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23 June 2013 @ 10:46 am
DVD Player Swallowed My German DK-LA Disc  
This morning, I impulsively, foolishly, tried one of my German first-season FK DVDs — which I usually play only in a multi-region travel-sized player — in the used DVD/VCR combo unit that my brother-in-law gave me. The machine not only wouldn't play it ("Region Error"!), it wouldn't give it back. Unscrewing all the screws was insufficient; I had to physically tear the unit apart to retrieve the DVD. I then dug out of my closet and reconnected my yet older DVD player and yet-yet older VHS player (necessary intermediary, as the TV has only one input: coaxial cable).

Now I have a big metal box that I can't legally throw in the trash, but must save interminably for an electronics-recycling drive. :-)

Later this year, I'll splurge on a television and associated equipment younger than the century! I wonder whether any stores would deliver the new machines and haul away the old ones (for a fee, naturally).

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PJ1228pj1228 on June 23rd, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about what happened with your disc. Your player must have liked it so much that it wouldn't part with it. Have you tried rebooting?

When I put a region 1 disc into my region 2 player, at least it gets spit out again.

>I wonder whether any stores would deliver the new machines and haul away the old ones (for a fee, naturally).<

Actually that's the usual custom service in Germany. It works this way with TVs, refrigerators, washers, etc. And I'm not sure that they charge anything. Depends on the individual offer.
Amy R.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on June 23rd, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
>"Have you tried rebooting?"

:-) Before I removed all the screws, bent the metal and broke the plastic, you mean? :-)

Yes. I tried turning it on and off, and I tried unplugging and replugging it. Nothing worked. Once the device took in the Region 2 disc, it entered an endless cycle of trying to play the disc, displaying the error message, trying again, displaying again... The DVD portion of the combination device would not respond to any buttons at all. (We're talking about a second-hand device over ten years old.)

Hauling away old devices may be customary here with very large and expensive kitchen appliances like refrigerators; I've never bought one, so I don't know. It's definitely not customary with audio-video electronics. Delivery is much more routinely accessible than haul-away (if only because so much is purchased online!).
Rhi: Lacroixgryphonrhi on June 23rd, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
In most of the US, large appliance purchases do include removal (or there's a minimal charge added to do so). And if you don't want to wait for the recycling drive, do you have any way to get it to a Best Buy? They'll charge you $10 per device to recycle, but then give you a gift certificate in the same amount to spend with them.

Good luck!
Amy R.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on June 23rd, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I can definitely carry the old DVD player and its kin to a Best Buy, if a free electronics-recycling opportunity doesn't come along in good time. I had heard that they charged a fee; I had not heard that they give it "back" in the form of a gift certificate!

(Unfortunately, my 15-years-old TV is heavy and awkward. It, I'll have to muster help carrying. And I'll feel so guilty, I know! ~grin~ It hasn't done anything wrong; it runs like new! It's not its fault that it's not HD and has only one input.)
Rhi: Connor sharpgryphonrhi on June 23rd, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm. If you're planning to replace the TV, you could always call and ask if they'll take the old one away when delivering a new one? ::grins:: At which point, if they're smart, they'll start thinking, 'Ah-hah, *customer*.'
Amy R.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on June 23rd, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
Best Buy's site says:
"We'll remove an old or obsolete television from your home for free when a replacement Best Buy product is delivered by Geek Squad® or Best Buy® Home Delivery. Exclusions apply."

Surprisingly, Fry's site has nothing similar.

When the time comes, yes, I'll definitely look into this! Unfortunately, that time is not yet. :-)
skieswideopen: OB: Cosimaskieswideopen on June 24th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)
It hasn't done anything wrong; it runs like new!

Like the poor Ikea lamp. (I'd probably feel guilty too, honestly. But HD is worth an upgrade.)

Edited at 2013-06-24 03:15 am (UTC)
Amy R.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on June 24th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
Yes, just like that! Poor inanimate object! :-)

But seriously, someone in the world must want this TV (with its HD converter box). I wish I could give it to him or her. Even with the assurance that it will be recycled...
greerwatsongreerwatson on June 24th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Of course, my own TV dates back to the January sales in 1986. The truth is, if they weren't lemons when they were bought, the TVs of that vintage go on...and on...and on...(putting the EverReady bunny to shame).

Unlike the fancy new TVs, which apparently are built to last about three years before imploding.