I read last month that the very last new VCR had been made in Japan this July.
It really is the end of an era.
Video cassettes stopped being sold commercially maybe 10 years ago so a new VCR still in 2016 is good going. The only place to find one now really is at a car boot sale or a charity shop at least here in the UK.
Collectable videos are getting hard to come by too at boot sales here in Blighty. There's still a few normal VHS tapes to be found but very few older big box or clamshells. I think most have been gathered up by video hounds like me!
Not so in Germany, where I recently spent some time. There are still plenty of interesting and collectable videos to be had at Floehmarkte at very reasonable prices. I was amazed.
My haul included one of my favourite box formats, the slim card case, one of which was still sealed in cellophane with the original shop price tag on of 15 marks.
Titles I bagged include Watchers, Driven, Spukschloss in Spessart, ET, Fear City and Ninja Grandmasters of Death.
So, as the final VCR rolled off the production line this summer and tapes become ever scarcer it's becoming even more important to keep some of this dead technology from disappearing altogether.
After all, an archival instinct is part of why we collect anything at all isn't it?