Operation Movie Watch: The End of Impulse Buying

Well I did it. I finished every unwatched movie that I own. It was a long, painful journey and I scarified a lot and have a full Tivo to clean out now that this adventure is over and I learned a lot.

I had a lot of moments when watching these where I thought to myself, “What the hell am I watching?” I had more of those moments than I would like to admit. I then had to process the thought on why I bought some of these movies. The movies I’ve bought at conventions were either bought to be signed by someone or impulse buys.

It’s the impulse buys that were my downfall that roots back to my childhood. When renting movies was a happening thing, I used to cruise down the horror section and look at all the creepy, bloody, eye-catching boxes and just felt out what I wanted to watch. I didn’t have to look at the back to read what the movie was about, it was all about the covers that sold me. It was that habit as a kid that shaped me to be the horror loving geek that I’m so proud to be.

Times are different now and covers don’t sell me anymore, plots don’t always do the trick either. It’s hard these days to find decent movies to watch. I base a lot on what I watch on word-of-mouth via social networking or personal recommendations.

Watching as many movies that I can get my hands on not only gives me an outside range of what I typically watch but I gain the urge to explore more. It’s in my explorations where I’ve gotten lost somewhere. I’ve bought movies on Netflix (back when they sold movies for 5-10 bucks) just because they were horror and on sale. Big mistake. I bought movies at conventions because I had money to spend and a dvd collection to build. Some mistakes, some not.

Like a shopaholic that has a break down when getting the credit card bill, forcing myself to confront my problem by watching a lot of crap has now curb my addiction. I don’t want to watch shit like BTK Killer just because it was on sale. That’s an hour and a half of my life I won’t be getting back ever again.

There were some movies out of the pile that I thought were awesome (The Death Note series for example) Those purchases were well worth it I just wished I had more of those and less of the others.

Because the economy sucks hard, it’s important that I start wasting money on better dvds. This experiment has taught me a valuable lesson. Though I’d rather own than rent, I should take more advantage of having a Netflix subscription and be careful of my purchases. I now know that when I walk up the aisle of a convention or even the horror sections at stores, I should at least invest the extra minutes to read the back and feel if this is something I going to want to spend money on and if I’m going to watch it right away.

I vow to never have another “unwatched” pile ever again!

My next convention is at the end of October so I’m hoping that my painful experience has stuck enough that I stick to my plan. Here’s hoping.

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