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I Miss the Video Store

Do you miss going to the store and finding exactly what you need? That has been the norm for me over the past year or so. It’s getting better, but I still have to order quite a few things online.

What surprised me most recently was a trip to a large chain electronics and entertainment store over the weekend, and it had nothing to do with the pandemic. I was dismayed by the changing times.

I went to a nationally known store looking for a new movie to enjoy on a Saturday night at home and add to my collection. All of our area video rental stores have closed, but I was expecting to still be able to buy movies.

My husband and I enjoy movie nights from our couch instead of going out these days. While the store had some new releases and a few old classics, I was disheartened by the small number of videos available. They had nothing that interested me.

Not so many years ago, I would visit this particular store and spend hours browsing the racks of DVDs and CDs. At least half the store was dedicated to them. They had a wonderful collection of family movies, anime, action adventures, thrillers, and comedies.

Their music selection was unrivaled. Back in the day, I could find every current artist and an employee who could hold an intelligent conversation about all of them. Now the music is contained in a mere three foot section with no employee in sight.

Browsing the aisles was one of my favorite things to do. Those were the days. To see such a small selection at what used to be the best place to purchase movies and music saddens me. There were only two aisles of movies, and both were sparse.

I understand that most people stream their entertainment now, but I like being able to pop a DVD into a player and enjoy a nice movie without using the internet. I like the option of being able to loan a good movie to my mom or sister if they haven’t seen it and vice versa. I guess I’m old fashioned that way.

I know we live in a digital age, but sometimes the world moves too fast for me. I miss the simpler times of the video store.

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