The Last VCR Manufacturer Just Closed Down


Props for trying so long.

If you’re anything like me, then much of your youth would have been spent heading down to the video library and picking up some cool videos to go and watch on your VCR player back at home. You also probably would have got into countless arguments with your family taping over stuff they had recorded. Sorry Dad.

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Obviously with the advent of streaming and DVDs and Blu Rays or whatever, the VCR and those VHS tapes haven’t really been high on anyone’s list of priorities recently as 1000s upon 1000s of Blockbuster Videos fell to their demise all over the world. Surprisingly though, the last manufacturer of VCRs only ceased trading for business last week.

Funai was one of the original VCR manufacturers from back in 1984 when a judge ruled that VCRs were allowed for sale in America, pretty much creating the home video industry overnight. Props to them or holding out until now, but unfortunately sales were too low last year (they only sold 750,000 units in the U.S. last year) that they just couldn’t justify it anymore.

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They also said that companies no longer made the parts needed to fix and manufacture them these days. I’m never really convinced of that excuse when companies use it, I mean surely if they want to keep making their products than there is the demand for these parts from said companies so they will keep making them? Who the hell are these parts’ companies that keep discontinuing the parts? Surely that’s the only thing that’s keeping their companies afloat, the goddamn specialist parts? Really makes me think.

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Anyway, no more VCRs, although I’m sure you’ll see them showing up round your hipster/hippy mate’s house, who only watches tapes of The Twilight Zone or M*A*S*H because it’s way more pure than streaming TV shows or some bullshit. RIP VCRs.

For more VCRs, check out the most valuable VCR tapes out there – if you own any of them you could claim a small fortune.


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