Sport Here's why you should not throw your old VHS

00:40  19 january  2022
00:40  19 january  2022 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Il vous reste encore de vieilles cassettes VHS dans vos placards ? cassettes © Illustration Photo: Piqsels You still have old VHS cassettes in your cupboards?

It might have been totally disappeared, but the VHS cassette still exists. Despite the explosion of streaming platforms, it resists indeed, continuing to generate sales and purchases in an impressive market ... and not just for its vintage aspect.

You may remain a VCR at home? Or maybe only a few VHS tapes? Or even a whole cardboard? You separate might not be such a good idea. Because no, the video cassette Home System is not dead. The famous magnetic band coils are the subject of a rather juicy market, on the internet, as reported the New York Times in February 2021, relayed by Slate . Because despite the existence of DVDs, but especially from the recent explosion of streaming platforms and video on demand, the good old video tapes keep the rating. One could certainly find them a nostalgic aspect, "vintage" even, but it is not the only reason for their unusable popularity. Explanations.

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Chez vous se cachent peut-être quelques trésors. © Illustration photo: Pexels At you may be hiding some treasures.

no, the VHS is not dead

the multiple streaming platforms, which offer many series, various movies, or cartoons, could let us think that to find something to watch, there is to search on the internet, or have a Netflix or Amazon account ... The reality is slightly more complex.

The New York Times questioned Matthew Booth, owner of Videodrome in Atlanta, who sells VHS tapes in addition to its Blu-ray and DVD rental activity. For the 47-year-old man, "the general perception that people can essentially control any movie from home is totally erroneous" .

and for reason, between movies temporarily present on the platforms, renting a film that can not exceed 48 hours, or simply the need to accumulate different subscriptions to benefit from a varied catalog, some regret the time of VHS cassettes.

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The latter can then totally stand out, offering movies today difficult to view, but also unique images.

"All what you can think is on a VHS cassette, it was a revolutionary medium, explains Josh Schafer, Lunchmeat VHS editor, an American magazine dedicated to cassettes, in the New York newspaper. It was a way accessible to all to record something and then broadcast it.

A strand of nostalgia

and if the cassettes are an alternative to streaming platforms, they also allow some to plunge into the past. Launched at the end of the 1970s in France, the VHS cassette documented a number of events for thirty years. Whether the films of studios, independents, or more personal videos (first steps, weddings, birthdays, etc.), the cassettes fall within another generation, and transmit to the present all the authenticity of an era Audiovisual over.

This is precisely what the American Michael Myerz, 29, is looking for an experimental hip-hop of Atlanta (Georgia). It works from the special sounds produced by the cassettes during their diffusion. Many people were also taking the time to record live programs on their cassettes, including advertisements ... Another element that allows you to plunge into the past.

"It's like a temporal capsule, explains Michael Myerz. The support does not look like any other.

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An object that takes the

value today, VHS drives are no longer produced. Yet, the purchases of cassettes resume magnitude. In February, the MIC site published data provided by the famous eBay online sales site. Between 2016 and 2019, sales of VHS increased by 5%, per year, while DVDs and Blu-ray fall continuously.

The site also reported the selling price of some cassettes, rare but extremely sought after. For some, the sale can reach several tens of thousands of euros. Among the quoted, Disney cartoons, like beautiful and beast, a VHS sold at $ 60,000, 49 000 €.

finds that it is also possible to do on Instagram, at a lower cost. Slate explained that via the hashtag #vhsforsal, there are cassettes at all prices, $ 2.50 (€ 2) for the teeth of the sea, with € 38,700 for the small mermaid, which it is possible to Buy on the platform Etsy. So, who knows, a treasure hides maybe in your attic?

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