Probably a dumb question for this board, huh!
But seriously, how often do you really watch your tapes? I'm at a cross-roads of what to do about the probably well over 200 video tapes I have (a full video cabinet double lined with tapes, plus about 4-5 copy paper boxes full of tapes). The majority of my tapes are USA tv broadcasts of US Nationals, Worlds and Olympics since early-mid 90's, and then a lot of the Pro-Ams from the mid-late 90's. I taped most of these events live as I watched them ... then have never watched them again. I've never once pulled out a tape and watched it again. Yet I continue to tape those 3 big events and keep piling on more video tapes.
I randomly put in a couple tapes recently (that I had not even marked!), and the quality is so poor, they aren't even watchable. And in a fit of anger, I pitched a bunch of tapes that were not even marked yet after 10+ years (there was Pro skating on that night so I taped it to mark later, and never did; just added the tape to the box), that had late 90' Pro-Ams on them, plus some early 2000's Pro-Ams. Now I kinda regret doing that .. even though I never watched them.
But then again I think .... I have never watched these tapes! They are just taking up space and collecting dust! Plus the stress of taping while watching (editing commercials live) distract from watching. Some of these tapes are almost 20 years old, I know some are poor quality already (even 2010 Nationals due to my VCR was broken and scratching the tapes, and I didn't know it), and now even my VCR's are breaking and you can't even buy brand new VCR's anymore (buying on E-bay just got me one that is now also broken), so soon I won't even be able to watch them if I wanted to.
Is it really worth keeping them and continuing to tape, when I have never once pulled out a tape and watched it again? Do you really watch your videos again or do the tapes just end up collecting dust? I don't know if I have the technikal skills (and patience!) to copy all these tapes to DVD, and then have the problem of I go thru all that and then .... never watch the DVD's!
I don't think I am ready to let them go just yet .... but then again I have never watched any of them again and wonder if I ever will.