I like the bit about the horrible analog quality of VHS tapes even when they were new. Really? If it's the 80s, what kind of CRT standard def television did anyone have? What kind of VCR? And the VHS tapes were horrible? Compared to what? The signal from the rabbit ears? The only other other comparable medium were laser discs. Regular TVs and VHS were pretty much the standard. And after years of edited reruns on broadcast TV, having the tapes was big deal. Yeah, I have the Columbia House Collector's Edition TOS series. Mail order, $29.95 each month for a two-eps tape (plus $3.95 s&h). Do the math: I paid over $1300 to get every tape. That's a damn lot of money, even more back in the 80s. I still have the whole set.