PDA

View Full Version : Blu Rays and Scratches


Shannafey
12-05-2009, 05:41 AM
Having bought my Blu Ray player, I'm ready to go out and buy a ton of discs, but budget doesn't allow me such luxuries. Fortunately a lot of pawn shops in my area have used discs for $10 each and I went ahead and bought my first used one. This might well be my last. It had some scratches on it, but I figured I've bought DVDs with scratches on them and had no problems. They weren't even bad, just surface scratches. The disc locked up about 8 times and now I'm going to bring it back. What a waste. Anyone have bad experiences with scratches on these things? Any advice?

KamuiX
12-05-2009, 06:52 AM
Talk about bad luck...it's pretty impossible to scratch a Blu-Ray unless you REALLY treat it like shit. You can wipe them on your shirt and they don't scratch. I've bought a lot of used PS3 games and they all look brand new. Plus, every PS3 game I've gotten from Gamefly are pretty much flawless too, and those are passed through tons of hands.

I wouldn't let this one disc deter you. As I said, this is extremely bad luck. I feel far more confident buying used BR movies/games than I ever was about DVD's.

X-human
12-05-2009, 07:01 AM
I haven't toyed with it much myself, but I even think there's YouTube videos out there of people scratching blu-ray discs to hell and they still work.

rxfiend
12-05-2009, 07:17 AM
You sure it's scratches causing the problem?

bigdaddyhorse
12-05-2009, 08:30 AM
I thought I heard around here that BD's are nearly impossible to scratch, but if they get scratched they are pretty much fucked as there's so much more info and layers packed together.
Nearly every disc I get from the libray has fingerprints or whatnot on them, but I just wipe with my scratchy-ass shirt and that doesn't even scuff BD's. That shirt tears dvds up and leaves bad scratches (but feels fine on skin).

Katatonia
12-05-2009, 12:15 PM
Blu-rays WILL scratch with enough abuse. They're just far more resilient to scratches than DVD's are thanks to the hardcoating technology.

They're hardly indestructible either. I received a defective Blu-ray that was cleanly sliced in half from the rim to the edge not long ago. Don't ask me how that happened as I have no clue. It was in a brand new sealed case, so it must have been sliced in the factory.

Shannafey
12-05-2009, 03:03 PM
I thought I heard around here that BD's are nearly impossible to scratch, but if they get scratched they are pretty much fucked as there's so much more info and layers packed together.
Nearly every disc I get from the libray has fingerprints or whatnot on them, but I just wipe with my scratchy-ass shirt and that doesn't even scuff BD's. That shirt tears dvds up and leaves bad scratches (but feels fine on skin).

I heard they were nearly impossible to scratch as well, but this one has scratches all over it. I think I mistakingly thought that I heard scratches don't affect them, but your point is very valid about layers packed together. There is 5 to 10 times more data on a Blu Ray then a DVD. BTW: Lucky you, my library has a great selection of DVDs, but no Blu yet.

The player is brand new and I've only watched one whole Blu disc on it other than this one and it worked flawlessly. I also watched a DVD-R on it and again, it worked flawlessly. I was apprehensive about buying the disc, but it was less than half the price of the film new and I'm sure they'll let me return it. I now know better than to touch one that has scratches on it, but I will still try the used market as there are a lot of good pawn shops in my general area. Thanks everyone!

Grim
12-05-2009, 04:02 PM
Yeah you really have to treat them like shit to scratch them. But I guess they can crap out on you as my American Psycho blu-ray did recently. Also, Amazon has really good deals on blu-ray discs. A lot of great catalog titles for under $10 new.

bigdaddyhorse
12-05-2009, 05:58 PM
Yeah you really have to treat them like shit to scratch them. But I guess they can crap out on you as my American Psycho blu-ray did recently. Also, Amazon has really good deals on blu-ray discs. A lot of great catalog titles for under $10 new.

Hell yeah, even better, when I ordered Braveheart and Galdiator for $10 each last week (black Friday) they showed up with slipcovers and a $10 refund to owners of the current dvds. I hate to cut my covers, but a small tab for a free BD, I'll do that. I'm half tempted to go try and find a super-cheap copy of the first Braveheart dvd and get another $10 for that.:D:banana:

I more shocked they had slipcovers thou, only Borders and the mall (the 2 most expensive places on earth, full retail + 10% most times) have had those since release week for either of these titles.

On yeah, and it seems the mall is moking me and following what I order online. Finally found Casino for a good price (9.99 amazon), and next week FYE has it on sale for 9.99 (I have $25 or so to spend there for selling my old dvds, which I've had for 4 months already cuz I can never find a good price). That sale is probably ending today or tomorrow and I'm not sure if it's at all FYE's. Worth checking if you want that BD thou (asuming it's not still $9.99 at amazon).

Shannafey
12-05-2009, 06:19 PM
Hell yeah, even better, when I ordered Braveheart and Galdiator for $10 each last week (black Friday) they showed up with slipcovers and a $10 refund to owners of the current dvds. I hate to cut my covers, but a small tab for a free BD, I'll do that. I'm half tempted to go try and find a super-cheap copy of the first Braveheart dvd and get another $10 for that.:D:banana:


WOW! Is that deal still going on? I did just buy a $2.50 used copy of Braveheart a few months back and I have Gladiator.

Grim
12-05-2009, 08:24 PM
WOW! Is that deal still going on? I did just buy a $2.50 used copy of Braveheart a few months back and I have Gladiator.

I think it was part of their black friday (more like black weekend) sales and is over now, but always keep an eye out. highdefdigest.com usually posts the really good deals.

russweiss
12-06-2009, 12:11 AM
[QUOTE=bigdaddyhorse;621836]Hell yeah, even better, when I ordered Braveheart and Galdiator for $10 each last week (black Friday) they showed up with slipcovers and a $10 refund to owners of the current dvds. I hate to cut my covers, but a small tab for a free BD, I'll do that. I'm half tempted to go try and find a super-cheap copy of the first Braveheart dvd and get another $10 for that.:D:banana:

I took advantage of the Black Friday sale too. Also picked up Live Free or Die Hard, Goodfellas, and I am Legend on blu-ray for only $7.99.

Shannafey
12-06-2009, 06:09 AM
I think it was part of their black friday (more like black weekend) sales and is over now, but always keep an eye out. highdefdigest.com usually posts the really good deals.

Yeah, but do they still have the $10 rebate?

Grim
12-06-2009, 03:55 PM
Yeah, but do they still have the $10 rebate?

Oh that I'm not sure about. I think that is with Paramount and not Amazon, so it should still come with each copy.

bigdaddyhorse
12-06-2009, 04:11 PM
Oh that I'm not sure about. I think that is with Paramount and not Amazon, so it should still come with each copy.

Yeah, that's from Paramount.
I recall seeing a couple of these stickers in stores, but most places didn't have them, making it even more shocking that Amazon did so much later. If you can find one though, they are good until the middle of next year.
I'm just worried Paramount will see I paid $10 and not honor themselves, but I'm sure they're still making money somehow.