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Old January 16th, 2007, 09:15 PM   #1
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Getting your DVD into Best Buy???

Ok How do you go about doing that? We have a streetracing DVD that is all american muscle non of the fast n furious crap. We have a well designed cover and awsome content, who do we contact?
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Old January 17th, 2007, 09:21 AM   #2
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My wife works in this very industry (runs a company specializing in it), so I can offer some knowledge that I have picked up.

All those DVDs and CDs that you see in BestBuy....BestBuy haven't paid for them. You can't just go to them and say "Please buy 2,000 copies of my DVD". You need to find a distributor and draw up a distribution agreement. And don't expect to get any money any time soon. Even if they take 2,000 copies, they can choose, for any reason, to return them. For a DVD retailing for $20, you might get $2 to $3.

They also have very exacting requirements for packaging, barcoding, RFID tagging etc etc. And their standards will be different than, say, Borders.

I'd be happy to put you in touch with my wife - she'd be more than happy to explain the process (for free, most likely, too!)
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Old January 19th, 2007, 09:43 AM   #3
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I'd be very interested in hearing more about this as well.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 03:01 PM   #4
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My wife works in this very industry (runs a company specializing in it), so I can offer some knowledge that I have picked up.

All those DVDs and CDs that you see in BestBuy....BestBuy haven't paid for them. You can't just go to them and say "Please buy 2,000 copies of my DVD". You need to find a distributor and draw up a distribution agreement. And don't expect to get any money any time soon. Even if they take 2,000 copies, they can choose, for any reason, to return them. For a DVD retailing for $20, you might get $2 to $3.

They also have very exacting requirements for packaging, barcoding, RFID tagging etc etc. And their standards will be different than, say, Borders.

I'd be happy to put you in touch with my wife - she'd be more than happy to explain the process (for free, most likely, too!)
I would be VERY interested in this also, I produce rockcrawling and rock racing videos and would like to get them into Best Buy, FYE, etc. and I have an investor willing to help make it happen.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 11:46 PM   #5
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in the early 90's BlockBuster based their indie selection on the "BOX" ( package) ...back then you sent them the BOX 1st - if they liked the box then they asked to see the movie ...they said it's the BOX that rents a unknown movie ...
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