Everyday I hear, “Wow a video store!” It makes me feel both happy that I’m still doing this and anxious as I think I may be a fool for keeping this outfit running. Life in the world of video stores, as one might presume, is not easy. As much as we all love being part of the last remaining shop in town, we are also wary of the precarious nature of this business. It’s stressful, maddening, angst-ridden yet still awesome.
But as much as we love bringing you the best in what the world have to offer in cinema and TV, it is increasingly becoming more difficult to do so. As you know, there’s a plethora of choices from where to get your media. And these choices are increasing – for better or for worse. It seems that with more platforms offering this and that the actual content seems to be shrinking. Look at Netflix – they only have around 3,000 movies to offer (most are straight-to-video crap). We have almost 17,000 titles (many of which you can’t find anywhere online). But in the matter of convenience vs quality, convenience always seems to win. Why leave the house to get a copy of the latest Oscar winner when you can watch any number of Adam Sandler movies in your robe? But when you think about it, would you rather give your hard-earned dollars to a billionaire who doesn’t pay taxes or support your local shop that employs folks from the neighborhood and is a part of your vibrant community?
Business is tough. Places come and go. It’s part of life. We understand that. And right now, business is tough for us. The future seems cloudy. But you can help! Keep your streaming sites (don’t illegally download!) but also keep us in mind if you want something good. Even if you just pop in once or twice a month, it would go a long way to keeping us open. Buy a 10-movie punch card that will save you over $10 in rentals! Grab a T-shirt (more are on the way!) or buy some films from us (we’re having a big sale at the Cambie shop on the 26th of May) or donate your unwanted DVDS. Anything and everything helps.
We’ve been in your community for a long time – going on 24 years at Cambie and 14 at Commercial – and want to stay here. Even if it’s just for a little while longer. But we can’t do it without you. I hope to see your smiling faces in the shops soon.
Darren and the Black Dog Staff