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Do You Still Have a VCR?

You might be surprised to hear that I still had VHS tapes as recent as two years ago. I actually only got rid of them because, when my boyfriend moved in, he insisted they go. It was quite the geeky tug of war!

But it wasn't about me thinking the technology was still viable — I was just hanging on to movies I hadn't bought on DVD yet and it was kind of sentimental. In the end, I knew he was right — they were just taking up space and I couldn't stand to watch movies in that level of quality anyway. So heave-ho, off to Goodwill they went.

But then, of course, I had to decide what to do with my VCR. My family hasn't converted all our home movies from VHS yet, and I was worried I'd need it for something. In the end, I was the one who got rid of the VCR (mostly because I was having a Monica Gellar attack).

So do you still keep one around? Either for just-in-case purposes, or because you still watch VHS tapes (promise I won't judge)?


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radarcassy radarcassy 9 years
I have a VCR/DVD combo :3 and I happily use both sides. Theres something comforting about watching VCR's. The fuzzy quality a calling back to simpler times. XD
jspeed jspeed 9 years
I do but it's not hooked up. Last time I wanted to watch a tape, I went to my mom's instead of fighting with mine!
Lyv Lyv 9 years
Damn, VCRs! I had one of those! I wonder when my parents got rid of it? I never even noticed it was gone. LMAO
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
Yes, because I have a combo player. Haven't used the VHS part since it was purchased though (second hand, from a friend).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I do, but its in the closet, and i only bust it out to watch old home movies. I got rid of all my VHS on ebay back when i saw the demise coming! made some cash!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's really funny - we do have VCRs at my mom's house but i don't know if any of them are hooked up anywhere. thank goodness for the whole DVR thing right?
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I have a great JVC VCR that was top of the line when and still works great. Plus, I'm not repurchasing all of my movies in dvd format.
Rnicolew Rnicolew 9 years
I have a duel vcr/dvd....I cant bare without my vhs.....
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
VCRs have a special place in my heart :-) I have tons of recorded tapes, family videos, etc., and personally, I kind of like the nostalgia of having it. Simpler times ;-)
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
DVD/VCR combo until I can replace my 80's cartoons on VHS with DVDs. Or at least bootleg DVDs.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 9 years
Yes, guilty. I still have one to watch my occasional Korean dramas, so fun. Altho, some video stores are now coming out with DVD versions. Its nice to have around.
Zivanod Zivanod 9 years
Yeah, I still have a VCR. It's under my bed, collecting dust. But I have a bunch of Disney VHS's and I cannot upgrade them until they are released from the "Disney vault."
Lil-Sunshine Lil-Sunshine 9 years
I check out VHS tapes from the library and I don't have a DVR, so I still use my VCR. I don't have a combo, and there's no excuse for that.
CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 9 years
I junked my VCR years ago, but when I upgraded to a DVD player I opted for one with a VCR/DVD combo player: 1) Takes up less space 2) Still had old VHS tapes I wanted to watch 3) Uses less power than two separate units 4) DVD Recorders were very expensive and DVR's weren't widely available yet. I hang my head in shame for not upgrading to a DVR yet, especially since I could get one as a set top box from my cable company for an extra $1.38 per month.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
Wow, I had no idea people still had VCRs. We're already talking about upgrading to a BluRay player as soon as the prices drop a little. Our DVR costs something like $5 extra a month and it's totally worth it; a VCR would eat up that much power just blinking the time. We also have On Demand and all the movie channels, so I find that we're spending a lot less on going out to the movies or renting them.
shalee55 shalee55 9 years
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i can go one better. i still use my vcr! i don't have tivo or dvr anymore because i was trying to save money so i bought a $40 dvd/vcr combo and i watch my dvds and tape my tv shows with pride. i'm not tossing it until it breaks. i don't care what people say. if it ain't broke don't fix it!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have one still :) Actally, the only reason I have one is because my TV in the bedroom is a VCR DVD combo :)
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
Nope and actually I don't know that many people who have one. I tried to watch a VHS tape once and I couldn't find a VCR.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Yes i have one and a dvd/vcr combo. I have so many vhs tapes and don't want to re buy them on DVD. But i guess some day i will.
tlight tlight 9 years
All of my favourite 'videos' are too precious to give up. I have one of those little tv-vcr units which fits perfectly into my little apartment. And of course, the DVD player is hooked up there too. It will be a sad, sad day for my movie collection if my VCR breaks down..
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I still have it and I still use it daily to record my soap operas LOL!
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
No, since 2003. Once I got the Tivo with the DVD burner, I've never had a reason to look back.
verily verily 9 years
I still have one. Not for recording stuff, but for watching my old VHS tapes. And one of my favorite video stores that specializes in carrying old obscure movies still carries VHS, since a lot of movies still haven't been converted to DVD.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I have a combo burner so I can put my old VHS tapes on DVD.
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