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VIDEO TAPE TRADING -- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What Is Videotape Trading ?
  2. Is Videotape Trading Legal ?
  3. What if I don't have anything on a person's want list to trade ?
  4. What about trading commercially-released videos ?
  5. I don't' get my favorite TV show on my cable system.  Who can help me?
  6. When I see a show I'm interested in, I click on it to get more episode information,
    but nothing happens.  What am I doing wrong?
  7. I don't see my question anywhere here. Now what?

What Is Videotape Trading ?

Videotape trading is the practice of trading home recorded video tapes of material with other collectors on a non-profit basis. Each person will record material the other person requests, and then the tapes are "swapped".
Generally tapes with content (non-blanks) are swapped tape-for-tape on an equal time basis.
If you're new to tape trading, here are some tape trading tips.

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Is Videotape Trading Legal ?

More information on this subject can be found at: http://www.innermind.com/myguides/misc/faqtrade.htm

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What if I don't have anything on a person's want list to trade?

Many different collectors will trade for various things. Contact the person you are looking to deal with to see if they have any suggestions for you.

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What about trading commercially-released videos ?

As is the practice of most videotape trading hobbyists, material traded is ALWAYS that of off-air taping by a home VCR from collector to collector only for their home personal enjoyment. Addtionally, episodes that are commercially available on VHS and DVD are purposely not available through most traders. And in our on-going effort to be an helpful and informative site, we occassionaly offer links to sites where you can purchase these commercially-released episodes and programs. In general, a great site to get the latest info on TV shows currently available on DVD is at www.tvshowsondvd.com.

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I don't get my favorite TV show on my cable system.  Who can help me?

Most likely, lots of folks. Just jump over to our message board and post your request. More than likely, someone will respond with assistance.

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When I see a show I'm interested in, I click on it to get more episode information, but nothing happens.  What am I doing wrong?

Nothing.  Chances are, there is not currently a present link to a listing of episodes known to exist for that particular program, although we are adding new links on a regular basis.  If you're interested in more information for any program(s), including what episodes may be known to exist, simply drop us an E-mail, and we'll be happy to send back a detailed reply, stating what we know. 


I don't see my question anywhere here. Now what?

Drop us an E-mail. Not only will we answer your question with a prompt reply, but we'll add it to this FAQ list.




Some wonderful reference materials for dealing with U.S commercial television are
(available directly from Amazon.com by clicking on the selected links):

Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle by Larry Gianakos

Television Comedy Series: An Episode Guide to 153 TV Sitcoms in Syndication by Joel Eisner & David Krisnsky


The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television by Wesley Hyatt

The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows by David Schwartz, Steve Ryan & Fred Wostbrock

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-Present by Tim Brooks & Earle Marsh

TV ENCYCLOPEDIA by David Inman (currently out of print and unavailable -- check your used local used book stores)

TV Tome -- A whole new TV reference guide for the shows you love.


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