Chinatowns in Major Cities, Good place for import vcds, dvds?

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  1. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    So, I just came back from working in Philadelphia, and when I had some spare time, I walked around Chinatown. In one shop, they literally had hundreds of vcds and dvds from Asia. A lot of Region 3 stuff, but also, All region and vcd. A lot of U.S. releases from HK, but also Asian films. Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared and couldn't think of any films I really wanted except Jui- On and The Eye. They had Jui- On, but it didn't have English subs. I went through their selection for at least an hour, but came up with nothing I wanted, which was very discouraging, especially since they had a section of $3 vcds.

    I was wondering. Do any of you live near a Chinatown in a major U.S. city? Do they have good sources of vcds/dvds? Especially New York, since I go there occasionally to visit family.
     
  2. 2D4EVER

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    Which store did you go in? If you say it had "hundreds" then I'm thinking it could only be one place and they just went out of business. :confused:

    I don't buy any dvds from chinatown anymore though. It's just too expensive. I could get them online for much cheaper. The only cheap dvds are the anime ones and they are all boots.
     
  3. poorlogic

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    2D4EVER is correct, Chicago's Chinatown has a good selection, but I can get much, much better prices online.

    In Chicago, there's a place we call "Little India" (Western & Devon), where I've bought my last 3 region-free DVD players, excellent prices and a great selection of DVD titles. I picked up "Don" for $6 (classic Bollywood flick, a must own!), and the transfer was awesome. I also bought a couple of floor rugs in "Little India" for $30, compared to $160 for the same damn thing at Ikea.

    Just buy from Poker Industries, the prices should be much cheaper and they have a 20% discount code out now.
     
  4. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I didn't buy any of the dvds for that exact reason, too pricey!! I was mostly looking for vcds, which were $3 - $8. And 2D, I am so sorry, but I don't have the address, and don't know the city well, but it was a store that was a bookstore, for the most part, I just stumbled on it. I think their sign mentioned videos too, but can't remember. Wish I had gotten a card or something, but as I said, nothing I wanted, so it didn't matter much to me and this was the first time I had been in Philly in 7 years, and probably won't be back for that many, at least until my kids are old enough to appreciate the history!
     
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    Every once in a while I go to boston chinaton. prices are usually $5 for VCDs and $10 for DVDs with brand new releases being a bit higher. prices may be expensive compared to online but they're still dirt cheap compared to domestic releases so i don't complain too much. There's five stores I can think of that sell movies. Only two of them have what I'd consider great selections though.
     
  6. Hammerfan

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    At least in Chinatown in San Francisco, you can find vastly different prices if you just walk a few blocks. Some places will have the same thing but for double or half the price. I've browsed but never bought.
     
  7. 2D4EVER

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    I was thinking of someplace else. I know where you're talking about though. All their dvds are in paper sleeves and are all or mostly bootlegs.
     
  8. Grim

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    I think there's a Chinatown up in DC. That's about a 20 minute drive from my house so maybe I'll check it out one day.
     
  9. Disco Stu

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    In NYC, go as east as you can on Canal St. and if you turn left, you should see 3 different stores on Bowery St. I buy my R3 discs there exclusively, they don't charge tax if you pay in cash, and I got stuff like Dark Water there for $6, Battle Royale was about $11 when I got it more than 2 years ago, along with a bunch of other bargains.

    Wait, don't tell Burgos that I might live in New York City, he might get ideas. :nervous:
     
  10. Shannafey

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    Thanks for the recommendation Stu!
     
  11. Erg0n

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    Here in Montreal VCDs are damn expensive which average about 20$CDN, about 14.60$USD. In Toronto's Pacific Mall located in China town has VCDs at 10CDN = ~7$USD no tax I believe

    If you even decide to come up here TO's China town is better than Montreal
     
  12. H0MOSareGAY

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    San Fransisco's China Town is real good. I haven't bought much from there, but the prices are fairly good (maybe 1 or 2 dollars over online prices)
     

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