VCR is Now Officially Dead and So Is A Part of Our Childhood

VCR’s were mainstream in Pakistan back in the late 80s and 90s. People used to borrow VCR’s from their neighbors to watch movies or tv dramas in those days. Alas that time came to an end as we stepped into the digital era and moved on to better storage mediums (CDs and DVDs) which are used nowadays as well.

Now the last company which was still manufacturing VCRs after all that time is going to stop manufacturing them in August this year. Funai Electric blames the declining sales of the VHS cassettes and difficulty finding parts for manufacturing them as the reasons for discontinuing production.

VHS sales have been on the decline since the last decade and they hit rock bottom last year with sales of 750,000 units worldwide. Once they were selling as many as 15 million a year.

The Collector Business

Now the only place you’re going to find VHS cassettes is at a collector’s home or closet. VHS collecting has stepped up since the last few years and is proving to be a lucrative business with old tapes originally bought for $2 a piece selling for $50 – $60 online, some even selling for $100 or even $1000 on eBay.

Whether you still dwell on nostalgia and vow to keep your old VHS cassettes until your VCR dies one thing is for certain, the age of VCR has now ended with the final nail in the coffin driven in by Funai Electric.

If you have old wedding videos or other important events on VHS tapes, it’s time to get them digitized before it is too late.

Do you know any place that still sells VHS tapes? Let us know in the comments below!

A techie, Overwatch and Street Fighter enthusiast, and Sub Editor at ProPakistani.

  • Arsalan

    Some VCRs are still “alive” and not dead.

    • Khalid Yaldram

      khya waqt yad dila dia kabhi kbahi sohta ho computer par vcr player hona chiyah ta ka purana waqt aa ja

    • We had the same VCR at our home. Bachpan yaad dila dia …

  • Ali

    Omg my childhood recordings of events and functions are stored in Vcr anyone know where to go to convert it to DVD?

    • Khalid Yaldram

      where you live if in karachi you just visit rainbow i hope there you will get solution

  • Faheem Janjua

    A very beautiful part of life, remembring in childhood having VCR with VHS cassetes on rent latter on Papa bought us a personal VCR. Really that was a time when we were planning to watch 3 to 4 films in a row on holiday to wakeup late night having tea and snacks. I still have my VCR with me with a colleciton of VHS Cassets.

    • Faheem Janjua

      Perhaps I am still looking on OLX to buy a Gramophone, a VCR and and a Audio Casset Player for me to have in my colleciton to show it to next generation that these were our entertainment gadgets.

      • Khurram ShahzAd

        Gramophone?, you don’t seem that old :-)

  • 5 year’s back i covert all wedding videos on DVD ? i thought it was end then don’t know it’s end today ???

    • Khurshid wali

      What do you mean?… Propakistani is slow.. :p

  • Kazim

    U can convert VCR data to DVD easily.

  • M Ali

    People in Japan were using VHS for so long that even in 2005, there were new things being released on VHS and DVD.

  • inumair

    Anyone knows any shop in lahore which con convert my vhs to dvds?