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3.8 How can I tell whether a CED was originally a rental disc or hasalways been privately owned?




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This article is from the RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc FAQ, by tom@cedmagic.com (Tom Howe) with numerous contributions by others.

3.8 How can I tell whether a CED was originally a rental disc or hasalways been privately owned?

Most collectors want their discs to be from original private
collections, since the disc may have been played just a few times,
rather than potentially 100's of times for a rental disc. You can't
assume that discs you're getting from private individuals were always
privately owned, since rental stores periodically had sales on rental
titles they wanted to dispose of, and they all had one final "everything
goes" sale at the end of the CED era. Usually rental discs have (or had)
a difficult to remove label identifying the rental store, so look for
such a label or signs of its removal. Another technique rental stores
used was to write the name of the store in permanent ink directly on the
caddy surface to either side of the disc label. A more subtle way to
distinguish rental discs is to look at the edge of the disc label where
the title is printed. If this area is badly worn down, it's probably a
rental disc. Most private collectors stored their discs like books in a
shelf, while rental stores kept them standing upright in bins (the same
way audio LP's were sold), and with customers flipping through them day
after day, that edge label eventually got worn down. A few rental stores
also coated their disc caddies with lacquer to protect the label
surface, and if you find these discs today, the lacquer will have turned
yellow, though the label underneath is still usually in good condition.


 

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