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Record TV All Day Long With A TDK Six Pack Of VHS Tapes

36 hours of 80's TV shows scarcely bears thinking about...

One of the great thing about TiVo-type DVR's is that you can, in the words of TV junk impresario Ron Popeil, "set it and forget it". The hard drive inside can often hold dozens of hours of video. If you're a sports fan or want to record every episode of a TV series, it's a no-brainer.

I don't miss the days of having to keep a steady stock of VHS tapes around for the same purpose. I was admittedly obsessive about recording every episode of some shows, so I'd have several tapes going that I'd have to shuffle between over the course of months. My favorite record speed was "LP" the 4 hour mode; a good compromise between image quality and how much I could fit on a tape. By the 90's most VCR's weren't equipped to record in that mode anymore. Pretty much everyone was content to record at the slowest EP speed that fit six hours of smeary video onto a single cassette. I shouldn't complain. It's those long record times that helped win the war between VHS & Beta.

Here's a pre-packaged set of six TDK videos designed to capitalize on that idea. Sold as a "Special Event 6-Pack" back in 1980, this case packs a half-dozen "super avilyn" formulated VHS tapes (a tape formulation they used well into the 90's). From the graphics on the box, I think that they're cashing in on 1980 being an Olympic year. These TDK tapes were among my favorites to use back in the 80's. The tapes were really solid performers, and (I feel a little odd saying this) I really liked the cardboard sleeve. The matte cardstock and unmistakably 80's "tech" graphics looked pretty sophisticated, and there was a well though out space to list the contents of the tape. Eventually the cardboard sleeves became quite flimsy, as did the cassettes shells themselves... but back in the 6-pack days TDK's were king.

All the recording you can handle. I recall blank tapes being sold at retail in packs of 2 or 3 in the late 80's, but never a six pack in elaborate branded packaging like this (with a plastic handle yet!). A six pack of tapes would have been on the expensive side in 1980. I remember paying nearly $20 for my first VHS cassette (yes... I still have it) in 1984, so what would a six-pack of a higher end brand cost?

Perhaps this pack was sold by a discount warehouse club type store back then, but I think it still would have been a pricey proposition. For this reason (and I admit to feeling silly predicting this now) when there are VHS collectors someday I think this little oddity could be interesting to them. Then again, perhaps I'm being a little too precious about a box of everyman blank media. The person who originally bought this pack wasn't thinking into the future beyond the many hours of TV he was about to record. He probably left the store with this six-pack of VHS tapes under one arm, and a six-pack of something even more fun under the other.

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