While shopping in Glasgow a few weeks ago, I went into HMV and could hardly move; people were literally queued out the door buying DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs and Vinyl records.
Streaming is all well and good but when it comes to Christmas shopping it’s actually nice to get an actual object rather than a link to a website or a gift card.
Personally I will always prefer owning the Blu-ray/DVD of a movie as I like having the artwork, special features, etc.; I used to think I was in the minority but after that trip to HMV it got me thinking that many people still enjoy buying movies/music in their physical form.
Malls are becoming less interesting for me as many stores I liked going to are going out of business so it’s harder to buy movies from anywhere other than Amazon.
This is a shame as I’ve always enjoyed talking to people about movies in stores or if the staff have any recommendations for something I may not have heard of.
The social aspect has definitely left but I found it extremely positive to see so many people buying physical media for Christmas which has me thinking that it might not be ready to disappear just yet.