Archive for December 2009

One Negative of Purchasing a DVD with a “Digital Copy” Included

December 22, 2009

I was at my local Sam’s Club today and picked up a copy of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”. This was a 2-Disc Special Edition that proclaimed in all caps that it included a digital copy inside. I’ve been willing to pay the additional $2 to $10 such “special” versions demand over the plain-vanilla DVD because I like having the digital copy and I like the convenience of not having to spend two to three hours ripping the DVD and converting it to a format that I can use with iTunes to transfer to an AppleTV or my iPhone (great when my son latches onto a disc or when I want to watch a movie while traveling but don’t want to carry a bunch of discs with me).

Later this evening, I opened the package with the expectation of copying the digital copy of the film into my iTunes library. Much to my disappointment, there was no insert in the package with the required authorization code. I couldn’t fine the code anywhere else in the packaging either. In the end, I had to make a trip back to Sam’s Club and ask to exchange the disc for another copy. The first new copy I pulled from the shelf and opened at the customer service desk had the same problem, there was no insert included in the box with an authorization code to gain access to the digital copy. It required another trip tot he middle of the store for a third copy before I finally got one that included the required code.

This is my first time coming across this highly inconvenient set of circumstances, and I hope it’s my last. Otherwise, I’ll have to weigh the time and trouble of returning to the store against the time and trouble of just ripping the DVD and converting it myself. Buyer beware, you don’t always get what you pay for, even if it’s posted on the box in 40-point font.

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My Niece Madison

December 19, 2009


Happy birthday Madison! I’ll see you at your birthday party today.

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