In a message dated 2/2/2004 5:42:41 PM Eastern Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
I guess I am remarking at the trend.  It has taken only a few years for the selection of tapes and machines available to be somewhat limited.  I have a feeling that this trend may accelerate. 
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When I saw the original post I was incredulous since it seemed to me that the last time I was in Walmart, about a month ago, there were plenty of VHS machines on the shelf.  However this Monday I revisited Walmart and found only three of the lowest priced, non-HI-FI units left!
 
There were a couple of dual DVD-VHS units but many varieties of DVD only players. Acceleration may not be the word, more like crash landing.
 
This will probably be repeated when DVD is replaced by whatever technology becomes HDTV capable in a few years.
 
When Kodak came out with the "one use" film cameras I thought this was just a gimmick, but now it looks as if all A/V technology is going to be practically one use only. What happened to preserving your "priceless family memories" for future generations?
 
Mike Csontos