Warner has announced a trade-in program called DVD2BLU. In short, you choose DVDs to trade in, you pay $8 or $10 a disc (plus $5 shipping if you order less than $25 worth), and you get Blu-rays in return. (US only, allow 4-5 weeks to receive replacement.)
Now, this is a nice offer if you want to upgrade. But financially…
|Movie||Trade-in Cost||Blu-ray Price||Used DVD Value||Do Math|
|A Christmas Story||9.95||15.99||5||10.99|
This selection was based solely on “movies I’d like to watch”, and the prices were shown on Amazon at the time I was writing this. The column labeled “Do Math” is the cost to buy the Blu-ray outright minus the used DVD price (assuming you sold it to someone else).
So in some cases you’re better off just buying a replacement and selling off your DVD, especially if it’s a catalog title on discount. The $10 trade-ins are discs in more demand, apparently, or not as old. I was surprised to see how much some Blu-ray prices have fallen! As always, do some research before you take the deal. If the numbers work out for you, it’s a nice gesture on the part of the studio. Plus, they get some used DVDs out of the market.