What is OOP?

October 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Spotlight, Treasure

What is OOP

Have you ever wondered exactly what is OOP?
Almost everyone is aware that books go “out of print” and become desirable as collectors items. Few of us stop to consider that the same is also true for movies, in both VHS and DVD format.

For example, you may have come across an old re-release of a movie but notice the cover art looks strange. The original missing cover art is likely out-of-print. Also known OOP. The DVD is probably a genuine re-release but the cover art had to be redone, and usually not as well. A perfect example that may also be highly collectible.

New collectors sometimes ask what is OOP?

They frequently use this term to advertise their products. It’s used frequently in title bars where space is at a premium, or limited to 30-60 characters. Simply put, the abbreviation evolved from a need to optimize expensive advertising space.

The OOP expression is often used in conjunction with a date and the word “cover.” These terms mean the product and the package artwork are no longer being produced.

What is OOP and what isn’t, can make a difference on the final comparison value.

When distributors sell out their stock of a particular item they become difficult to find. Hard-core collectors and sellers usually know where to find items, but it’s more difficult for the average collector.

Brand new and factory sealed OOP movies can quickly become highly prized collectables, just as OOP books and music.

There has been a surge in auctions and e-stores offering OOP titles.
Items are usually listed in the seller’s inventory or are available through some indirect source.

A word of caution, most collectors have learned to pay close attention to an items catalog number. This important piece of information is the number listed on the items cover jacket or box. The catalog number is an easy way for collector’s to identify the studio’s authenticity.

This also proves that the item is genuine and in fact is out of print. This is especially important where foreign items are offered because some versions are not OOP at all. These could be intended to fool the average collector.

Some collectors who bid at auctions are not collecting for financial gain, but just want an item for the pure enjoyment of owning the item itself.

They can settle in with their favorite book or watch their favorite movie knowing the experience with their OOP item will be a truly unique experience.

What is OOP and what is not should only be considered if your endeavour is profit based. Whatever your motivation for deciding on an OOP purchase, be it as an investment or just for the pure enjoyment of watching one of your favorite movies, you are sure to find collecting of OOP movies both interesting and rewarding.

Best of luck and collect well.


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