Post by Bernie Woodham Post by email@example.com
I'm traveling across Canada in September and I'm curious as to whether
there are any stores that still sell laserdiscs? Do pawn shops such as
Cash Converters sell them, and are there any specialist video stores
that still sell them?
In particular, I'm looking for stores in Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec,
Calgary and Vancouver.
in Vancouver. They don't say much about it on their website, but Alan from
there tells me,
"You've just find the right guy here because we have been in business for
over 10 years and in early days, we are running retail in Asia which, as you
know, was highly specialized in the laserdisc format during 90s. What type
of laserdisc you are looking for? Although there won't be a list to give
you, our collection still covers a wide range of the US titles, some classic
English Karaoke and HK cinema of course.
"Let us know the ones you would like and we'll help you find it from our
I recommend two locations of the second-hand chain BMV (books, music,
1) Downtown: BMV 10 Edward St., just north of the Eaton Centre
shopping mall, west off Yonge St. Good selection of used LDs,
typically 200 or so in stock. Prices range from $3.99 to $9.99 with
most at the lower end of price range. You will likely be in this area
anyway as it is in the city centre, lots of shopping and eating. Right
beside this BMV is a great bookstore called World's Biggest Bookstore,
which is nice for an afternoon's browsing.
2) Midtown: BMV 471 Bloor St. University district, West of Spadina
Ave. (pronounced Spad-EYE-na if you're asking around for directions).
The best selection in town for LDs. You will typically find a
selection of several hundred in stock, ranging from $1.99 to $11.99,
with the majority priced at $3.99-$4.99.
For the sake of completeness, I will say that I know of a third place
to buy LDs in Toronto, but I won't recommend it. If you are stuck for
something to do, and don't mind losing time and perhaps some dignity,
you could go to Vintage Video south of Bloor, west of Bathurst. He
sells DVDs mostly, with a couple of crates of new LDs, still priced at
1990s prices. The owner has a well-documented reputation for rudeness
to customers (do an internet search), which I can personally attest to
from visits I made there in 1998 and 2008. Not much had changed. Visit
at your own risk!
Enjoy your time in Toronto.