Everyone loves a bargain. You see a film that you fancy watching in a discount store like CEX or a supermarket. It’s £3. Bargain right? But you buy them in anticipation that you’re going to have a quiet Friday night with your partner, but something comes up. Plans for your Friday change and it gets added to your DVD collection, plastic wrapper still intact.
Yet as Britains, this continued fad means that we own a lot of DVDs that aren’t being watched, £5.5million in fact. That’s a lot of money that could have been used on several different things.
The research was conducted by Netvouchercodes.co.uk, and what they have found is that around 32% of the estimated total worth of DVD collections has never been played. It is estimated that the people in Britain currently own around £17,199,37,000 worth of DVDs in our homes.
More research that came out of the campaign is that 10% of Brits don’t actually own any DVDs, and £1.5billion is spent on video games that have never been played. The survey also highlights that there is a decline in physical media with the rise of electronic services such as Netflix and the Playstation Store.
“We can see the effect of digital media on physical DVD and game sales in these statistics particularly in the 18-24 age bracket, which is seen as the most ‘digital savvy’ age group.” comments John Stirzaker, Creative Director at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk
He continues; “It is surprising, however, to see how much money has been wasted on DVDs and video games across the country. Selling your unwanted media can be a great way to make a few pounds and it makes sure that someone is getting the benefit of these gifts.”
So next time you go to your local Morrisons and fancy a Friday film night, make sure it actually happens, because it’s a damn shame that films get lost on your shelves, never to be watched, ever.
Unwatched Entertainment. An infographic by the voucher codes website NetVoucherCodes.co.uk