R.I.P. VHS

By Deane Barker on June 13, 2005

Report: Wal-Mart to exit VHS business, free space for DVDs: The death of VHS tapes happened awfully suddenly.

[Wal-Mart’s decision to stop selling VHS tapes] comes after an announcement from Target that it will phase out VHS sales by September. Best Buy and Circuit City no longer sell VHS tapes, according to the report.

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Comments

  1. Anyone want to buy a 12″ TV/VCR combo that is in my office. Only 1 year old, purchased from Wal-Mart. Make offer.

  2. I’d like to know when the major movie studios are going to abandon the obsolete VHS format.. Afterall, it’s they who manufacture the tapes, not Wal-Mart. Once they cease VHS production(which is GUARANTEED to happen in the near future…) Wal-Mart and any other retail outlets still clinging to this prehistoric and mostly unprofitable(vhs sales of big new releases account for less than 10% of total revenue!) will have to let it go… I suspect the arrival of HD DVD and Blu-Ray in early 2006 will be the final nail in the coffin. There will simply be no room left for large, clunky VHS tapes in this already cluttered DVD market once that happens.

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