We Need Your Help!

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

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6 Responses to We Need Your Help!

  1. Ruth says:


    I would like to help by putting up posters on the Main Street corridor on a regular basis. Let me know if you would like that sort of help.


    • Darren says:

      Thanks, Ruth! I was talking to RJ at the Cambie store about this last night. That is something we may get into. I’ll let you know and thanks very much for the support!



  2. Amanda Leelman says:

    We will definitely be there for the sale ! I love your store on Commercial Drive so much. Just started renting videos from you guys in the past month and was amazed by all the great selection, from foreign to old stuff to new releases it’s just so nice to find stuff I actually like to watch rather than just mindlessly picking some junk on Netflix and zoning out partway into it. For me I find if I actually pay to rent the movie I watch it rather than get distracted with other things, and find it much more relaxing to actually set the time aside to view the movie and shut off the phone etc.
    And the staff is super awesome, I love that I can bring my little dog in and she loves going because they are so nice and give her a treat! We drive in once a week from Abbotsford to rent the weekly rentals and do our fun stuff on the drive . I hope you guys stick around for a long long time !!

    • Darren says:

      Thanks for the support and nice words and yes, I totally agree about actually picking something out to watch and taking it home. No matter how good/bad/great/terrible it is, you’ll watch it.


  3. Cassandra says:

    May you live long and prosper.

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