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Facing My Dead VCR Dilemma

22 Sep, 2003 By: Stephanie Prange

I've got two broken VCRs in my house, and I don't know what to do. One has been broken for at least a year, and another has had a tape stuck in it for about three months. For the price of fixing either of them, we could buy a new VCR. But it seems silly to buy a new one — sort of like investing in an eight-track tape player after the CD has taken over.

There are numerous other recording options either just available or on the horizon. I could make the leap to a personal video recorder, like a TiVo. I could buy a DVD recorder. Yeah, those old VCRs are looking more like dinosaurs all the time.

And yet … I just can't seem to get rid of them. We've still got lots of children's tapes that the kids might want to watch someday (though I must admit they've been doing just fine without them for three months, and they take up more than twice the space of DVDs). And there are a few classic kids' titles that we haven't yet replaced on DVD.

But is it worth the trouble? Keeping all this dead hardware reminds me of Jeff Foxworthy's “You Might Be a Redneck” gag about stacking the working TV on top of the broken one. As it is, the things are just taking up space, holding a place for their eventual replacement — I just wish I knew what it was.

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