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Old July 28th, 2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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What to do now? Maxell tapes. Use them?

It was quite a shock last night to go down to Sams Club and discover that they did away with this brand & no longer carry them. Been buying them there since 2002+2003!

The price was right.... about $20 for 8 tape model DVM 60SE. They have "ME" marked on them.

Trying to find a source to replace Sams online thus far has been challenging.

I find a decent price and they kill you with the shipping, sometimes ridiculously so. OR:

The prices average $6-10 and up for each one.

Sams cost was less than $3 each.

Please post your best deals.

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Old July 28th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #2
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Compare Low-Priced Sony miniDV | DV | Mini DV Tapes by Tape Stock Online

Their Panasonic PQ tapes are actually cheaper than the Maxell tapes. They also do quantity discounts, and if I remember the shipping wasn't outrageous.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 06:42 PM   #3
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Taperesources.com is currently running Sony PRR's for $1.90ea in quantity (or $2 ea)

For me, at least, they ship next day (proximity, not necessarily because I'm awesome).
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Old July 31st, 2010, 07:52 PM   #4
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The good news?

Panasonic no longer import their DV cleaner tapes to Oz. I'd keep an eye on other brand/type cancellations and stock up on your favourite if you intend to keep using it.

Post one here > RIP Magnetic Tape.

IMO when DV tape sales drop below a certain level the majors will sell their plants to start up companies who want to make a quick buck. They'll cut costs by using cheaper print, cases and eventually drop some quality control. I owned a major cassette duplicating plant and saw this happen with audio cassettes > CDs.

If it wasn't for the 3rd world we'd have seen the end of mag tape by now. That's progress!
30+ years with our own audio and visual production company and studios.

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