the sites that are not in English-speaking countries to check whether the site is in English or not. You can now consider all sites in the 1st post of this thread to be in English, unless otherwise stated.

I still have a couple of things to do:
- Confirm the availability of international shipping at all sites. Most definitely do provide this service, but I need to check the Latin American sites and one or two others.
- Check and add the sites advised by the couple of users above.

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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 13/1/2009 3:36:28 PM   
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Thanks for this thread! Deadly useful resources.

I have had positive experience to the following stores (all are multiple experiences) :

Amazon UK
Amazon France
YesAsia
HMV Japan
eThaiCD
Five Star Laser

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RE: Recommended online DVD sites - 14/1/2009 9:14:15 AM   
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Ok, from BizarreEye's recommendations:

I added DiabolikDVD to the multiple regions / awaiting recommends section, with a note that they sell primarily cult and horror. Some sections of the site may not be worksafe. I'll wait and see what people's opinions are, as to whether it should remain in the list in post 1 of this thread.
Xploited Cinema was blocked on my work PC. As the content may not be worksafe, and in light of BizarreEye's note that they are closing down, I will omit this one from the list.
Chainsawdvd.nl is actually Chainsawvideo.nl. Whilst this opened, a quick assessment of their homepage leads me to judge that the site may not be worksafe, so again, I will not add to the list.
I've noted your +1 rating for Sazuma.
Oh, and I will not include any Amazon sellers, Ebay sellers etc in the list - regardless of people's experiences of using them.

I've added Pigeon Army's suggestion of AroVideo to the list.

I've noted deacc's ratings for eThaiCD and FiveStarLaser - I've made an order at the former myself recently, as has at least one other forum member, so if they go well, I'll move them up into the Recommended East Asian section.

I've also moved MovieTyme up into Recommended territory - enough people here use them often enough, and most people seem to have had positive experiences.

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