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April 04, 2008


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This is why I'm willing to pay for Netflix and Paperspine (if you haven't heard of this last one, it is a book rental service, very much like Netflix for books). My CPU for both of these is probably less than a buck. If went by my hourly use? WAAAAAY less than a buck. Whereas if I spent the same money buying a book or a DVD... well, how many times am I REALLY going to watch it? Not many.

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I agree completely on CPU. I also like factoring in my Cost Per Hour. A video game might be pricey at $50, but if I get 50+ hours into it then the enjoyment price is practically free. They could have charged me $200 for The Orange Box (PC) and I'd still come out ahead right now.

You make an equally valid point on renting games - so far I have 7-10 Wii games that I bought because they were "cheap." I never play them. That's just expensive clutter. Apart from the upcoming Mario Kart, my plan is to rent all Wii games first. That includes No More Heroes and Brawl.

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Richard Yong

Hi A.J.

That's a really great idea. I'm in Australia and have only just started seeing 'RedRoom' DVD vending machines, Netflix is also trying to start up here.

I also really like the book ideas as well I'll check out worldcat.org, I'm already finding books that I want to read, almost 90% aren't at my local library. I'm considering joining up with the state library which is massive, or as an alumni member at my old university. Another good resource when it comes to buying books you want to keep forever, but not in a library is in digital pdf/reader versions from the Ebook websites out there.




Great advice. If you want to save money even further on DVDs, go to RedBoxes. They're in a ton of grocery stores, and if you're like most people and watch it the same night you rent it, assuming you return it the next day, it only costs $1. The selection isn't as great, but it has almost all new DVDs, so there's always something good to watch.
And if they don't have the book you want at the library, there's two things you can do. First, try worldcat.org to find another library that has it. Or, instead of buying it new, try Amazon.com, where you can get a cheaper used version 99% of the time.

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