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Old 7th May 2019, 7:35 pm   #1
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Hi All,

I was in Dealz (Poundland in Ireland) earlier today and was suprised to see new blank VHS tapes. Would these be stock that was bought up cheap and rebranded?

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Old 11th May 2019, 1:36 pm   #2
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Very likely, I think that is what most of their signalex branded stuff is. It is odd though to see. Perhaps with the resurgence in popularity of vinyl someone is thinking that VHS might be next. I've noticed that Wilko's have 5packs of Maxell UR tapes for sale.
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Old 11th May 2019, 1:54 pm   #3
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Default Re: New VHS Tapes.

Signalex stuff isn't normally rebranded, it's just their house brand that they put on all sorts of no-name Chinese tech like earphones and phone chargers. I don't doubt there are still factories in China churning out VHS cassettes for the global market. I think Poundland have always stocked VHS tapes on and off.

Poundland do sometimes sell off manufacturers' overstocks - they had a load of Belkin cables a while ago - but they don't bother rebranding it.
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Old 11th May 2019, 11:13 pm   #4
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Indeed, I recall a couple of years ago when they had blank TDK D-VHS tapes! I grabbed a dozen to use in some of my S-VHS machines with good results. The only issue was the non-standard tape length confusing the 'used time/ time remaining' feature.
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Old 13th May 2019, 10:37 pm   #5
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Default Re: New VHS Tapes.

I have seen those signalex tapes at various times over the last six or so years. If the audio tapes they put out are anything to go by I would steer well clear!

John - good to hear I wasn't the the only one to grab a load of those TDK DVHS blanks!!
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Old 14th May 2019, 12:16 am   #6
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John - good to hear I wasn't the the only one to grab a load of those TDK DVHS blanks!!
They did come in handy, didn't they? IIRC I only found out about them because of a tip-off on this very forum! Nice one, Ben
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I have seen those signalex tapes at various times over the last six or so years. If the audio tapes they put out are anything to go by I would steer well clear!
The Signalex stuff isn't all junk, it's just mostly low end as you would expect in Poundland. I use Signalex HDMI cables and USB SD card readers without problems, and have used their DVD-Rs in the past. BigClive tore down one of their USB chargers and was quite impressed with it.
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Old 14th May 2019, 12:53 pm   #8
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Default Re: New VHS Tapes.

If memory serves , I think that Betamax tapes were only stopped being manufactured a couple of years ago?? so there must be large amounts of new VHS Tapes cached in corners of warehouses all over the world .
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Old 14th May 2019, 12:59 pm   #9
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... BigClive tore down one of their USB chargers and was quite impressed with it.

Yes, at least there were no exploding LED's or requirement to use a "death-daptor"

I'm surprised to read that Betamax tapes were in production until fairly recently, bodes well for VHS tapes if they hang in there for as long.
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Old 14th May 2019, 1:37 pm   #10
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Default Re: New VHS Tapes.

I some markets (Japan & Latin America come to mind) Betamax managed to get a bigger market share than VHS, though this might mean the blank tapes are NTSC only.

I can't remember them being sold in the UK after the early 1990s.
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Old 14th May 2019, 1:41 pm   #11
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Default Re: New VHS Tapes.

Blank tapes are just that.
You are right for prerecorded tapes though.
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Old 14th May 2019, 2:35 pm   #12
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Default Re: New VHS Tapes.

It was the rental market that gave VHS the advantage over Beta here. There was otherwise little to choose between them for the average user.
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Old 14th May 2019, 2:41 pm   #13
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Blank cassettes are physically interchangeable between PAL/SECAM and NTSC recorders, though the recording time will be incorrect due to the different tape speeds; a T-180 will give nearly 4 hours on a PAL recorder, whereas an E-180 will give only just over 2 hours on an NTSC recorder.
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Old 18th May 2019, 4:47 pm   #14
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It might have been poundworld then that did the rebranding thing. I remember seeing a documentary about the shop and the owner was talking about how they would buy up clearance stock from various places and repackage it. I'm tempted to give them a try to see what they're like.
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Old 18th May 2019, 6:39 pm   #15
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There was something on radio 4 a few weeks ago about someone who has opened a vhs tape hire shop. Who would have thought there were enoq customers for such a thing?
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Old 18th May 2019, 10:04 pm   #16
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It must be 5 years since the local charity shops had any VHS tapes. They ended up going at 5/1. I used to look out for Warner Brothers cartoon collections that are not sufficiently PC for DVD release these days.
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Old 18th May 2019, 10:43 pm   #17
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Interesting you should mention charities. On my last few visits to north west UK I noticed several chazzers have started selling VHS tapes again, after almost a decade with not one tape to be found! No idea how much of a trend this really is...
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Old 18th May 2019, 11:12 pm   #18
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One of the charity shops near me sells them though I don't think it ever stopped. I think they are normally 50p each but sometimes they do them 10 for 1. I got series 1 to 5 of Only Fools and Horses for a quid from there.
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