When I bought my Beta (for the disrespectful price of $15.18 shipping cross-country included), I learned that it had been through 2 earthquakes and droped 15 feet in one of them. The next day while at Lechmere, I overheard a salesman telling how you cannot put a television on top of a VHS vcr for it will crack the case! My Beta has solid metal construction and a VHS crap box is made of plastic.
The WAL*MART has tons of Beta tapes, but expect to be questioned by the dumb clerks, "what's that?" and have to explain that it was a format very popular before they were born. Lechmere also carried some old TDK Betas for $.99 each, and so do many Ritz/Underground/MotoFoto type camera shops.
Beta lives forever!
BETA WAS TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS BECAUSE BETA WAS THE SECOND LETTER IN THE GREEK ALPHABET. MAYBE IF THEY RE-RELEASED IT AS ALPHA...
Submitted Wed Sep 25 16:36:00 1996