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    Quote Originally Posted by zabadak View Post
    Wow, certainly didn't have any money to do that!
    I didn't get them all at once! Just one of them depending on which was around at the time.

    I remember Thunder Clappers, loved the free gifts on comics, I remember getting a Kazoo, a boomerang thing, a clapper and heaps of other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletino View Post
    Used to love that on Saturday mornings, going to buy an Amazing Spider-man comic, New Eagle, Whizzer and Chips, Dandy, Cheeky, Beano, Scream etc. Sometimes they'd have new sweets in like Star Wars heads that you twisted to get small candy out of or chewing gum with movie/TV cards in. Later on it was to see what new computer magazines they had, i.e those ones with the type in listings or to buy some cheap Mastertronic or Firebird game.
    I once had a photo of the inside of a large newsagent c1986 with a display rack of computer games on cassette for 1.99 or 2.99. The newsagent still exists but it no longer sells video games.

    Next door to the newsagent was a video shop I used to use in the 1990s. It is now a charity shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletino View Post
    I didn't get them all at once! Just one of them depending on which was around at the time.

    I remember Thunder Clappers, loved the free gifts on comics, I remember getting a Kazoo, a boomerang thing, a clapper and heaps of other things.
    Nah, couldn't even get one at a time!
    Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arran View Post
    I once had a photo of the inside of a large newsagent c1986 with a display rack of computer games on cassette for 1.99 or 2.99. The newsagent still exists but it no longer sells video games.

    Next door to the newsagent was a video shop I used to use in the 1990s. It is now a charity shop.
    Aw man, shame you still dont have the photo, that would be amazing to see!

    I used to love going into newsagents just for the smell, same with WH Smiths, living overseas it's a treat going in there when i'm back home and inhaling.

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    Video shops are another thing gone the way of the dinosaur fellars and Jemima.. Many is the time I spent up to an hour rifling thru hundreds of VHS movie titles for something to watch with friends or the family. Was a cheap alternative to the movie theatre and more intimate. Look out if you returned the tapes late tho as there was a penalty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald the Great View Post
    Video shops are another thing gone the way of the dinosaur fellars and Jemima.. Many is the time I spent up to an hour rifling thru hundreds of VHS movie titles for something to watch with friends or the family. Was a cheap alternative to the movie theatre and more intimate. Look out if you returned the tapes late tho as there was a penalty.
    Remember the hours spent at Blockbuster scouring the endless shelves for films that looked interesting then reading the back cover to see the story ... all lies usually... at least we have IMDB and Amazon to read reviews


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald the Great View Post
    Video shops are another thing gone the way of the dinosaur fellars and Jemima.. Many is the time I spent up to an hour rifling thru hundreds of VHS movie titles for something to watch with friends or the family. Was a cheap alternative to the movie theatre and more intimate. Look out if you returned the tapes late tho as there was a penalty.
    Thats true but then i dont think anybody manufactures or indeed sells video players anymore either. a new dvd player can now be bought for 30, this will be next to bite the dust with the advent of streaming.
    ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR.

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    I remember the racks of computer games tapes in some newsagents for 1.99 or 2.99. They would be either original games or re-issues of older games that would have sold for 9.99 when originally released. I bought lots of these for my C128 and Atari.

    I really miss video shops. It is very convenient having films at the click of a computer mouse, but it isn't like visiting a video shop. It was ideal for a cheap date with your gf. A couple of videos, bags of crisps and a bottle of pop...ideal for those like me who couldn't afford many trips to the cinema for two. There must have been 15+ video shops around here over the years and I was a member of most of them at one time or another. The first one I joined was in the autumn of 1980 and it was one of the earliest around here. Actually, it was a record shop that branched out into video rentals. If anyone knows the area and was around back then, it was A.S. Records in Cannock. When you joined you had to pay a 20 deposit, but that 20 was used up as you rented videos at 1 per tape per day. I preferred the independant shops to the chains as they were often quite quirky in their choice of stock and most you could chat to the owner about good films to rent. At some stores there was a free magazine that seemed to come out every month or so that featured new films that were coming out. This lasted into the 90s and was really just adverts for films but pre-internet it was useful to find out what was being released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffslad View Post
    I remember the racks of computer games tapes in some newsagents for 1.99 or 2.99. They would be either original games or re-issues of older games that would have sold for 9.99 when originally released. I bought lots of these for my C128 and Atari.

    I really miss video shops. It is very convenient having films at the click of a computer mouse, but it isn't like visiting a video shop. It was ideal for a cheap date with your gf. A couple of videos, bags of crisps and a bottle of pop...ideal for those like me who couldn't afford many trips to the cinema for two. There must have been 15+ video shops around here over the years and I was a member of most of them at one time or another. The first one I joined was in the autumn of 1980 and it was one of the earliest around here. Actually, it was a record shop that branched out into video rentals. If anyone knows the area and was around back then, it was A.S. Records in Cannock. When you joined you had to pay a 20 deposit, but that 20 was used up as you rented videos at 1 per tape per day. I preferred the independant shops to the chains as they were often quite quirky in their choice of stock and most you could chat to the owner about good films to rent. At some stores there was a free magazine that seemed to come out every month or so that featured new films that were coming out. This lasted into the 90s and was really just adverts for films but pre-internet it was useful to find out what was being released.
    Invariably the tapes were returned without having been re-wound...so annoying, and most of them smelt of cigarette smoke...uggh!
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    Our local village video store was small, so small that i had nearly watched all the videos they had at one point (i was into martial arts at the time so rented all their dodgy martial arts movies). A far cry from later days when you'd spend ages staring at rows of movies trying to pick something. I think I still have Air America VHS which we rented from a then GF's local.

    Oh and my local video shop also rented out Atari games and consoles, same with Sega ones later. Used to love renting those games out for a weekend.

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