Advantages Good Selection, Good Services, Good Customer Support
Disadvantages High Prices On New Releases
I first came across this site way back in the dark dark ages of the 20th Century somewhere in the region of 1998/99.I was desperately trying to find a video that had become obsolete in the UK and I was often seen in pawn shops or video shops looking through their old video selections trying to find it. For those interested the film is called “Streets of Fire” and I will do a review on this as soon as I get some time.
I was getting desperate to try and find this video and did many searches on the title for the results to only tell me that you could only get this on US format VHS or on DVD. There is something about getting an original film on VHS so I persisted on trying to find it in this format.One day I came across this site called BlackStar and was immediately impressed with the information on the page. It’s changed over the years and looks a lot more informative now than it used to but it must have been good first time round as it attracted my attention straight away. As I was trawling through the site and doing a search on the film I so desperately wanted I noticed a ‘Video Hunt’ facility that they offered. I thought I’d give it a try and see what happens.
What the Video Hunt does is basically what it says. BlackStar do the donkey work for you and search the shops, pawn shops and general second hand shops for you. You simply search for the video you want and if it’s not available they then ask if you want them to hunt for you, it’s as simple as that.The facility gives you a report each month on the status of your hunt and tells you if it’s made any progress in the elusive search. A month passed, 3 months passed, 6 months passed and still no luck, I was beginning to think that I would never find this video and have to revert to the DVD option. Then out of the blue I received a phone call.
“Hello, this is BlackStar and we have found a copy of the film you required”I thought WOW! I was just about to give up on this and drown my sorrows in DVD and then this voice of fantastic news came through.
He explained to me that the video was an ex-rental copy and was not brand new as I requested. Ok I thought, they have taken over 6 months just to find this copy and it’s highly unlikely they will find a brand new copy so I accepted the offer. The phone call was to drop the bombshell of the price for a second hand video. £22.49 plus post and packing making a total of £23.99. I asked if I could think on this, as it seemed a bit steep only for him to say, well it is fast becoming a collector’s item and they have people waiting in the queue for this and would take it. Not wanting to lose the video I have long searched for I accepted the offer and 3 days later I finally had a copy of the film.Since meeting my new partner of 2 years I have used this hunt facility to track down many videos for our children and as yet I have not been let down by this facility.
The site itself is very informative and I will now try and run through as many of the points, good and bad that I have found with BlackStar.
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