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VIDEO: Columbia House Is Bankrupt! Will You Miss It?

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Columbia House has just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, so say goodbye to getting 13 CDs for just a buck! Actually, we know they stopped their music club service — which was most notable for offering an insane amount of music for very little money (plus shipping and handling) — back in 2010. However, they had continued on as a company, offering similar deals on movies. But as of this week, that's all over too.

In this brief video, our mail-order experts eulogize the passing of this old friend!


What about you, reader? Do you have fond memories of Columbia House? Are you sad to see it go? Share your reminisces with us, in the comments below!


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9 comments
johnniboy
fun times..Bostons first album and many more I always got the vinyl.going thru the stickers pasting them..then waiting for the big day. ..good times I remember
tgibbs94
Wow! I didn't know they were still in business. I used to work there back in 1993 for about 8 months. I moved away that's why I quit. I still remember the address. 1400 N. Fruitridge Ave., Terre Haute, IN. It was a 1/4 mile walk from the returns department where I worked, to the front office. It was a really big place.
I used to buy from their competitor, BMG. Of course, that was after I left.

On another note, I do feel sorry for all those who work there. Columbia House was a big employer.
mtlmn1971
Didn't realize they were even still around. I can remember getting the mailing with all those little stickers and then having to decide on which albums I wanted. Sometimes this would take a whole day. Then getting the initial shipment was the equivalent of winning the Powerball, when you were a preteen. I would always tell myself, I'm going to cancel after fulfilling the contract and then they would go and do a buy one get two free. ughhhh. Hook, line, and sinker. I still have all of my vinyl. Remember the other music house? BMG. I would sign up with them as well. The memories.
elbori01
Good riddance! They were a bunch of crooks anyway!
icruise
Back when DVDs were still sort of new and expensive there were some very good deals to be had from Columbia House if you knew what you were doing (using and combining various promo codes, etc.), but I haven't thought about them in years.
Finwoody
I was a teenager when Columbia was in its music club heyday. I remember the absolute THRILL of receiving the huge initial shipment of records or cassette tapes. Spreading them all out on the floor and looking at them. Taking all day to play each record. At one point, I had three different memberships going at the same time, each with different variations of my name. I was always careful to cancel my memberships as soon as the obligatory purchases were made, because I knew the per item cost skyrocketed after that. But they'd often run a BOGO deal to keep their members engaged a lot longer. Ah, the "old days, good times I remember." That's from Chicago VIII, which I bought through Columbia House - 1975!
chocolatedeath
Didnt even realize they were still around.
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
(Now I realize that was just the "if you don't cancel we'll charge you for the next shipment" scheme which basically every service uses these days.)
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
I remember thinking these deals seemed AMAZING, but I also knew at an early age that it was something I didn't want to "get mixed up with" because it somehow ended up tricking you into spending a lot of money.
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